NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Colorado
(Thursday, November 3rd)
Final Score: Colorado 4, Anaheim 3
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Antti Laaksonen scored two goals to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-3 victory over the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim at the Pepsi Center.
Joe Sakic and Rob Blake also scored for Colorado, which has won four straight games. David Aebischer stopped 20 shots in the victory.
"Our communication is better," said Aebischer. "Everyone knows where they have to be."
Joffrey Lupul scored twice, including one with 56 seconds remaining in regulation that created an exciting finish, for the Mighty Ducks, who saw their four-game winning streak halted. Petr Sykora also scored for Anaheim while Ilya Bryzgalov allowed four goals on 32 shots in the loss.
The Avalanche erased a 1-0 deficit with a pair of goals in the final five minutes of the opening period after Sykora's quick wrister from the slot gave the visitors the lead at 7:32.
With 4:45 to play in the first, Blake pinched in and took a centering pass from Alex Tanguay before a bouncing wrist shot beat Bryzgalov to the near side.
Less than two minutes later, Laaksonen's first goal of the night, a one-timer from the low slot off a feed from Ian Laperriere, gave the Avs a 2-1 lead at 17:09.
Early on in the middle session, Sakic reminded everyone on the ice of his brilliance with a great goal at 1:25. He took the puck just inside the blue line, weaved through traffic in the high slot and released a blazing wrist shot that hit the crossbar before lighting the lamp.
The Avs were in control throughout the remainder of the second, but with just 11.8 seconds to play before the second intermission, Lupul's seventh goal of the season brought the Ducks within 3-2. Scott Niedermayer circled behind the net, fed a pass through the crease and Lupul easily one-timed it home from in close.
"Going into the third, we were lucky to be down 3-2," said Lupul.
Early in the third, a one-timer from the slot by Corey Perry trickled through Aebischer and sat on the goal line for several seconds, but nobody on Anaheim was there to poke it home.
When Brad May was called for closing his hand on the puck, the Ducks looked to their power play to find the equalizer. However, it was Laaksonen who provided the sparks. He picked the puck up inside his own zone along the half-wall and raced up ice. Anaheim blueliner Ruslan Salei tried to catch Laaksonen, but had no luck as Laaksonen went in on a breakaway and beat Bryzgalov with a backhander at 15:18.
"I just tried to keep the puck in front of me," said Laaksonen.
Lupul made it interesting with under a minute to go, as his deflection off a Niedermayer wrist shot found its way into the net. But the short-handed tally was not enough and the Avs held on for the win.
Sakic's goal gave him 1,414 points for his career, which ties with for 14th on the all-time scoring list with Doug Gilmour...Colorado center Pierre Turgeon still needs just one goal to become the 34th player in NHL history to score 500 for his career...Tanguay extended his point streak to 10 games... Anaheim has dropped three straight in Denver...The Avs finished 0-for-7 on the power play, while the Mighty Ducks were 1-for-3 with the extra skater.
11/04 00:28:37 ET