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
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
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.
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