The Columbus Blue Jackets were coming off their first win of the season on Monday. The Anaheim Ducks entered Nationwide Arena on the back end of back-to-back games after losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins (their first loss of the season) by a final score of 2-1 on Thursday night.
The first half of the contest was scoreless, with Columbus getting the better chances overall – including a shot from Oliver Bjorksrand that went off the crossbar – but couldn't get on the board despite two power-play opportunities
The third man advantage for the Jackets was an opportunity to finally break through. However, things didn't go as planned when Jakob Silfverberg scored a shorthanded goal for Anaheim after goaltender Joonas Korpisalo made the initial stop. Less than two minutes later, the Ducks had an odd-man rush and Cam Fowler put the road team up 2-0.
The Blue Jackets battled back at the end of the second period. Pierre-Luc Dubois wasn't having his best night early on, but that changed when he scored from a sharp angle, with the puck going off Ryan Miller's shoulder and into the back of the net to make it a 2-1 deficit only 80 seconds after the Fowler goal.
Shortly thereafter, it was Korpisalo who stood tall.
Columbus continued to generate chances in the third period but were unable to find a way to get the puck past Miller for a second time.
There were no injuries to report from tonight's game. Josh Anderson is on the injured reserve due to an upper-body injury.
The Blue Jackets will end up playing in back-to-back nights, with a trip down south to face the Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow at PNC Arena. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m.