DENVER -- Frustrated by a four-game losing streak and needing a win to stay in first place in the Pacific Division, the Anaheim Ducks scored six times in the second period and defeated the Colorado Avalanche 6-4 on Friday at Pepsi Center.
Anaheim (44-16-7) maintained its lead in the Pacific Division after the second-place San Jose Sharks (44-17-7) defeated the New York Islanders 4-3. Each team has 95 points, but the Ducks have played one fewer game.
The six-goal second period was a club record for goals in any period, in what proved to be another comeback win for the Ducks.
"It was big," said Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf, who finished the game with two assists and a plus-2 rating. "The guys showed a lot of character coming out and playing the way we did. Our goalie played well, and we chased their goalie. That was good for us."
The Ducks and Avs combined for nine goals in the second period, a two-team record involving the Ducks. The previous record was seven, set four times previously.
Ducks forward Mathieu Perreault said the atmosphere reminded him of a postseason game.
"The emotion on the bench got really high," he said. "At the end, we got some good penalty kills, and we did the right things to earn the win."
The Avalanche thought they closed within 6-5 with 6:08 to play, but Nathan MacKinnon poked the puck out of the air with a high stick. The goal was immediately waved off and the call stood following a video review.
Jamie McGinn's power-play goal at 5:21 put the Avalanche ahead 2-1, but the Ducks responded with four consecutive goals on seven shots in a 3:19 span for a 5-2 lead.
Kyle Palmieri scored twice in 47 seconds, breaking in alone on goalie Semyon Varlamov at 7:47 and putting in the rebound of Hampus Lindholm at 8:34. Palmieri started the play by taking the puck away from Avalanche center Marc-Andre Cliche in the corner.
Corey Perry made it 5-2 at 11:53 when he fired the puck from the right point off the end boards. The puck caromed off Varlamov's back and bounced inside the right post. The goal was Perry's team-leading 36th of the season, and his 67th point in as many games.
Avalanche coach Patrick Roy replaced Varlamov, who allowed five goals on 24 shots, with Jean-Sebastien Giguere after Perry's goal, his 36th of the season.
The Avalanche responded with two goals in 33 seconds. McGinn put in the rebound of defenseman Erik Johnson's shot for another power-play goal at 18:08, and Gabriel Landeskog skated through the goalmouth and backhanded the puck under the left arm of Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller at 18:41 to make it 5-4.
But the Ducks came right back and scored with 48.8 seconds to play in the period. Mathieu Perreault eluded two Avalanche defenders in the high slot and put a shot through several bodies into the net.
Colorado's John Mitchell, who signed a three-year, $5.4 million contract extension before the game, opened the scoring at 12:25 of the first period. It was his eighth goal of the season and second in three games since he replaced Paul Stastny (back injury) on a line with Landeskog and MacKinnon.
Hiller made 34 saves to help the Ducks end their four-game skid (0-2-2). Giguere stopped eight of nine shots he faced.
Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler sustained a lower-body injury and didn't return.
"It was a much-needed win for us, especially after what we’ve been going through lately," said Perreault. "It wasn’t the prettiest. We don’t like giving up four goals, but we battled hard and blocked a lot of shots. We got it done."
The Ducks set a club record for goals in any period with six tallies in the second frame tonight (previous record was five, set twice).
The Ducks and Avalanche combined for nine goals in the second period, a two-team record involving the Ducks. The previous record was seven, set four times previously.
The six goals by Anaheim came in 16:03, the fastest six goals scored in club history. The previous mark was 20:15, set on Dec. 20, 1994 @ Winnipeg.
The first five goals by Anaheim was also a club record for fastest five tallies, coming in 8:45. The previous mark was 10:04, set on Mar. 21, 2004 vs Detroit.