After a six day layoff, the Ducks stepped back onto the ice to take on the Colorado Avalanche. To make things difficult, Colorado started Jean-Sebastien Giguere who played for the Ducks from 2000 to 2010. With a tough opening period, the Ducks still pulled out a 4-3 victory in overtime.
Again for the second game in a row the Ducks struggled to control the puck at the start. Only two minutes and twenty-eight seconds into the game and Colorado already put a goal on the board with Cody McLeod scoring off a redirect. Colorado added another goal from PA Parenteau off a power play to make the score 2-0. Once again, the Ducks have a huge deficit to come back from.
Captain Ryan Getzlaf said about the slow starts, “[w]e are going to look and maybe change some things in our warm-up. You can’t do that every game. It’s way too much work to come back from and some teams will put you away.”
In that first period alone, the Ducks were outshot 11 to 6 and had accumulated 8 minutes in penalties. The Avalanche had complete control until the second period when the Ducks woke up.
When the second period started, the Avalanche had two quick penalties to give the Ducks a five on three. This was a great opportunity to score, but the Ducks just couldn’t get it past Giguere. With 13:01 left in the period, Corey Perry finally got the team on the board with a goal in front of the net.
The Avalanche were called for another penalty which the Ducks finally capitalized on with a goal from Teemu Selanne to tie the score at two. This was Selanne’s 250th career power play goal and he moved into third place on the all-time list.
Only one minute after that goal Colorado went on the offensive and scored with a wrist shot by John Mitchell. The puck was redirected by a Ducks defenseman and snuck by Jonas Hiller. This made the score 3-2 at the end of period.
Still trailing, the Ducks needed a spark to avoid the upset and luckily they found one. Colorado made a crucial mistake with getting called for slashing on Gabriel Landeskog. This opened the door for Anaheim to go on the offensive and test Giguere. During the power play, Perry took a shot on goal that trickled past Giguere and Getzlaf poked it in for the goal to tie the game.
With the game still tied at the end of regulation, the teams went into overtime. Going into overtime, the Ducks held the momentum which is crucial being that the period is only five minutes long. Getting called for their fifth penalty in the game, Colorado was down a man for the last minute. For the third time in the game the Ducks took advantage of the power play with a Corey Perry goal.
Perry on his game winning goal, “[i]t was a great play. ‘Beauch’ made a nice pass to ‘Getzy’ and he got them running around and found the back door. It’s a play we work on in practice.”
In the last four games, Perry has four goals and three assists. Getzlaf continued his torrid tear by adding another three points in today’s contest. Lastly, defenseman Fancois Beauchemin had a career high with four assists.
The next game for the Anaheim Ducks is against the hated Los Angeles Kings. Seeking their seventh straight win, they’ll have to go through the defending champs to extend the streak.