Anaheim vs Columbus
Sunday December 7th, 2008, a date that will live in infamy for Ducks fans, the 3,000th goal in franchise history was scored by Ryan Getzlaf in a contest against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Ducks beat the Blue Jackets with a score of 5-3, but with a score like that you'd never guess how close the game actually was.
Typically the worst period for the Ducks, they scored the first two goals of the game in the early minutes of the second period, with one by Getzlaf and the other by Ryan Carter. Getzlaf's second goal, and the 3,000th one in Duck's history came later in the same period. Columbus managed to score on a powerplay after a questionable call on Brett Festerling, ending the second period with a score of 3-1 in favor of the Ducks.
The real excitement came in the third period, after a seemingly decisive goal for Anaheim by Bobby Ryan. With a score of 4-1, most fans called it a game and began to leave. Columbus fought back, however, and scored twice in a span of 1:30 to catch up to the Ducks, 4-3. Although pressured, the Ducks kept up a tough offense, and scored on a Teemu Selanne breakaway to put the game away.
The Ducks spent 34 minutes in the penalty box altogether, mostly from five minute penalties for fighting, and one ten minute penalty for misconduct. A fight broke out early in the third that ended badly for one Blue Jacket player as he was wrestled to the ground and suffered a head injury from hitting the ice. 6 penalties were issued to four people, including a ten minute and five minute penalty to one player from each team for the severity of the fight. They played even strength through those penalties.
JS Giguere stopped the puck 29 times for his 200th career win.
The Ducks are now 15-10-3, and next face the St Louis Blues at home, on Wednesday, December 10th.
Lets Go Ducks!