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Chimera and Denis Lead Columbus To a 1-0 Win
Denis Makes 40 Saves

Wednesday, 12.28.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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Chimera and Denis Lead Columbus To a 1-0 Win
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(AP) -- Jason Chimera was credited with a goal that Anaheim's Teemu Selanne slid into his own net late in the third period, giving the Columbus Blue Jackets a 1-0 victory against the Mighty Ducks on Wednesday night.

With heavy traffic to the right of Jean-Sebastien Giguere, the puck squirted into the crease. Selanne tried to freeze the puck under his goaltender, but it trickled across the line with just 3:07 remaining.

The teams traded chances the entire game with both goaltenders making tough saves. Marc Denis made 40 saves in posting his 15th career shutout. Columbus has won two straight after losing six in a row.

Giguere stopped 41 shots for Anaheim, 5-4-2 in its last 11. The Ducks have only three road wins this season, tied for the fewest in the NHL.

The Blue Jackets' third line of Mike Rupp, Trevor Letowski and Chimera created several scoring chances for Columbus in the third period.

Letowski, who has one goal in 27 games, twice was stopped by Giguere on odd-man rushes. He also fired wide from close range midway through the period.

The game was the first between the teams since a Nov. 15 trade that sent former MVP Sergei Fedorov from Anaheim to Columbus for Tyler Wright and Francois Beauchemin. Todd Marchant, another former Blue Jackets player, was claimed off waivers by the Ducks one week later.

Beauchemin nearly scored midway through the first period, joining in a counterattack, but his shot hit the left post.

Columbus also had early opportunities but failed to convert on a 1:16 two-man advantage late in the period, and on a 1:22 two-man advantage in the early stages of the second.

The game turned chippy starting midway through the second period as the teams totaled 36 penalty minutes in a 1:19 span. That included two fights in four seconds.

Anaheim's Joffrey Lupul, working off the right half boards, eluded a check and threaded a pass to a streaking Chris Kunitz but Denis gloved Kunitz's shot from just inside the hash marks at 16:30.

Columbus finished 0-for-10 on the power play. The Ducks were 0-for-4.

Game notes
Since the trade, Fedorov has seven points. Wright, Marchant and Beauchemin have combined for 20. ... Columbus D Bryan Berard, tied for second on the team with 19 points, missed his fifth consecutive game with a bulging disc in his lower back. ... Ducks C Zenon Konopka was given a game misconduct because his jersey wasn't tied down and it came off during a fight with Adam Foote. ... Blue Jackets C Jan Hrdina left in the second period with a chest injury and didn't return.

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