NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Colorado
(Wednesday, March 25th)
Final Score: Anaheim 7, Colorado 2
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Andrew Ebbett registered a goal and two assists and Corey Perry scored twice, as the Anaheim Ducks took advantage of brutal goaltending to pulverize the listless Colorado Avalanche, 7-2, at Pepsi Center.
Erik Christensen and Petteri Nokelainen both finished with a goal and an assist for the streaking Ducks, who have won five straight games and six of the last seven. Jonas Hiller made 34 saves for Anaheim, which is seventh in the Western Conference with 80 points.
"We're happy with the two points," said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle. "It's been a while since we were on the right side of a game like this. We're not going to get too confident."
Milan Hejduk and Cody McLeod each had a goal for the Avalanche, who have lost 12 of their last 15 contests. Peter Budaj got the start for Colorado and was pulled after surrendering three goals on 14 shots through the first 20 minutes. Andrew Raycroft spelled him in the second period and gave up four goals on eight shots. Budaj was inserted back between the pipes in the third period and made seven saves.
"We've got to get back to basics," said Colorado forward Ryan Smyth. "Just get the puck deep, play in their zone. This game was unacceptable, embarrassing and disappointing. We did not play well defensively and got behind the 8-ball. We have to play for pride now."
The game's opening tally foreshadowed Colorado's night. Budaj had Christensen's long-range wrister skip off his catching glove just 2:11 into the contest. It was 2-0 when Teemu Selanne's low shot from the point eluded the Avalanche netminder with 4:39 remaining in the first period. Perry lit the lamp inside the final minute for a three-goal edge.
Perry found the net again on the power play, unleashing a slap shot that beat Raycroft over the glove on the short side at the 2:46 mark of the middle stanza. Ebbett scored with the man advantage two minutes later, redirecting James Wisniewski's blast from the point. Rob Niedermayer poked the puck home at 8:46 for a 6-0 lead.
Hejduk put the Avs on the board at 11:31, then Nokelainen streaked down the right-wing boards and snapped the puck behind Raycroft with 6:35 to play in the second period.
McLeod had the lone goal of the third period.
Colorado announced Wednesday that center Paul Stastny will miss the next 2- to-4 weeks with a broken foot...The Avalanche have been outscored 15-3 in their last two home games...The Ducks have won all three meetings with Colorado this year and will look to sweep the season series Sunday in Anaheim...Wisniewski recorded three assists.
03/26 00:04:47 ET