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Ducks top Blue Jackets behind Perry's hat trick

Jan 9, 2012 - 6:13 AM
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Corey Perry recorded his fourth career hat trick, leading the Ducks to a 7-4 victory over the Blue Jackets.

Teemu Selanne added two tallies for Anaheim, which has won two in a row for the first time since October. The Ducks had won just twice in November and only three times in December.

"We got the start we wanted and never looked back," Perry said. "This was a good win and we really stood up for each other."

Anaheim's Jonas Hiller started in net and played the first period, and left the game after suffering a lower body injury. Iiro Tarkki, making his NHL debut, gave up three goals on nine shots in relief.

Columbus netminder Steve Mason gave up four goals on 16 shots in the first period, and was pulled in favor of Curtis Sanford, who made eight saves.

Rick Nash scored twice for the Blue Jackets, who were coming off Saturday's shutout against the Kings in Los Angeles.

The Ducks took control in the first period, when Andrew Cogliano netted a rebound only 2:14 in. Perry scored in transition off a feed from Bobby Ryan with just under seven minutes to go.

Nash got Columbus on the board later in the period, but the Ducks scored two quick goals to build a 4-1 advantage. With 1:36 left, Selanne stuffed a backhander past Mason by the right post during a power play, and only 35 seconds later, Saku Koivu scored on a wrister from the slot.

"The first period was ugly. We turned over pucks and we were sloppy," said Columbus defenseman Grant Clitsome.

The Ducks held a 5-2 lead after two periods -- Columbus' Derick Brassard and Perry both lit the lamp during a power play in the middle frame.

Selanne's transition tip-in only 27 seconds into the third period widened the gap to four. While scores from Nash and Vinny Prospal brought the Blue Jackets within two late in the period, Perry completed his hat trick with an empty- netter in the final minute.

Game Notes

Blue Jackets forward Jeff Carter suffered a separated shoulder in the second period, but the extent of the injury is not known...The last time Perry had a hat trick was April 6 of last season...The Ducks were 3-of-5 on power plays, including a goal during a 5-on-3...Columbus had won the first matchup this season, on October 30.