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Avs 4, Ducks 3

Thursday, 11.03.2005 / 12:00 AM / 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 ANA 35 22 8 5 101 96 49
2 CHI 34 23 9 2 106 67 48
3 STL 33 21 9 3 100 81 45
4 NSH 31 21 8 2 87 64 44
5 SJS 34 19 11 4 97 87 42
6 VAN 32 19 11 2 92 90 40
7 WPG 33 17 10 6 80 76 40
8 LAK 34 17 11 6 94 84 40
9 CGY 35 17 15 3 100 95 37
10 MIN 31 16 12 3 91 84 35
11 DAL 32 14 13 5 95 109 33
12 COL 33 12 13 8 85 101 32
13 ARI 32 11 17 4 74 104 26
14 EDM 34 7 20 7 74 116 21

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 34 12 25 7 37
R. Kesler 35 11 15 -2 26
S. Vatanen 35 9 15 -1 24
C. Perry 23 14 8 11 22
M. Beleskey 35 15 3 11 18
C. Fowler 34 3 14 1 17
J. Silfverberg 35 4 12 3 16
H. Lindholm 34 4 11 12 15
P. Maroon 27 2 12 -5 14
D. Smith-Pelly 31 4 8 3 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28
F. Andersen 18 5 4 .913 2.41


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