Ducks overcome 3-goal deficit to beat Blue Jackets 5-3

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Cam Fowler, Trevor Zegras and Adam Enrique each had a goal and an assist as the Anaheim Ducks overcame a three-goal deficit to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-3 on Thursday night to make it five game losing streak.

The Ducks scored three times in the second period before scoring the third period winner. It was Anaheim’s fifth multi-goal comeback of the season, tying them with New Jersey for the NHL lead.

Simon Benoit and Max Jones also scored, while Isaac Lundestrom and Troy Terry had two assists each. Anthony Stolarge stopped 12 shots before being replaced by John Gibson, who stopped all 18 shots he faced.

Mathieu Olivier, Jack Raslovich and Nick Blankenburg scored for Columbus, while Elvis Merzlikins stopped 28 shots. The Blue Jackets have lost three straight and seven of their last eight, including three straight at home.

Both teams finished last in their divisions.

Columbus scored on the first two shots of the game from Olivier, his first goal since Nov. 23, and Roslovic. Blankenburg made it 3-0 with 2:17 left in the period, seconds after a shot buried Lundestrom in the Columbus bench.

By the second period, Anaheim had had enough.

Enrique beat Mertzlikins’ stick 22 seconds after Stolarz replaced Gibson at the net. Fowler and Benoit then tied the game for the Ducks. Zegrass’ goal at the 5:07 mark was the game-winner, and Merzlikins slammed his stick down the ice in frustration. Jones added an insurance goal with 4:29 left.

FURTHER

Ducks: At Buffalo Saturday night.

Blue Jackets: Host San Jose on Saturday night.

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