Blue Jackets Take on Anaheim Ducks in Second of Back-to-back, Lose Zach Werenski, then Fall to Ducks 6-4

By Derek Harper on April 17, 2022 at 11:15 pm
Apr 17, 2022; Anaheim, California, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jake Bean (22) controls the puck against the Anaheim Ducks during the second period at Honda Center.
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It was another tough ending for the Jackets in the second game of a California swing.

The Blue Jackets took on the Ducks at the Honda Center in Anaheim Sunday night in the second and final meeting this season between the two teams. The Ducks won the first meeting at Nationwide Arena in Columbus in a shootout 2-1 on December ninth. Sunday night it was Anaheim taking a back-and-forth affair by a final of 6-4.

The Ducks opened the scoring at the 3:17 mark on Troy Terry's 35th goal of the season on a one-timer assisted by Ryan Getzlaf from the left circle. 

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Just 50-seconds later at the 4:07 mark, the Blue Jackets tied it at one on Jake Bean's sixth of the season. Assists went to Jack Roslovic and Vladislav Gavrikov.

The Blue Jackets' lead didn't last long as just over a minute later, Troy Terry put it home at the 5:43 mark for his second of the night. The lone assist went to Kevin Shattenkirk.

Shortly after Terry's second goal of the night, Werenski struggled to get off the ice and was later diagnosed with an upper body injury. He would not return to the game.

 Anaheim extended their lead to 3-1 almost exactly two minutes later on a shot from Gerry Mayhew. Assists went to Trevor Zegras and Derek Grant. 

The first period ended with the Blue Jackets leading in shots 12-9, but the Ducks leading 3-1 on the scoreboard.

Then at the 1:34 mark of the second period, Bean stepped up scoring his second of the night and seventh of the season to pull the Blue Jackets within one at 3-2. The lone assist went to Adam Boqvist.

The Blue Jackets then tied it on Sean Kuraly's 14th goal of the season at the 10:52 mark of the second. Anaheim was trying to exit the zone and turned it over on a pass leading to Robinson feeding it home to Kuraly. The first assist went to Justin Danforth.

The second period ended with the Blue Jackets leading the shot category 22-21, but a 3-3 deadlock on the scoreboard.

The third period opened with Anaheim scoring early at the 1:03 mark on a goal from Trevor Zegras, his second point on the night. Assists went to Derek Grant and Gerry Mayhew, who each picked up their second point on the night.

Anaheim extended its lead to 5-3 on a goal by Cam Fowler. Assists went to Troy Terry and Ryan Getzlaf. Terry's assist was his third point on the night after two goals earlier.

The Blue Jackets pulled within one at 5-4 at the 7:22 mark on a goal by Cole Sillinger, his 14th goal this season and third in the last four games. Assists went to Jakub Voracek and Gustav Nyquist.

Anaheim made it 6-4 at the 19:04 mark on an empty-net goal from Derek Grant, his third point of the game. 

Grant's goal sealed it for the Ducks with the final scoreboard reading 6-4 in favor of Anaheim. The Jackets ended the game leading in shots 35-32.

Injury Update

Patrik Laine and Yegor Chinakhov are both out with upper body injuries. Goalies Daniil Tarasov and Joonas Korpisalo remain out with hip injuries. Forward Boone Jenner remains out week-to-week with a lower back injury.

Next Up

The Blue Jackets finish their three-game California swing when they head north to the Bay Area for a late 10:30 p.m. clash Tuesday night with the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center.