Ducks Drop Season Opener in Colorado

DENVER -- Despite outshooting the Avalanche 36-29, the Ducks came out of Denver with a 6-1 defeat on Opening Night.

The outcome could have been much different for the Ducks, a team in the midst of a three-game road trip to start the season. After controlling the puck down low in the Avalanche's zone after the opening faceoff, Saku Koivu's point-blank shot hit the post just 20 seconds into the game.

Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly opened the scoring at 15:39 of the first period moments after Varlamov made two big stops from point-blank range. Playing left wing on a line with Duchene and Downie, O'Reilly deflected an attempted pass by Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin just inside the Anaheim blue line, skated down the middle and beat goalie Viktor Fasth on a breakaway.

The Avalanche seized control in the second period with three goals on nine shots.

Varlamov kept the Ducks off the board less than a minute after when he stopped Corey Perry's blast from the right hash marks after an Avalanche turnover.

McGinn increased the lead to 4-0 at 17:20. Tanguay shot the puck past the net and MacKinnon went back to get it. He was facing the end boards when he made a no-look pass to McGinn, who beat Fasth with a quick shot from low in the right circle.

McGinn collected his second goal of the game at 11:14 to complete a pretty passing play with PA Parenteau and MacKinnon. Parenteau skated near the right-wing boards and passed to MacKinnon near the right post. The rookie quickly fed McGinn to make it 5-0.

Duchene scored into a half-open net on a power play at 13:42 off a cross-ice pass from Downie after Tanguay fired a shot from the right point.

Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg ruined Varlamov's bid for a shutout with 6.4 seconds remaining. The 22-year-old, acquired in the offseason for Bobby Ryan, chipped the puck over the shoulder of Varlamov for his first goal in a Ducks uniform.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
15:39COL Ryan O'Reilly (1) ASST: NONE 1 - 0 COL
2nd Period
08:38COL PPG - Steve Downie (1) ASST: Ryan O'Reilly (1), Alex Tanguay (1) 2 - 0 COL
10:42COL John Mitchell (1) ASST: Tyson Barrie (1), Cody McLeod (1) 3 - 0 COL
17:20COL Jamie McGinn (1) ASST: Nathan MacKinnon (1), Alex Tanguay (2) 4 - 0 COL
3rd Period
11:14COL Jamie McGinn (2) ASST: Nathan MacKinnon (2), PA Parenteau (1) 5 - 0 COL
13:42COL PPG - Matt Duchene (1) ASST: Steve Downie (1), Alex Tanguay (3) 6 - 0 COL
19:53ANA Jakob Silfverberg (1) ASST: Nick Bonino (1), Mark Fistric (1) 6 - 1 COL
Three Stars of the Game
Semyon Varlamov
Semyon Varlamov
SA: 36TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 33-34
PIM: 0PP: 2-2
SV%: .972SH: 0-0
Ryan O'Reilly
Ryan O'Reilly
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:46
Nathan MacKinnon
Nathan MacKinnon
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 15:30
Penalty Summary
1st Period
04:29COL Paul Stastny  Tripping against  Ryan Getzlaf
11:45ANA Daniel Winnik  Hooking against  Nate Guenin
2nd Period
01:08COL Paul Stastny  Hooking against  Ryan Getzlaf
07:16ANA Daniel Winnik  Tripping against  PA Parenteau
09:56COL Nathan MacKinnon  Roughing against  Ben Lovejoy
09:56ANA Ben Lovejoy  Roughing against  Nathan MacKinnon
12:17ANA Mark Fistric  Cross checking against  Nathan MacKinnon
18:08ANA Patrick Maroon  Fighting (maj) against  Cody McLeod
18:08COL Cody McLeod  Fighting (maj) against  Patrick Maroon
3rd Period
12:55ANA Ryan Getzlaf  Hooking against  Gabriel Landeskog
18:53ANA Ryan Getzlaf  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Downie
18:53COL Steve Downie  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Getzlaf
20:00ANA Matt Beleskey  Roughing against  Cody McLeod
20:00ANA Matt Beleskey  Roughing against  Cody McLeod
20:00COL  Game Misconduct - Head coach
20:00COL Cody McLeod  Roughing against  Matt Beleskey
20:00COL Patrick Bordeleau  Coach/Mgr on ice - bench
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/22/4
Faceoff Wins3727
Blocked Shots913
Penalty Minutes2420
4C. FowlerD00-34021:06
6B. LovejoyD0014220:27
7A. CoglianoL00-11013:04
8T. SelanneR00-13015:10
10C. PerryR0001018:33
11S. KoivuC00-11013:02
13N. BoninoC0112015:18
15R. GetzlafC00-11719:41
21K. PalmieriR0004013:32
22M. PerreaultC00-20015:14
23F. BeaucheminD00-30021:30
28M. FistricD0100218:13
33J. SilfverbergR10-13014:12
34D. WinnikL00-10413:58
39M. BeleskeyL00-14410:58
45S. VatanenD00-13018:46
55B. AllenD0004019:17
62P. MaroonL000159:50
30V. Fasth2329.79360:00
4T. BarrieD0111017:54
5N. GueninD0012018:23
6E. JohnsonD0010018:51
7J. MitchellC1012012:26
8J. HejdaD0001019:35
9M. DucheneC1012017:50
11J. McGinnL2012015:37
15P. ParenteauR0101018:02
16C. SarichD0021019:20
17S. DownieR1114516:14
26P. StastnyC0001413:38
29N. MacKinnonC0211215:30
40A. TanguayL0310013:38
55C. McLeodL011279:44
58P. BordeleauL000008:45
61A. BenoitD0010022:40
90R. O'ReillyC1116019:46
92G. LandeskogL0003016:07
1S. Varlamov3536.97260:00