Rusty Ducks Come Back Against Colorado in OT

The big question for the Ducks after their five day break from games is would they be ready or rusty?  The answer was both in a game that would take overtime to be decided in the Ducks favor, 4-3.

Anaheim was clearly rusty in the first period against Colorado.  They did not register a single shot on goal until seven minutes in to the period and Colorado spent the majority of the time in Anaheim's end.  

The Avalanche were rewarded for their hard work with a 2-0 lead by the end of the period.  Cody McLeod put them on the board at 2:28 and PA Parenteau added a power play goal at 12:54.   Jonas Hiller, getting his second start in a row, kept things from getting completely out of hand.

The modus operandi for the Ducks has been to give up the first goal in the game and then come from behind.  But they don't usually give up the first two goals.   Fortunately for the Ducks, the rust came off between the first and second periods.  

"We don’t want to be down two goals every game," said Francois Beauchemin.  "I don’t think anybody wants that.  We have to focus on trying to be ready right off the bat and get a couple of goals ourselves right away."

Corey Perry halved the deficit at 6:59 with a goal that clearly beat former Ducks netminder Jean-Sebastien Giguere.  Giguere got the nod in net with the Avs playing the second of back to back games. 

Teemu Selanne tied up the game with his 250th power play goal at 9:24.  That puts him in third place all time, just ahead of Phil Esposito.   Brett Hull is in second place with 265 goals and if Selanne keeps playing, that is certainly within reach.

The tie did not last long.  John Mitchell took the lead back for the Avalanche once again at 10:04.

In the third period, the Ducks held Colorado to just one shot on goal, which made it difficult for them to get any more goals and it certainly gave Hiller a bit of a break.

Instead, the Ducks kept persevering.  Ryan Getzlaf tied up the game at 8:49 on the power play.  Seeing the puck sitting behind Giguere, who thought the puck was underneath his pads, Getzlaf skated speedily to the net and got the puck behind the blue line before anyone could react.

The Ducks could not get anything else past Giguere in regulation and it took a 4 on 3 power play towards the end of the extra time to be the deciding factor.

Perry got his second goal of the game with :46 left before another shootout. 

Six comebacks in a row for six wins a row.    The last time they won six games in a row was in November of 2010. 

"We have that feeling we can go out and win every night, in every situation," said Perry after the game.  "We win the little battles it taks to come back from, and everyone's contributing.  That's why it's happening."

Beauchemin was one of those contributors, assisting on every single Ducks goal for the evening, a career high four point game.

The Ducks now face a tougher challenge in the Los Angeles Kings, their second meeting of the season.  The Kings have finally warmed up after a sluggish start to their season, and games are always lively between these two clubs.  It won't be any different  in this one either.

One thing is certain.  The rust is off for the Ducks.  But can they manage to score first in the next game?

In other notes:  Cam Fowler returned to the Ducks line up after missing eight games due to a concussion.  His injury came against the Kings, so he should be revved up and ready to go.

 

About Karen Francis

Just a diehard Ducks fan since 1995, when the team filled the hockey shaped vacuum in my heart.

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