, Ohio — home from a three-game western swing to face the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night at Nationwide Arena.The business trip wasn’t exactly a California dream, but the Blue Jackets can accept the results. They posted a 1-1-1 record, losing at the last stop 3-2 in overtime to the Anaheim Ducks.Pierre-Luc Dubois‘ second goal of the game with 32 seconds remaining in the third period salvaged a point for the Blue Jackets in the final game of the trip. Anaheim’s Cam Fowler scored his third goal of the game 36 seconds into overtime to end the Ducks’ seven-game losing streak and foil the Blue Jackets’ chance to pick up another point.Article continues below ...“We need consistency. We understand how we need to play,” Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones said, according to the team’s website. “We had a great game in San Jose (4-1 win on Thursday). Then we kind of, I thought, wet the bed in LA (4-1 loss to the Kings).“Then we come here (to Anaheim), maybe 35 minutes is good, 40 minutes is good, but we’ve got to put 60 minutes together every night. It’s never going to be perfect Authentic Matt Ryan Jersey
, but we’ve got to find a way to not trail every game, especially not come back every game, and jump out to a lead.”Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella is trying to instill confidence in the players.“I don’t know where it goes sometimes when you don’t have it,” he said. “But we’ve got try and find it.“We’ve got some guys who don’t feel good about themselves, so we’ve got to try and build them up.”Tortorella also is trying to figure out how to jump-start the Blue Jackets’ power play, which went 0 of 6 against the Ducks and has failed to convert on the last 20 opportunities.Tuesday’s game against the Stars will be the Blue Jackets’ fourth straight against Western Conference opponents and seventh in nine games before they return to playing Eastern Conference teams.“It starts with getting momentum, getting some chances,” Tortorella said. “That’s how you get some confidence, then the puck gets into the net.”The Blue Jackets (7-6-1) have dominated the series with the Stars (8-5-1) in recent years, winning the past five meetings between the clubs and three straight at home. But each of the last three games in the series was decided by one goal.Columbus is 10-2-1 in the last 13 games against Dallas and 5-1-1 in the last seven at Nationwide Arena.Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky also has fared well against the Stars during his career Matt Ryan Jersey Limited
, posting a sterling 10-1-1 record with a 1.74 goals-against average and a .944 save percentage.Bobrovsky hasn’t come close to elevating his play to that level yet this season. In nine games, he has posted a 3-6-0 record with a 2.46 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage.He’ll face a team enduring the second night of a back-to-back that began Monday with a 2-1 overtime loss in Boston to the Bruins that ended a three-game win streak. The game in Columbus ends Boston’s six-game road trip.After Radek Faksa scored at 3:51 of the opening period on Dallas’ first shot of the game against Boston, the Stars were shut out the rest of the way by Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask. The Stars gave up the winning goal on a five-on-three when Brad Marchand beat goalie Anton Khudobin with just 31 seconds left in OT.Bruins No. 1 goalie Ben Bishop is expected to be back in the net against the Blue Jackets. He is 6-4-0 with a 2.32 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage.Stars captain Jamie Benn has a history playing well against the Blue Jackets. He has contributed a goal or assist in the Stars’ last nine visits to Nationwide Arena.First-year Stars coach Jim Montgomery likes the direction the team is headed despite Monday’s loss.“There’s a lot of belief right now,” Montgomery said. “I don’t see any complacency in our group, I just see a determination and a focus that I haven’t seen before. That’s the exciting part.” ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A few ticks left on the clock were all Mikko Rantanen needed to make a winner of the Colorado Avalanche.Rantanen’s power-play slap shot with 1.3 seconds remaining in overtime gave the Avalanche a 4-3 victory Sunday over the slumping Anaheim Ducks.Colorado overcame a 3-1 deficit to hand the Ducks their 12th loss in 15 games. Rantanen added two assists to his eighth goal of the season, increasing his NHL-leading total to 32 points.“He’s a highly competitive individual player,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. “He wants to be on the ice all the time.”Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and two assists, and Philipp Grubauer stopped 30 shots for the Avalanche.“He made some really big saves,” Rantanen said. “One breakaway save http://www.atlantafalconsteamonline.com/matt-ryan-jersey
, I think that was the highlight. He kept it a 3-2 game. It was a really good game from him. He made some big saves in the OT, too.”Sven Andrighetto and Gabriel Landeskog scored the other Colorado goals.Brandon Montour, Ryan Getzlaf and Ondrej Kase scored for Anaheim. Backup goalie Ryan Miller made 38 saves.Landeskog tied it 3-all at 11:20 of the third period, taking a nice feed from behind the net.“We kind of felt like we had more to give going into the third period,” Bednar said. “We come up with a big power-play goal at the end of the second to get within striking distance, then came out and won the third.”The injury-riddled Ducks played with four rookie defenders and had to use Miller when normal starter John Gibson came down with the flu. They called up three players from their development team in San Diego before the game.“We have all the confidence in the world with guys coming up,” Montour said. “They’re getting their experience. It’s good for us.”The Avalanche, meanwhile, have won three of four. Their first line of Rantanen, MacKinnon and Landeskog is the top-scoring line in the NHL and it began to dominate from the third period on.Pontus Aberg was penalized for slashing MacKinnon with 15 seconds on the clock in overtime Authentic Calvin Ridley Jersey
, and Rantanen wasted little time making the man-advantage count.“You just kind of had the feeling with some of the chances that they started to create that they’d be difference-makers,” Bednar said. “And then they end up getting a couple goals for us, a couple big goals for us.”The Ducks led 3-2 after a high-scoring second period.Colorado tied it at 1 when Andrighetto got a pass from Patrick Nemeth and slipped the puck past Miller.Anaheim regained the lead with a power-play goal a minute later as Getzlaf fired a slap shot from long range that beat Grubauer up high. The Ducks made it 3-1 when Montour came down the right side and sent a wrist shot that Kase deflected in for his first goal of the season.Just 4:34 into the second, Montour had a career-high three points (one goal, two assists).“I thought we executed with the puck early in the game,” Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. “We had some questionable plays later where we seemed to get a little soft with it. There were more pucks bouncing and rolling around.“They came with more pressure. They got on us, and we didn’t execute quite to the same level in the last half of the game.”The Avs pulled within one on a power-play goal of their own as MacKinnon put in a rebound for his 13th of the season.The Ducks opened the scoring 4:45 into the first on Montour’s goal. Aberg fired a shot from 40 feet out and the rebound came to Montour. He took the puck in stride, skated behind the net and slipped in a wraparound past Grubauer.NOTES: It was just the fourth time in their last 15 games that the Ducks scored first. Anaheim has scored more than three goals only once this season. … Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm was scratched with a lower-body injury. … Anaheim defenseman Cam Fowler had surgery Friday for fractures in his cheekbone, upper jaw and orbital bone. The team has not announced a timetable for his return.UP NEXTAvalanche: At the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night.Ducks: Host the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night.