Colorado at Anaheim

Perry scores lone shootout goal; Ducks extend Avalanche's skid wire reports

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Corey Perry finished off in a shootout what his teammates started in the third period.

Perry scored the deciding goal in the shootout as the Anaheim Ducks found a higher level in the third period to rally for a 3-2 victory against the Colorado Avalanche.

"We came out and seemed to find our skating legs underneath us in the third," Rob Niedermayer said. "We really pressured them and I thought that got the game turned around for us."

After Perry opened the shootout by beating Colorado goalie Peter Budaj, Anaheim's Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped all three Colorado shooters to secure the Ducks' seventh victory in eight games.

Trailing 2-1, the Ducks tied the game when Niedermayer deflected a shot by Chris Pronger past Budaj with 10:37 to play.

"In the third, it was a test of their will -- and we had a lot of will," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "That's a huge positive for our group. I didn't have to say much. They basically understood they could play to a higher level and win one-on-one battles, get inside and skate more."

The loss was the fifth straight for Colorado. The Avalanche had not previously lost five consecutive games in nearly 10 years since dropping six from March 30-April 11, 1998.

"We worked like dogs out there and battled," Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said. "I think we battled a lot better than we showed in the last couple games."

Teemu Selanne also scored his second goal of the season for the Ducks, who have won all three meetings between the teams this season.

Colorado got second-period goals from Jeff Finger and Andrew Brunette for a 2-1 lead before Niedermayer tied the game.

"I don't feel like we played a bad game at all," Avalanche forward Milan Hejduk said. "We had a one-goal lead, but we couldn't hold it."

Giguere finished with 26 saves before he was perfect in the shootout.

"Jiggy used to struggle quite a bit with shootouts, he's worked so hard in the last little while to be able to steal us one like tonight," Ryan Getzlaf said. "He stood in and got it done for us."

The Ducks took a 1-0 lead when Chris Kunitz made a no-look pass between his legs from the edge of the crease to Selanne on the right post for a tap-in goal during the second of back-to-back power plays 13:31 into the first.

The Ducks are 7-1 since Selanne, who led Anaheim with 48 goals last season, finally returned Feb. 5 after considering retirement for the first four months of the season.


  • The Ducks lost C Ryan Carter with a bruised right forearm in the first period. He will be further evaluated Thursday.
  • Avalanche defenseman Kyle Cumiskey returned after missing 17 games with a groin injury.
  • Leading Colorado scorer Paul Stastny has also been out the lineup since Jan. 15 with a groin injury, he could return shortly.
  • Center Joe Sakic practiced with the team Tuesday in Denver and should return to the lineup during the road trip. Sakic has not played since suffering a groin injury Nov. 30. He underwent sports hernia surgery on Dec. 28.
  • Ducks C Doug Weight remains sidelined with a shoulder strain.
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Jean-Sebastien Giguere frustrates Wojtek Wolski and the Colorado Avalanche in crunch time.  (AP)
Jean-Sebastien Giguere frustrates Wojtek Wolski and the Colorado Avalanche in crunch time. (AP)
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Scoring Summary
13:31Power Play - Teemu Selanne (2), Snap Shot. Assist: Chris Kunitz, Ryan Getzlaf
08:12Jeff Finger (6), Slap Shot. Assist: T.J. Hensick, Cody McLeod
17:30Andrew Brunette (12), Tip-In. Assist: Marek Svatos, John-Michael Liles
09:23Rob Niedermayer (5), Tip-In. Assist: Chris Pronger
 Corey Perry (4), GOAL
Penalty Summary
05:19Pronger, 2 min, Roughing
10:03Leopold, 2 min, Holding
11:50Hannan, 2 min, Hooking
15:52Hannan, 2 min, Tripping
19:45Pronger, 2 min, Holding
09:59Pronger, 2 min, Slashing
03:04Hannan, 2 min, Tripping
05:17Sauer, 2 min, Roughing
14:06O'Donnell, 2 min, Hooking
15:37Cumiskey, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
Peter Budaj 64:4320231
Jean-Sebastien Giguere 64:4726230
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Referees - Tom Kowal, Chris Lee
Linesmen - Jean Morin, Vaughan Rody
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