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Ducks open up big lead, hang on late to down Avs

Jan 23, 2012 - 4:29 AM Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Bobby Ryan had two goals and Jonas Hiller made 43 saves, as the surging Anaheim Ducks held off the Colorado Avalanche, 3-2.

Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist for the Ducks, who have won five in a row for the first time since a six-game streak from November 3-12 of last season.

"I'm happy about the win, even though it wasn't our best game and it wasn't pretty," Hiller said. "We found a way. We'll take those two points. Everybody knows we can play better and have to if we want to win on Tuesday."

Ryan O'Reilly and Milan Hejduk lit the lamp for the Avalanche, who had a two- game winning streak snapped. Jean-Sebastien Giguere made just 15 saves in defeat.

Ryan put the Ducks ahead 1-0 on a short-handed goal at the 2:49 mark of the first period. Ryan stole the puck at center ice and went in on a breakaway, beating Giguere with a wrister.

Hiller made 15 saves in the first and 13 in the second.

The Ducks scored on the power play just 20 seconds into the third. Teemu Selanne made his way around the net, and instead of trying a wraparound, slid a pass to Getzlaf for an easy tip-in.

Ryan scored on another breakaway at the 3:56 mark to give Anaheim a 3-0 lead.

Colorado scored two late goals to make things interesting. First, O'Reilly capitalized off a turnover in front of Hiller with 5:09 remaining.

Hejduk put home a rebound on the power play with 3:32 left to make it a 3-2 contest.

Hiller made 15 saves in the final period to secure the victory.

"I feel that it's a game we should have at least had a point," Giguere said. "I think on the road, outshooting the other team like that, I thought we were the better team for the most part."

Game Notes

The Ducks have taken 12 of 14 and 16 of the last 19 meetings in this series...Anaheim has registered points in nine straight contests (8-0-1)...The Ducks have won six straight games at home, the second-longest current streak in the NHL (Detroit has 16 straight wins at home). The six-game streak is Anaheim's longest at home since a franchise-record 11-game streak from December 8, 2009-February 10, 2010.

    ANAHEIM: 3

    Jan 22 10:31 PM

  • Colorado Power-Play Goal - Milan Hejduk (12), from Gabriel Landeskog and Paul Stastny at 16:28.

    Avalanche 2, Ducks 3  3rd - 3:32Jan 22 10:23 PM
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    Avalanche 2, Ducks 3  3rd - 3:32Jan 22 10:23 PM

  • Colorado Goal - Ryan O'Reilly (14), at 14:51.

    Avalanche 1, Ducks 3  3rd - 5:09Jan 22 10:21 PM

  • Anaheim Goal - Bobby Ryan (19), at 3:56.

    Avalanche 0, Ducks 3  3rd - 16:04Jan 22 9:55 PM
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    Avalanche 0, Ducks 3  3rd - 16:04Jan 22 9:55 PM

  • Anaheim Power-Play Goal - Ryan Getzlaf (8), from Teemu Selanne and Lubomir Visnovsky at :20.

    Avalanche 0, Ducks 2  3rd - 19:40Jan 22 9:49 PM

    ANAHEIM: 1
    End of 2nd

    Jan 22 9:32 PM

    ANAHEIM: 1
    End of 1st

    Jan 22 8:41 PM

  • Anaheim Short-Handed Goal - Bobby Ryan (18), at 2:49.

    Avalanche 0, Ducks 1  1st - 17:11Jan 22 8:11 PM

    ANAHEIM: 0
    1st Period - 20:00

    Jan 22 8:08 PM
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