ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks looked lethargic in the opening 10 minutes against the NHL's worst team, when they were outshot 10-2.
But Jonas Hiller made some solid saves after giving up the game's first goal, and the Ducks eventually found their scoring punch in beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 for their fifth straight victory on Monday night.
"That first period was the worst we've played all season," said Ryan Getzlaf, who along with Peter Holland, scored 21 seconds apart in the first to rally the Ducks. "All these points matter and our team is finding ways to win. We're getting some great goaltending."
The Pacific Division-leading Ducks' winning streak is currently the longest in the NHL and they've also won their last five home games. They were coming off a 5-1-0 road trip, the best win percentage for a trip of five or more games in franchise history.
"We're just not panicking," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "They are playing with a lot of confidence."
Jonas Hiller made 25 saves for his first win since Feb. 2 against Los Angeles. He was playing his first full game since then after missing time because of a lower body injury.
"I was excited to be back playing," he said.
The Ducks' defense shut down Columbus, which had a 6-on-4 after pulling goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and Anaheim's Corey Perry took a holding penalty with 34 seconds remaining in the game.
"That's why we have success, because everybody is sacrificing and working hard even if they're not feeling their best," Hiller said. "Even though we don't play our best game we'll find a way."
Vinny Prospal gave the Blue Jackets an early lead before they lost their third in a row and dropped to 1-6-0 on the road. He scored when the puck bounced high off his chest and into the net past a sprawled Hiller at 3:30 of the first period.
"Every game on this road trip we've lost by one or two goals and put a lot of shots on net. We knew Hiller was coming back from an injury, so that was the game plan," said Derick Brassard, who scored the Blue Jackets' other goal. "We did a good job of attacking their defensemen, but they blocked a lot of shots and maybe that's why they're having success right now.
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