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Blue Jackets Vs. Ducks Final Score: Columbus Falls 7-4 In Anaheim

Even though the Anaheim Ducks were near the bottom of the Western Conference standings along with the Columbus Blue Jackets, it was more of the same during a dreadful 2011-12 NHL season for Columbus. The Ducks were dominant at home with a hat trick from Chris Perry and a pair of goals each Teemu Selanne in a 7-4 win Sunday night. A Columbus win would have moved them out of last place in the Western Conference, but instead, Anaheim was able to increase its lead on the basement.

Columbus' Rick Nash had a pair of goals on the night, his second coming in the third period after Columbus was already down 6-2. Derek Dorsett added a late goal to make it 6-4 with under six minutes left, but Columbus could not overcome another slow start.

Anaheim went ahead 4-1 in the first period on goals from Andrew Cogliano, Perry, Selanne, and Saku Koivu. Nash's first goal was the only first period highlight for Columbus. Koivu added two assist to his goal as Anaheim's most consistent player. Perry added a goal in the final minute to earn his hat trick.

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