Hedstrom's Overtime Penalty Shot Downs Avs, 5-4

Wednesday, 03.22.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Hedstrom\'s Overtime Penalty Shot Downs Avs, 5-4

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Jonathan Hedstrom's penalty shot goal at 3:22 of overtime lifted the Ducks to a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim.

The Ducks rallied from 3-0 and 4-1 deficits in the game led by a two power play goals from captain Scott Niedermayer and a third period game-tying goal by Andy McDonald.

“You have to credit the players,” said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle.  “It’s just an exclamation point on the resiliency they’ve been able to prove throughout the course of the season.”

Coming off three straight road wins, the Ducks got behind early as a result of three first period goals by the Avs’ Joe Sakic (PPG 5:38 - 27, Liles, Blake), Brett McLean (9:36 – 8, Laaksonen, Blake) and Antti Laaksonen (10:39 – 16, McLean, Laperriere).

After Colorado’s third goal of the period, Ducks starting goaltender JS Giguere was pulled in favor of Ilya Bryzgalov. 

Ryan Getzlaf (10, Kunitz, Perry) got some momentum back for Anaheim with a power play goal at 15:21 of the first period to cut Colorado lead to 3-1. 

Pierre Turgeon (13, Blake) made it 4-1 at 3:54 of the second period.  The veteran center got in alone and ripped a slap shot past Bryzgalov for his 13th goal of the year.

Scott Niedermayer (10, Selanne, Getzlaf) got his first of two power play goals at 12:24 of the second period to cut the Colorado lead in half to 4-2.

The Ducks started the third period with 30 seconds remaining on a man-advantage with Colorado’s Brad Richardson in the penalty box.  Scott Niedermayer (11, Lupul, McDonald) shot a loose puck past Avs netminder Peter Budaj for his 11th goal of the season.

“It’s important that we came back in the second and third periods and played like we can,” said Scott Niedermayer.  “It’s a long, hard stretch and we’re trying to get into the playoffs. You don’t want to let up for a second.

At 7:03 of the third, McDonald (26, Kunitz, Selanne) broke in 3-on-2 with linemates Chris Kunitz and Teemu Selanne and buried a shot into an open-net after three highlight-quality passes.

Tied 4-4 after regulation, the Ducks and Avs went to overtime where Hedstrom was hauled down in the clear and awarded a penalty shot.

“It was pretty nice to finish with a game-winner,” said Hedstrom.  “Last year [in Sweden] I think I scored nine goals on penalty shots. Every goal, I shot it in the five-hole. I talked to Teemu a little bit and he said to shoot it where you feel most comfortable. So, that’s why I took the shot there.” 

  The young Swede gave Budaj a quick head fake and fired a low shot between the pads of the Colorado goaltender to win the game for Anaheim.

“This is huge,” said Hedstrom.  “We came back from down 4-1. It gives the team a lot of confidence. Bryz played great when he came in. It was a big win for our team.

The Ducks face the Nashville Predators (BUY TICKETS) Friday at the Arrowhead Pond at 7:30 PM with another crucial two points on the line in the Western Conference playoff race.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48


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