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Ducks bury Avalanche for fifth straight win

Mar 26, 2009 - 4:33 AM
DENVER (AP) -- The Anaheim Ducks had to put in overtime in building a four-game winning streak. They made sure there was no drama in earning win No. 5.

Corey Perry scored two goals, Andrew Ebbett had a goal and two assists and the Ducks tightened their hold on a playoff spot with a 7-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night.

The Ducks, coming off a 2-1 shootout win in Nashville on Tuesday night, scored 2:11 into the game and led 3-0 after the first period.

"It's always important when you're on the road to get yourself into the game right away," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. "We were able to do that tonight."

James Wisniewski tied a career high with three assists to help the Ducks move into seventh place in the Western Conference playoff race, a point ahead of idle Edmonton.

"It's a perfect time to be going on a streak like this because you want to be going into the playoffs at your peak," Wisniewski said.

Erik Christensen, Teemu Selanne, Rob Niedermayer and Petteri Nokelainen also scored, and Jonas Hiller made 34 saves. Milan Hejduk and Cody McLeod scored for Colorado, which has lost five straight for the third time this season.

"I can tell it's embarrassing because we lost," Avalanche coach Tony Granato said. "We've had two games where we had goals going in our net that shouldn't have gone in. That normally don't go in. There's really not a whole lot more I can say about the game."

The Avalanche, last in the Western Conference, had their second straight blowout loss at home. Edmonton beat Colorado 8-1 last week.

"We've given up 15 goals in the last two games here," Laperriere said. "I hope it's tough for everybody. If guys don't feel ashamed, don't feel embarrassed about this, I don't what they are doing. And in our own building."

Anaheim, which needed two shootouts and overtime to earn three of its last four wins, wasted no time taking control. Christensen skated easily into the Avalanche end, flipped a wrist shot off the post on the short side 2:11 into the game.

Selanne made it 2-0 with 4:21 left in the first. The former Avalanche player grabbed the puck behind Colorado's net, skated to the top of the zone and sent a wrister past Peter Budaj for his 23rd goal of the season.

"We were getting some fortunate bounces," Perry said. "It hasn't really happened in a while. You can't count on that every night."

Perry chased Budaj with his 25th goal with 36 seconds left in the first. Andrew Raycroft took over for the second period, but didn't fare well. He gave up four goals on eight shots, including Perry's second 2:46 into the frame. Budaj, who finished with 18 saves, was back in goal in the third.

"It was tough," Budaj said. "I had a bad goal to start the game. I misplayed (the first goal) and then they kept coming."

The Avalanche spoiled Hiller's shutout bid when Hejduk scored his 26th goal to make it 6-1 halfway through the second. Nokelainen got the goal back 1:54 later.

McLeod made it 7-2 with his 15th goal of the season at 8:32 of the third period.

"It's been a while since we've been on the right side of one of these," Carlyle said. "I can remember vividly about three weeks ago a 6-0 game in Boston that we were on the wrong side of the score. We were fortunate enough the pucks went this way."








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ANAHEIM 3 4 0 7
    COLORADO 0 1 1 2 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: ANA - ERIK CHRISTENSEN 6 (UNASSISTED) 2:11
    ANA - TEEMU SELANNE 23 (JAMES WISNIEWSKI, DREW MILLER) 15:21
    ANA - COREY PERRY 25 (ERIK CHRISTENSEN, ANDREW EBBETT) 19:24
    2ND PRD: ANA - (PP) COREY PERRY 26 (JAMES WISNIEWSKI

    Mar 25 11:31 PM


  • NHL
    ANAHEIM 7
    COLORADO 2
    3RD PRD: COL - CODY MCCORMICK 2 (MATT HENDRICKS, CODY MCLEOD) 8:31

    Ducks 7, Avalanche 2  3rd - 11:29Mar 25 11:08 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ANAHEIM 3 4 7
    COLORADO 0 1 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: ANA - ERIK CHRISTENSEN 6 (UNASSISTED) 2:11
    ANA - TEEMU SELANNE 23 (JAMES WISNIEWSKI, DREW MILLER) 15:21
    ANA - COREY PERRY 25 (ERIK CHRISTENSEN, ANDREW EBBETT) 19:24
    2ND PRD: ANA - (PP) COREY PERRY 26 (JAM

    Mar 25 10:38 PM


  • NHL
    ANAHEIM 7
    COLORADO 1
    2ND PRD: ANA - PETTERI NOKELAINEN 3 (UNASSISTED) 3:25

    Ducks 7, Avalanche 1  2nd - 16:35Mar 25 10:30 PM


  • NHL
    ANAHEIM 6
    COLORADO 1
    2ND PRD: COL - MILAN HEJDUK 26 (JOHN-MICHAEL LILES, WOJTEK WOLSKI)
    11:31

    Ducks 6, Avalanche 1  2nd - 8:29Mar 25 10:24 PM


  • NHL
    ANAHEIM 6
    COLORADO 0
    2ND PRD: ANA - ROB NIEDERMAYER 12 (PETTERI NOKELAINEN) 8:46

    Ducks 6, Avalanche 0  2nd - 11:14Mar 25 10:18 PM


  • NHL
    ANAHEIM 5
    COLORADO 0
    2ND PRD: ANA - (PP) ANDREW EBBETT 7 (JAMES WISNIEWSKI, RYAN WHITNEY)
    4:55

    Ducks 5, Avalanche 0  2nd - 15:05Mar 25 10:14 PM


  • NHL
    ANAHEIM 4
    COLORADO 0
    2ND PRD: ANA - (PP) COREY PERRY 26 (JAMES WISNIEWSKI, ANDREW EBBETT)
    2:46

    Ducks 4, Avalanche 0  2nd - 17:14Mar 25 10:07 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ANAHEIM 3 3
    COLORADO 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: ANA - ERIK CHRISTENSEN 6 (UNASSISTED) 2:11
    ANA - TEEMU SELANNE 23 (JAMES WISNIEWSKI, DREW MILLER) 15:21
    ANA - COREY PERRY 25 (ANDREW EBBETT, RYAN WHITNEY) 19:24
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL


    Mar 25 9:43 PM


  • NHL
    ANAHEIM 3
    COLORADO 0
    1ST PRD: ANA - COREY PERRY 25 (ANDREW EBBETT, RYAN WHITNEY) 19:24

    Ducks 3, Avalanche 0  1st - 0:36Mar 25 9:42 PM


  • NHL
    ANAHEIM 2
    COLORADO 0
    1ST PRD: ANA - TEEMU SELANNE 23 (JAMES WISNIEWSKI, DREW MILLER) 15:21

    Ducks 2, Avalanche 0  1st - 4:39Mar 25 9:37 PM


  • NHL
    ANAHEIM 1
    COLORADO 0
    1ST PRD: ANA - ERIK CHRISTENSEN 6 (UNASSISTED) 2:11

    Ducks 1, Avalanche 0  1st - 17:49Mar 25 9:16 PM