Ducks look to continue flight up standings
DUCKS (27-20-4) at BLUE JACKETS (23-20-5)
TV -- FS-W (HD), FS-O
Last 10 --
Anaheim 7-3-0; Columbus 3-5-2
Season series --
This is the fourth and final meeting between the teams this season. The Jackets won the first two games, but the Ducks earned a 6-0 victory Jan. 7 at Honda Center.
Big story --
It's the final game before the All-Star break for both teams. After losing five straight, the Jackets are 3-0-2 in their last five. Meanwhile, the Ducks are 9-3-0 in their last 12 and surging up the Western Conference standings.
Saku Koivu's emotional return to Montreal on Saturday nearly turned ugly when the former Habs captain watched the Ducks blow a 3-1 late in the third period. Koivu was in the penalty box when the Canadiens tied it with 13 seconds remaining, but the Ducks emerged with a 4-3 shootout victory.
"There's not really words to describe the feeling that I had out there, and then at the end after the game," said Koivu. "A great night -- it's going to be a memory that's going to go with me through the rest of my life. It's a good feeling right now."
Blue Jackets --
After spotting the St. Louis Blues two goals Saturday, Columbus scored five straight to earn a 5-2 victory. It was the Jackets' first win in their last 11 trips to St. Louis.
"We're starting to play better, to get things going," said Jackets captain Rick Nash
. "To come in here and get two points against a team we're going to battle for a playoff spot -- that's huge."
Who's hot --
Anaheim's Bobby Ryan has 7 goals and 3 assists in his last eight games. … Nash has points in seven consecutive games (4 goals, 6 assists).
Injury report --
Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf (nasal fractures) will be out until after the All-Star break. … Jackets defenseman Rostislav Klesla
had to be helped from the ice during Saturday's game, putting his status for Tuesday in question.
Stat pack --
The Ducks' penalty killing was 30-for-31 in 10 games before allowing two goals on six chances to the Canadiens. … The Jackets are facing the NHL's leaders in major penalties for the second game in a row. The Ducks are tied with the Blues with 49 majors.
Puck drop --
"We kind of let them back in the game by taking those penalties. It shouldn't have happened but that's the way it goes. I think the difference right now is we still found a way to win. At the beginning of the year we let the other team come back and we would end up losing." -- Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller, following Saturday's victory.