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NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Anaheim

(Wednesday, March 22nd)

Final Score: Anaheim 5, Colorado 4 (OT)

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Jonathan Hedstrom scored on a penalty shot in overtime and Scott Niedermayer tallied two goals to lead the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim past the Colorado Avalanche, 5-4, at the Pond.

Ryan Getzlaf and Andy McDonald notched a goal and an assist apeice and Ilya Bryzgalov made 18 saves in place of starter Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Giguere was pulled in the first period after giving up three goals on 10 shots for Anaheim, which has won four straight and seven of its last eight.

Antti Laaksonen and Brett McLean each tallied a goal and an assist and Peter Budaj stopped 31 shots for Colorado, which has lost three of its last four games. Joe Sakic and Pierre Turgeon also scored for the Avs.

Hedstrom, who was pulled down at the 3:22 mark of overtime, beat Budaj through the five-hole on the penalty shot to cap the come-from-behind victory.

Colorado scored the first three goals of the game to establish a big lead.

The Avs drew first blood 5:38 into the first period while on the power play after Sakic beat Giguere with a wrister from the top of the left circle. McLean upped Colorado's lead just under four minutes later when he beat Giguere glove side high from the left circle to make it 2-0.

The Avalanche chased Giguere when Laaksonen beat him stick side through a scrum after gathering a loose puck in the slot for a 3-0 lead.

Anaheim got on the scoreboard with 4:39 left in the first period while on the power play as Getzlaf beat Budaj with a slap shot from the high slot.

Colorado regained its three-goal lead early in the second period when Turgeon jumped out of the penalty box, took an outlet pass and beat Bryzgalov with a slap shot from the top of the left circle.

The Ducks, however, scored three consecutive goals to tie the game.

Anaheim cut its deficit in half 12:24 through the second frame as Niedermayer caught the puck out of midair and one-timed a shot from the right circle that beat Budaj to make it 4-2. Niedermayer tallied his second goal of the contest 27 seconds into the third period when he one-timed a loose puck in the slot past Budaj to make it 4-3.

The Ducks netted the equalizer at the 7:03 mark of the third period as McDonald beat Budaj with a one-timer from the right circle to make it 4-4. Neither team scored the rest of the way and the game went to overtime.

Game Notes

Colorado defenseman Rob Blake tallied three assists... The Avs fell to 2-1 against the Ducks this season...The Avs finished 1-for-3 on the power play, while Anaheim was 3-for-5.

03/23 01:24:59 ET

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