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NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Anaheim



(Wednesday, February 20th)

Final Score: Anaheim 3, Colorado 2 (SO)

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Corey Perry scored the only goal in the shootout, as the Anaheim Ducks rallied past the Colorado Avalanche, 3-2, at Honda Center.

In the first round of the shootout, Perry skated down the right wing and slipped the puck between the pads of Peter Budaj. After Wojtek Wolski and Marek Svatos missed for Colorado, Ryan Getzlaf had the chance to win it for Anaheim, but his shot rang off the post. Jean-Sebastien Giguere denied Milan Hejduk in the third round to secure the win.

Teemu Selanne and Rob Niedermayer scored in regulation for the Ducks, who improved to 2-1-0 on their current seven-game homestand that continues Friday against St. Louis. Giguere made 26 saves in the win.

With the victory, Anaheim moves within four points of Dallas for first place in the Pacific Division.

"Giggy (Giguere) used to struggle a bit with shootouts," said Getzlaf. "He's worked so hard in the last little while to be able to steal us one like tonight. I thought he did a great job."

Andrew Brunette and Jeff Finger tallied for the Avalanche, who opened a five- game road trip by losing their season-high fifth straight. Budaj, making his first start since February 4, made 20 saves in defeat. Budaj has only one win in his last seven decisions.

"I don't fell like we played a bad game at all," said Hejduk. "We had a one- goal lead, but we couldn't hold it. Overall, I think it was a pretty good effort, but this is a tough building. It's encouraging to come out of here with some points."

Anaheim tied the game at two, as Chris Pronger's slapshot from the right point was redirected in front by Niedermayer at 9:23 of the third.

Despite being outshot 12-5 in the first period, Selanne's tally staked the Ducks to a 1-0 lead.

While on the power play, Chris Kunitz backhanded the puck between his legs to the lip of the crease, where Selanne lifted the puck over the left pad of Budaj with 6:29 remaining in the frame. The goal was the 542nd of the Finnish forward's illustrious career, passing the great Stan Mikita for 26th place on the all-time goals list.

Later in the stanza, Anaheim had a goal washed out because Kunitz redirected the puck with a high stick.

Colorado answered with an even-strength marker by Finger at the 8:12 mark of the second. T.J. Hensick circled behind the goal and threw the puck into the slot, where a pinching Finger fired a shot between the right arm and body of Giguere.

The Avalanche carried a 2-1 lead into the second intermission after Brunette netted his first goal since January 30. John Michael-Liles' blast from the point was deflected down low by Svatos, but Giguere made the save. However, Brunette was right on the doorstep and buried the rebound in the back of the net with 2:30 to go in the frame.

Game Notes

Anaheim will look to complete the sweep of the four-game season series March 6 at Colorado...Getzlaf extended his assist streak to five games...Before the game, Colorado activated defenseman Kyle Cumiskey from injured reserve. Cumiskey missed the previous 17 games due to a groin problem...Anaheim center Ryan Carter sustained a bruised right forearm in the first period and did not return...Colorado is 0-for-22 with the man advantage over the past five games...The Ducks are 7-1-0 since Selanne returned to the lineup.

02/21 01:47:28 ET


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