NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Anaheim
(Sunday, February 25th)
Final Score: Anaheim 5, Colorado 3
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Scott Niedermayer's goal with 3:23 left in the third period proved to be the game-winner, as the Ducks earned a 5-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.
Niedermayer also had two assists, and Andy McDonald contributed two goals and a helper for Anaheim, which snapped a three-game skid. Teemu Selanne and Chris Pronger also scored for the Ducks, while Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 23 saves.
"Having played Friday night and having a short turnaround we wanted to provide as much energy as possible in the early going," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "We did that and they didn't waver. We had all kinds of opportunities and territorially we had the advantage, but the scoreboard didn't indicate that. They got a late goal on the power play, but the response from our veteran group was probably the key."
Joe Sakic scored for Colorado to extend his point streak to 12 games, but the Avalanche lost for the fifth time in six games. Mark Rycroft and Milan Hejduk also scored for the Avalanche, while Jose Theodore stopped 36 shots.
"It's a similar story we've seen over and over again," Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville said. "Back to back, this is tough. We battled like crazy tonight and got ourselves right there with five minutes to go and didn't get it to overtime. We do a lot of good things, but it's the things we have to try to prevent we've been stressing and trying to work on."
Colorado's Karlis Skrastins didn't play due to a knee injury, snapping his 495 consecutive game streak, the longest streak by a defenseman in NHL history.
Hejduk evened the score with 5:07 remaining in regulation. Andrew Brunette centered the puck from the right boards, but the disc bounced off two Anaheim sticks in front. Hejduk gobbled up the loose puck and deposited it past Giguere.
However, Niedermayer gave the Ducks the lead a short time later, scoring on a wrist shot from the slot that got through a screened Theodore.
Hejduk was then whistled for high-sticking a double-minor, and the Ducks capitalized as Pronger lit the lamp with 2:35 left on a one-timer from above the right circle.
McDonald scored twice in a span of less than five minutes in the opening period. His first came on a rebound in front at 9:30, and McDonald netted his 18th of the season, near the start of a power play at the 14:21 mark. Selanne's shot from the left circle clanked off the near post, but McDonald banged in the rebound, just seven seconds after Ken Klee went to the penalty box for a delay of game.
Rycroft brought the Avalanche within a goal with 1:45 remaining in the first. Ian Laperriere passed the puck from the left circle to Rycroft, who tipped the disc from in front between Giguere's pads.
Sakic tied the contest on a shot from the bottom of the right circle after a cross-ice pass from Hejduk five minutes into the third, as Colorado was on the power play due to an interference call on Samuel Pahlsson.
The goal was Sakic's 601st in his career in his 1,300th NHL game. The goal tied him with Jarri Kurri for 16th place all-time.
Selanne then gave the Ducks the lead with 43.7 seconds left in the second. McDonald passed the puck from the left circle to a streaking Selanne, who tipped it past Theodore from the right side of the net.
The Ducks are 1-3 versus the Avalanche this season...Colorado's Paul Stastny had an assist and is riding a 12-game point streak...Brunette has a 10-game point streak...Giguere is 16-1-4 in his home starts this season.
02/25 23:39:57 ET