Friday, October 28, 2016

Gagner and Saad score 2 each as Blue Jackets beat Ducks 4-0

Sam Gagner and Brandon Saad each scored twice in the first period and Sergei Bobrovskystopped 35 shots for his 14th career shutout as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-0 on Friday night.
Gagner scored midway through the first period, cleaning upScott Hartnell's missed shot for his first goal since signing with the Blue Jackets as a free agent.
Saad scored 21 seconds later as he unleashed a wrist shot from the high slot that hit the post and careened in. Saad knew it was a goal and started celebrating immediately, but the officials needed a video review to confirm it.
Saad then swatted in his own rebound with 6:10 left for his 10th career multi-goal game and first with the Blue Jackets.
Gagner added a power-play goal 20 seconds later with Nick Foligno picking up his third assist to match his career high and tie the team record for helpers in a period.
Alexander Wennberg had assists on Saad and Gagner's second goals.
Ducks goalie John Gibson made 28 saves before being replaced by Dustin Tokarski midway through the third period. Tokarski stopped all five shots he faced.
The game was surprisingly heated, with Blue Jackets RW Josh Anderson and Ducks D Josh Manson fighting 1:50 into the first period.
Foligno bowled over Gibson in the second period, with the goaltender taking visible offense to the collision.
Anderson lost his footing and plowed into Gibson in the third period, leading to more jawing.
NOTES: The Ducks had earned at least a point in their previous foru games. ... Ducks C Ryan Getzlafreturned to action after missing one game with an upper-body injury. ... The Blue Jackets scored four goals in a period for the 14th time in franchise history, having last done so against Chicago in March 2015. ... After scoring three power-play goals against Nashville on Wednesday, the Ducks were 0 for 4 with the man-advantage.
Blue Jackets: Host Dallas on Monday night.
Ducks: At Los Angeles on Monday night.

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