When the Blue Jackets suffered critical defensive breakdowns or turnovers, the Anaheim Ducks made them pay by scoring quick goals. The Ducks made more mistakes over the course of 60 minutes, but the Blue Jackets couldn't convert scoring chances into goals.

That's a 41-word paragraph, when the difference between the Blue Jackets and Ducks could really be distilled into one word: skill.

The Ducks, one of the NHL's most pleasant surprises so far this season, prevailed 3-2 before 14,713 in Honda Center.

Derick Brassard and Vinny Prospal scored for the Blue Jackets, who have lost six straight on the road and are 1-5-1 overall in their last seven. Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky had some spectacular saves among his 26, but has now gone five games without a win.

"We had so many chances," Brassard said. "I had so many chances, I can't even remember them. We had a really good start to the game, but it's only 1-0. We needed it to be more. It's too bad because in a lot of ways I feel like we deserved to win the game. We're so close in almost every game right now, we just can't get that big goal to make a difference."