It took over ten games, but the biggest names on the Anaheim Ducks finally burst into life.
In his first game back from an emergency appendectomy, Ryan Getzlaf and linemate Corey Perry each notched three assists, vaulting the Ducks to a third consecutive victory by the score of 4-2 over the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets. Getzlaf was named the first star of the contest, Perry the second.
The win snaps a modest two-game win streak for the Jackets, who were looking to sweep their three-game California road trip.
Anaheim opened the scoring just 3:28 in as Cam Fowler slammed home a rebound off a Corey Perry breakaway. His second of the season was Ryan Getzlaf's second point, as he registered an assist, setting up Perry for the initial attempt.
The Twins would combine once again later on Josh Manson's first career NHL goal. Manson sneaked his way to the top of the right circle where Corey Perry found him with a pass, which he dragged towards the middle of the ice before snapping the puck past a helpless Curtis McElheinney.
McElheinney saved 30 of 33 shots he faced on the night, including making a spectacular stop late in the game on a two-on-one break by Ryan Kesler and Carl Hagelin.
His counterpart, Frederik Andersen, earned his third win of the season, making 34 saves on 36 shots he faced. Both pucks that beat him came from the stick of Duck-killer Scott Hartnell. Hartnell, who had a hat trick the last time these two teams met (a 5-3 Jackets win on March 24th), has six goals in his last three contests against Anaheim.
"Quite honestly, after the second period I thought we had 'em," Columbus head coach John Tortorella said post-game. The Blue Jackets trailed 2-1 at the end of the second period, but began the third frame with nearly an entire two minutes-worth of power play.
Anaheim, however, unlike many previous games this season, came out swinging in the third period and out-attempted the Blue Jackets significantly through the first 15 minutes of the frame.
Patrick Maroon would tally on the power play in the second period, and Clayton Stoner capped off the night for Anaheim with a late long-bomb into the empty net.
"We've been struggling for goals lately, so any time I can help out by putting one in, that's huge," Manson said in his post-game interview.
The Anaheim Ducks will be right back at it again as they travel overnight to San Jose, where they will face the Sharks on the tail-end of back-to-backs. Last time the two teams met, the Sharks shut out the Ducks 2-0 for their fifth win in the last six meetings between the two teams.
Odd Stat: The win marks the third time this season the Ducks have won while scoring four goals. Only one win has come with a different number (3-2 over the Florida Panthers), and the team has not yet scored five in a game on the year.