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Nash, Leclaire key Jackets' shutout win over Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets are big fans of
the new NHL shootout. The Anaheim Mighty Ducks are not.

Rick Nash scored the only goal of the shootout, and the Blue
Jackets ended a four-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the
Ducks on Sunday.

Nash initially stumbled with the puck as he approached the
Anaheim goal, but recovered to beat Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien
Giguere with a backhander on the third Columbus shot of the
tiebreaker.

Blue Jackets goalie Pascal Leclaire then stopped Teemu Selanne
on the final Anaheim shot to help Columbus improve to 7-2 in
shootouts and 11-2 overall in overtime.

The Ducks are having considerably less success after regulation,
dropping to 2-7 in shootouts and 3-12 in overtime.

"It was definitely a lucky goal," Nash said. "I came down and
had a different move in mind, but he took that away. I had to
adjust, and lost my balance. Lucky enough I stayed up and put it
in."

The Blue Jackets had lost four straight, including the first
three games on a four-game road trip that ended Sunday.

"We played pretty good in the first two games, but didn't get
any points," forward Jason Chimera said. "Tonight we came out and
played well again. They got a goal to tie it, but we kept working.
It was a key win for us."

Anaheim fell four points behind eighth-place Edmonton in the
Western Conference playoff race.

"Any point is going to be very important, so we should be happy
about that," Giguere said. "The only thing is we have to have a
better start."

Jaroslav Balastik and Nikolai Zherdev scored power-play goals in
the first period to give Columbus a 2-1 lead. That stood up until
the third period when Andy McDonald tied it for Anaheim with just
2:24 left in regulation.

The Ducks had a power-play opportunity in overtime but couldn't
beat Leclaire, who had 43 saves. He also stopped Anaheim captain
Scott Niedermayer on a third-period penalty shot.

"It's disappointing. I know we came back to tie it, but right
now that's not good enough," McDonald said. "We'll take the
point, but it seems we have come out flat in the last three games
after the break and that is hurting us."

David Vyborny set up Balastik for a goal from the slot to give
Columbus a 1-0 lead 11 minutes into the game.

Anaheim forward Ryan Getzlaf deflected in a slap shot by former
Columbus defenseman Francois Beauchemin during a Ducks power play
to make it 1-1 at 16:30 of the first period.

The Blue Jackets used the power play to retake the lead less
than 2 minutes later on Zherdev's fourth goal in four games.

Nash and Sergei Fedorov assisted on Zherdev's goal, giving the
trio 36 goals in 30 games since Nash returned from injury on Dec.
17.

"We are basically working for next season, the last 20 games
it's important for us to find the core chemistry of our team. This
organization wants to make the playoffs," said Fedorov, who was
traded by Anaheim to Columbus for Beauchemin and Tyler Wright on
Nov. 16.

"After the warmup I knew the fans were not going to boo me,
that's a good feeling," said Fedorov, a former Red Wings star who
is routinely jeered in Detroit whenever he touches the puck.

Game notes
Anaheim assigned C Zenon Konopka to Portland of the AHL.
... Ducks D Keith Carney left the game with back spasms and didn't
return. ... Columbus forward Trevor Letowski missed the game with
the flu. He became ill in Los Angeles on Saturday.