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Ducks beat Blue Jackets in shootout

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Dec 9, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Anaheim Ducks defenseman Jamie Drysdale (34) checks Columbus Blue Jackets center Sean Kuraly (7) during the first period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 9, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Anaheim Ducks defenseman Jamie Drysdale (34) checks Columbus Blue Jackets center Sean Kuraly (7) during the first period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Trevor Zegras and Rickard Rakell scored in the shootout to lift the visiting Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night.

Isac Lundestrom scored in regulation, and John Gibson made 33 saves for the Ducks, who are 2-0-1 on their five-game road trip.

Alexandre Texier scored, and Elvis Merzlikins made 25 saves for the Blue Jackets, who have lost six of their past seven.

The Blue Jackets took a 1-0 lead at 8:02 of the first period.

Columbus dumped the puck behind the Anaheim net and Sean Kuraly got to it first. Ducks defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk went behind the net to contest Kuraly, leaving Texier alone near the left post.

Kuraly passed the puck out to Eric Robinson near the goal line and he quickly made a cross-ice pass to the wide-open Texier, who scored on a one-timer for his ninth goal of the season.

The Ducks tied it 1-1 at 10:23 of the first period after Lundestrom took possession of the puck near the Columbus blue line with room in front.

Blue Jackets forward Cole Sillinger was the closest player to Lundestrom and tried to close the gap, but he was unable to catch up to Lundestrom before he slid the puck through the pads of Merzlikins to complete the breakaway.

The Blue Jackets appeared to move into the lead when Zach Werenski scored 52 seconds into the second period, but the Ducks requested a video review and it was determined Werenski was offsides prior to the goal.

It was the fifth time in the past eight games the Blue Jackets had a goal disallowed following an offsides review.

The Blue Jackets went on their second power play when Kevin Shattenkirk was called for high sticking Jakub Voracek with 3:32 left in the second period.

Werenski had a prime scoring chance late in the man-advantage, but Gibson used his right pad to turn the shot away.

–Field Level Media