COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks overcame the loss of Saku Koivu to cool off the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Corey Perry scored with 2:25 remaining in the third period on Sunday night and Anaheim edged Columbus 4-3, ending the Blue Jackets' three-game winning streak.
An intended pass by Columbus' Dalton Prout to his defensive partner caromed hard off the back boards into the slot to Perry, who wristed a shot over a sprawled Sergei Bobrovsky.
"It was just one of those ones where it takes a weird hop and came right to me," Perry said, converting his sixth season of the season. "If it didn't go in I probably would have had to hear about it from the bench."
The Ducks lost Koivu late in the second period on a hit that resulted in the ejection of Columbus' Brandon Dubinsky.
Koivu, who had just passed the puck crossing into the Columbus zone, took a blow and had to be helped from the ice. He did not return.
Dubinsky said he didn't have any malicious intent and was just trying to read the play.
"I think my shoulder and elbow were tucked," he said. "It's a fast game. I'm not a dirty player. I think I play the game honest. I went out there to try to make a body check, not injure Koivu or make a dirty hit."
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau wanted to see the play in slow motion before getting too emotional.
"I'm sure it will be discussed by a lot of people," he said. "It does me no good stating thoughts and things like that. We'll see what happens."
Artem Anisimov scored twice, rebounding from a hard first-period check by Francois Beauchemin, and Blake Comeau scored his first of the season for Columbus, which finished a four-game homestand at 3-1.
Bobrovsky, last season's Vezina Trophy winner, stopped 28 of 32 shots.
Ryan Getzlaf, Peter Holland and Emerson Etem scored for Anaheim.
Anaheim is playing the fourth of an eight-game road trip. The Ducks improved to 2-2 on the trip after starting the season winning seven of their first eight games. Rookie Frederik Anderson made 18 saves to improve to 3-0 on the season.