Carney's late tally helps Ducks fend off Blue Jackets

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Keith Carney's goal with 2:36 to play
Friday night lifted the Anaheim Mighty Ducks to a 4-3 victory over
the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Carney ripped a slap shot past Blue Jackets goalie Pascal
Leclaire just 1:31 after Jan Hrdina scored his second goal of the
game to lift Columbus into a tie.

Anaheim's Joffrey Lupul gave the Ducks a 3-2 lead with 12:31
left before Hrdina tied it. Bryan Berard scored a power-play goal
earlier in the third period to get the Blue Jackets even at 2.
Columbus was just 1-for-24 with the man advantage before Berard

Both teams were without top offensive players. Anaheim center
Sergei Fedorov was held out with a groin injury, and defenseman
Sandis Ozolinsh was sidelined by the flu. Columbus forward Rick
Nash was out again because of a sprained right ankle.

The Blue Jackets fell to 1-2 on a four-game road trip that ends
Sunday at Los Angeles.

Jonathan Hedstrom calmly maneuvered with the puck deep in the
Columbus zone before sending a pass through the crease to Travis
Moen, who lofted a backhand shot over Leclaire to give Anaheim a
1-0 lead 7:50 into the second period.

Lupul swatted in a rebound just outside the crease with 4:07 to
play in the second. Rookie Corey Perry assisted on the play. Perry
has a point in each of Anaheim's four games this season, becoming
the first rookie in franchise history to do so.
Game notes
Anaheim D Jason Marshall went to the locker room after
being hit in the face while blocking a shot by Jaroslav Balastik in
the first period. ... Nash is expected to be out another two weeks
because of the ankle injury sustained during a training camp
scrimmage Sept. 14. He played fewer than nine minutes in the Blue
Jackets' season opener on Oct. 5 and hasn't played since.