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NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Colorado



(Saturday, January 31st)

Final Score: Anaheim 4, Colorado 3

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Teemu Selanne netted the game-winner early in the third period, as the Anaheim Ducks edged the Colorado Avalanche, 4-3, at Pepsi Center.

Ryan Getzlaf and Scott Niedermayer both registered a goal and two assists for the Ducks, who entered play having lost five of their last seven games. Jonas Hiller recorded 34 saves to earn the win.

John-Michael Liles, Milan Hejduk and Ian Laperriere lit the lamp for the melting Avalanche, who have lost four straight and seven of eight overall. Peter Budaj surrendered four goals on 31 shots for Colorado, which dropped to 1-5-0 on a season-long eight-game homestand.

"We played a good 40 minutes and then we got away from our game," Laperriere said.

Laperriere snapped a perfect shot from the top of the left circle over the glove of Hiller with 9:31 left in the second period for a 3-2 Avalanche lead.

Niedermayer's power-play goal evened things up with 6:25 to go in the frame, and Selanne gave Anaheim the lead at 5:04 of the third, lifting the puck over Budaj's glove.

There were anxious moments late in the game as Colorado pressed with the goaltender removed for an extra skater. Hiller, though, was up to the task and put up an impenetrable wall.

"I liked the way we responded in the third," said Niedermayer. "We played smart."

Liles' cannon from the point while on the power play opening the scoring 8:01 into the contest. George Parros banged in a rebound 1:22 later, and Getzlaf put the Ducks on top with 3:54 remaining in the first period.

Hejduk tied the score with a short-handed tally at the 8:45 mark of the middle stanza. Anaheim defenseman Bret Hedican coughed up the puck to Hejduk in the neutral zone and he broke in alone on Hiller, firing a low wrister into the short side of the net.

Game Notes

Selanne appeared in his 617th career game as a Duck, passing Steve Rucchin for the all-time lead in franchise history...Anaheim rookie forward Bobby Ryan had scored in five straight games, but still collected an assist to extend his point streak to seven games (five goals, three assists)...Both clubs finished 1-for-5 on the power play.

01/31 18:27:10 ET


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