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Colorado at Anaheim

Marchant snaps goal drought, Ducks top Avs

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Todd Marchant has 186 goals during his 17-year NHL career, including 23 game-winners. When he ended a 70-game drought Sunday, he did it with another meaningful score.

Marchant's timely goal late in the second period helped the Anaheim Ducks beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 to snap a five-game losing streak. Brandon McMillan got the game-winner during a four-minute power play with 8:37 remaining.

"My son scored a goal the other day in his game and he said: 'Now it's your turn, dad.' So everybody's been very supportive," Marchant said through a gap-toothed grin. "A lot of guys were poking fun at me. Even the linesmen were having fun with me. A lot of guys were saying: `Should we go get you the puck?' But it's all in good fun. I'll take the ribbing to get that first one out of the way. Every guy in this locker room was pretty happy for me."

The goal, which came on Marchant's 48th shot of the season, was his first since March 17, 2010, against Chicago. The 37-year-old center carried the puck into the Colorado zone and fed it to defenseman Luca Sbisa, who threw it back toward the slot from the right circle and celebrated with the rest of the Ducks after Marchant stuck out his stick and redirected it past Peter Budaj at 17:51 of the second for a 2-1 lead.

"I don't know what my longest drought was prior to this. It certainly wasn't anywhere near this, but I didn't let it get me down mentally," Marchant said. "I knew that I have many other roles here. I mean, if this team was counting on me scoring goals, we wouldn't be going very far.

"The bottom line is about wins this time of year, getting into the playoffs and seeing how far it takes you -- not how many goals I get. This is the best time of the year -- to be playing for something. It was a big two points for our hockey club, and now hopefully this can jump-start us."

Marchant's teammates were overjoyed about the long-awaited goal, and not just because it put them ahead.

"You couldn't find a happier group on the bench," Bobby Ryan said. "I know it's a huge monkey off his back, but he's a player that's effective in a lot of other areas like killing penalties and shutting other teams' top guys down. T-bone's your ultimate team player, so it was great for him to chip in like that and get rewarded for everything he does."

Ryan Getzlaf also scored for the Ducks, who remain one point out of a playoff spot with 19 games left. Dan Ellis made 22 saves in his second start since being acquired Thursday in a trade that sent ineffective backup goalie Curtis McElhinney to Tampa Bay.

McElhinney had allowed 19 goals in four starts while filling in for first-time All-Star Jonas Hiller, who has been sidelined for six games because of lightheadedness after his 12-save shutout win over Edmonton.

Kevin Porter and David Jones scored for the Avalanche, who have lost 13 of 14 and sit next-to-last in the Western Conference. They have dropped seven straight at Anaheim.

Jones tied it less than 2 minutes into the third, beating Ellis high to the glove side through a screen with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle.

But Colorado wing Brandon Yip got four minutes for cutting Francois Beauchemin with an inadvertent high stick at 8:19 of the final period, and the Ducks cashed in as McMillan converted a rebound of Ryan's one-timer from the left circle with 56 seconds left on the power play.

The Avalanche came within inches of forcing overtime when Milan Hejduk hit the opposite post with a sharp-angle shot from the right boards just before the final horn sounded.

"I thought it was our best game in a long time," coach Joe Sacco said. "We played as a team tonight. We were alive and there was desperation in our game. Guys were playing for each other. At the end, the double-minor was the turning point in the game."

In a game that featured three fights before the nine-minute mark, Porter opened the scoring at 12:07 of the first. But some persistent forechecking by Ryan made Colorado defenseman Erik Johnson cough up the puck to Corey Perry, who fed Getzlaf in the slot for a short wrist shot that beat Budaj to the stick side at 1:42.

Notes

  • Colorado coach Joe Sacco played for the Ducks during the franchise's first five seasons after he was claimed from Toronto in the 1993 expansion draft.
  • RW Milan Hejduk and D Adam Foote are the only players left from Colorado's last Stanley Cup championship team in 2001. Foote missed his 10th straight game because of a leg injury.
  • Colorado is 0-25-3 when scoring fewer than three goals. The Avs are 0-34-4 under those circumstances since Feb. 12, 2010, when Duchene scored twice and recently traded Craig Anderson made 31 saves against Phoenix in a 2-1 victory at Denver.
  • Colorado's penalty-killing unit, which came in with the second-worst percentage in the NHL, has allowed 14 power-play goals in 49 chances over the last 12 games. The Avalanche were short-handed a season-high nine times during Saturday's 4-3 defeat in Los Angeles, giving up two power-play goals.
  • The Avalanche began a 13-game stretch in which they will play the Ducks three times. Anaheim won 3-0 on Feb. 5 at Denver with a hat trick by Perry that included an empty-net goal.
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Bobby Ryan lunges to clear the puck from the zone in the third period, and the Ducks hold on for the win. (Getty Images)
Bobby Ryan lunges to clear the puck from the zone in the third period, and the Ducks hold on for the win. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Colorado (26-30-7)1012
Anaheim  (33-25-5) «0213
Three Stars
R. Getzlaf
ANA


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
C. Perry
ANA


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
B. Ryan
ANA


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
12:07 - Kevin Porter (11), Wrist Shot. Assist: Duchene, Holos
2ND PERIOD
01:43 - Ryan Getzlaf (16), Snap Shot. Assist: Perry, Ryan
17:51 - Todd Marchant (1), Tip-In. Assist: Sbisa, Ruutu
3RD PERIOD
01:43 - David Jones (23), Wrist Shot. Assist: Hunwick, Stastny
11:23Power Play - Brandon McMillan (9), Wrist Shot. Assist: Ryan, Beauchemin
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
02:30Parros, 5 min, Fighting
02:30Koci, 5 min, Fighting
02:47Brookbank, 5 min, Fighting
02:47McLeod, 5 min, Fighting
06:45Gaunce, 2 min, Roughing
06:45Ruutu, 2 min, Roughing
08:51Sbisa, 5 min, Fighting
08:51Gaunce, 5 min, Fighting
12:28Selanne, 2 min, Holding
2ND PERIOD
08:38Stastny, 2 min, Holding
10:34McLeod, 2 min, Tripping
13:16Gaunce, 2 min, Cross-Checking
3RD PERIOD
08:19Yip, 4 min, High-Sticking
Shots On Goal
 123T
COL119424
ANA5171032
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Peter Budaj58:36293
Dan Ellis59:42222
Game Information
Attendance - 14510
Referees - Dave Jackson, Brian Pochmara
Linesmen - Jay Sharrers, Brad Lazarowich
 
Other Games
TB 2 Final
NYR 1
Colu 2 Final
Nash 3
NJ 2 Final
Fla 1
Tor 2 Final
OT
Atl 3
Pho 3 Final
Chi 4
Bos 3 Final
Edm 2
StL 0 Final
Cal 1