COLUMBUS, Ohio – Corey Perry scored three goals for his fifth career hat trick — and second against Columbus this season — to lead the surging Anaheim Ducks past the Blue Jackets 5-3 on Sunday night.
Bobby Ryan had a goal and an assist, and Ryan Getzlaf added three assists for the Ducks. Jason Blake also scored for Anaheim, which was playing the second game of a season-long, eight-game road trip.
The 41-year-old Teemu Selanne, who leads Anaheim in points in his 20th season, picked up an assist to tie Brett Hull for 21st on the NHL's career list with 1,391 points.
Fedor Tyutin had a goal and an assist, and Aaron Johnson and Antoine Vermette also scored for the last-place Blue Jackets, who had won three of four but were mostly sloppy in the second of back-to-back games.
Despite earning at least a point in 15 of their last 17 games, the Ducks entered 11 points out of a playoff spot — largely due to a sluggish start that cost former coach Randy Carlyle his job.
Anaheim went ahead 5-1 late in the second period before Columbus made things interesting, at least for a moment.
Johnson scored in the last minute of the second when his slap shot caromed off the skate of a Ducks player past Jonas Hiller, who made his 14th straight start.
Vermette then dove through a pile of bodies to poke home a loose puck in the crease. His eighth goal of the season came on the power play just more than 5 minutes into the third, cutting Anaheim's lead to two. Rick Nash recorded his 250th career assist on the play.
Perry didn't waste any time getting on the scoresheet, striking just 46 seconds in. A shot bounced off Tyutin and Perry, last season's NHL MVP, quickly wristed a shot from the left circle past Steve Mason.
Perry scored his second on the power play on a nice cross-ice passing combination with Getzlaf, tucking his shot from the low right circle inside the near post.
Tyutin scored his fourth goal on a power play at 17:41. He one-timed a centering pass from Jeff Carter, who dished the puck while slicing to the net from the right wing.
The Ducks made it 4-1 just 2 minutes into the second.
Derek Dorsett coughed up the puck at his own blue line to Blake, who skated in alone and deked Mason for his fifth goal.
Just more than a minute later, Selanne faked a slap shot from the right side and deftly found Ryan, who scored his 21st with a laser from the slot on the power play.
Perry added his third goal of the night and 26th of the season, stuffing home a rebound after a power-play faceoff win at 12:38.
The Blue Jackets had a two-man advantage for 1:04 but didn't get a shot on goal.
NOTES: The Ducks are 12-3-3 since Jan. 1. ... Columbus scored on the power play for the fifth straight game, tying a season high. ... Mason made his second straight start in place of Curtis Sanford (back spasms). ... Anaheim improved to 5-1-2 away from home since dropping a franchise-record 13 straight on the road. ... Hiller made 24 saves, while Mason had 30.