Jones breaks tie late for Ducks in win against Blue Jackets
ANAHEIM — Max Jones broke a tie late in the third period for the Anaheim Ducks in a 7-4 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Honda Center on Friday.
Jones stole the puck from defenseman Andrew Peeke at the Columbus blue line and scored on a breakaway to give Anaheim a 5-4 lead at 17:23 of the third period, its fifth lead of the game.
Scott Harrington lofted a shot that bounced into the empty net with 48 seconds left to make it 6-4, and Ryan Strome scored another empty-net goal with 34 seconds remaining for the 7-4 final.
Harrington scored twice, Troy Terry and Strome each had a goal and an assist, Simon Benoit had two assists for his first NHL multipoint game, and Lukas Dostal made 38 saves for the Ducks (23-36-10), who are 6-2-3 in their past 11 games.
Patrik Laine had a goal and an assist, and Michael Hutchinson made 31 saves and had an assist for the Blue Jackets (21-40-7), who became the second NHL team eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs (San Jose Sharks).
The Ducks took a 1-0 lead at 3:19 of the first period on a one-timer by Trevor Zegras.
Nick Blankenburg redirected a pass through Dostal’s pads to tie it 1-1 at 10:57.
Harrington made it 2-1 at 14:37 with a point shot through traffic for his first goal with the Ducks since he was acquired off waivers from the New Jersey Devils on Feb. 28.
Boone Jenner tied it 2-2 at 19:29 on a wrist shot off the rush.
Max Comtois scored on a wrist shot from the top of the left circle to move Anaheim back ahead 3-2 at 3:44 of the second period.
Columbus tied it 3-3 at 16:35 of the second when Cole Sillinger redirected a pass from Kent Johnson while on a power play to end a 45-game goal drought.
Terry redirected a pass from defenseman Colton White into the net to move the Ducks ahead 4-3 at 2:25 of the third period.
Laine scored the second power play of the game for Columbus when he put in his own rebound to make it 4-4 at 6:43.