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Avs 4, Ducks 3

Wednesday, 11.2.2005 / 9:00 PM PT / News
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Avs 4, Ducks 3

DENVER (AP) - Antti Laaksonen scored two goals and Joe Sakic moved into a tie for 14th place on the NHL's career points list, helping the Colorado Avalanche beat the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 4-3 on Thursday night.

Sakic put Colorado up 3-1 in the second period, tying Doug Gilmour with his 1,414th point, and Laaksonen sealed Colorado's fourth straight win on a short-handed goal with 4:42 left - one of numerous defensive breakdowns by the Ducks.

Anaheim's Joffrey Lupul made it interesting for the final minute, scoring a short-handed goal from the top of the right circle with 55 seconds left for his second of the game.

Colorado seemed to be in control after taking a 3-1 lead early in the second period before Anaheim picked up the offensive pressure.

The Ducks tied it on Lupul's power-play goal with 12 seconds left in the third period, then appeared to have tied it early in the third on a shot from the slot by Petr Sykora that squeezed past David Aebischer's pads. The puck stopped inches short of crossing the goal line and sat there for about five seconds before Avalanche defenseman John-Michael Liles cleared it.

Anaheim goalie Ilya Bryzgalov made some spectacular saves to keep Anaheim in it with Colorado dominating the play in the early going. He made a stick save from his back on a shot by Brett McLean in the first period, then made a similar stop on a power play early in the third.

Bryzgalov gave up three goals in a six-minute span of the first and second periods, but it had more to do with the Ducks' defense than anything the second-year goalie did.

After Sykora opened the scoring midway through the first period, Rob Blake scored Colorado's first goal with just under five minutes left in the first period after Alex Tanguay sent a pass from the corner through the crease to the far post. Laaksonen made it 2-1 less than two minutes later with his fifth goal after Andrew Brunette stole the puck from Ducks defenseman Vitaly Vishnevski behind the goal.

Sakic had the easiest goal of the bunch. Skating down the crease, he faked a pass to get two Ducks defensemen offbalance, then flipped a wrister past Bryzgalov 1:25 into the second period.

Bryzgalov made several more difficult stops in third period after Anaheim pulled to 3-2, including Tanguay twice from close range on power plays. He didn't stand much of a chance on the final goal, with Laaksonen scoring on a breakaway after the puck shot through Anaheim's power play unit.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 51 25 19 7 113 121 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 54 21 28 5 132 164 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Perry 51 21 15 -4 36
R. Getzlaf 47 5 31 7 36
R. Rakell 48 11 15 -3 26
R. Kesler 51 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 51 6 18 -2 24
J. Silfverberg 51 6 11 -3 17
C. Stewart 45 7 9 1 16
A. Cogliano 51 5 11 -10 16
H. Lindholm 50 6 8 -5 14
C. Fowler 38 3 9 -11 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 10 8 5 .918 2.33
J. Gibson 12 8 2 .917 2.13


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