Ducks Do It Again in Overtime, Downing Colorado 3-2 at Honda Center

By Adam Brady

ANAHEIM – As if a little overtime magic a couple nights ago vs. LA wasn’t enough, the Ducks did it again tonight at Honda Center.

Tied 2-2 with the visiting Avalanche early in the extra session, Sami Vatanen tapped the puck ahead to a sprinting Corey Perry, who wristed a shot on the breakaway top shelf to win it for Anaheim. The entire Ducks bench poured onto the ice to mob Perry, enveloped by the roar of an overflow crowd of 17,313.

The goal tied Perry with Teemu Selanne and Ryan Getzlaf for the most overtime goals in Ducks franchise history with six.

"Sami made a great play at the blueline, making a play on that puck and just poking it ahead," Perry said. "I was fortunate to have that breakaway, and I had an idea of what I wanted to do."

Vatanen, playing his first game since February 15 while recovering from a lower-body injury, poked the puck away from Colorado's Brad Stuart to start the breakaway, and in turn made up for a turnover that led to Colorado’s go-ahead goal.

"I felt really good, like 100 percent," Vatanen said. "It’s good to be back and get up to game speed again. It’ll get better. I want to play as much as I can. I’ve been bag skating a lot, so I should be in good shape now."

It was a fifth straight win and the second straight in overtime for the Ducks, who defeated the rival Kings by the same 3-2 score Wednesday night. It was also an NHL-best 13th win after trailing in the third period.

The Ducks regained the top spot in the NHL with a 46-20-7 record (99 points).

Anaheim carried a 1-0 lead through two periods, and Colorado ultimately got the equalizer 5:28 into the third, courtesy of a familiar face. Jarome Iginla banged in a Matt Duchene pass from just outside the crease to knot it up at a goal apiece. It was the 584th career goal for the 37-year-old Iginla, second among active players behind Jaromir Jagr’s 718.

Colorado went on top a few minutes later when Vatanen mishandled the puck at the blueline on the power play, and Ryan O’Reilly cashed in on the ensuing breakaway.

Anaheim got it back even with just under 11 minutes left when Rickard Rakell tapped a loose puck to himself, spun and fired a wrister home from the left wing circle.

"I just saw the puck bounce in front of their net," Rakell said, "and I just tried to get a stick on it and get it to the net as quick as possible."

Anaheim first got on the board just 3:37 into the game when Jiri Sekac emerged from behind the Colorado net and sniped a shot from below the left wing circle inside the far post. Sekac looked skyward in relief after celebrating, since it was his first goal since December 29, while with Montreal, and his first since being acquired by the Ducks from the Canadiens on February 24.

Perry’s goal in OT came on Anaheim’s 40th shot of the game, as Colorado’s Semyon Varlamov was strong in net with 37 stops. Anaheim netminder Frederik Andersen, getting his first start since March 9, had 20 saves to run his record to 31-10-5.

"It was pretty solid," Andersen said. "I felt pretty sharp like I wanted to do. My positioning was pretty good and I was seeing the puck really well."

It was a nice end to a three-game homestand for the Ducks, who hit the road for five straight mostly East Coast games through the end of the month.

"I thought we played really good in the first period. We were tentative in the second period, and in the third period, they were pretty desperate," said Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. "They took it to us a little bit, but once we got behind, something kicked in."

Scoring Summary
1st Period
03:37ANA Jiri Sekac (8) ASST: Tomas Fleischmann (16), Rickard Rakell (21) 1 - 0 ANA
2nd Period
3rd Period
05:28COL Jarome Iginla (24) ASST: Matt Duchene (28), Jan Hejda (12) 1 - 1 Tie
07:19COL SHG - Ryan O'Reilly (13) ASST: NONE 2 - 1 COL
09:04ANA Rickard Rakell (7) ASST: Simon Despres (19), Jiri Sekac (13) 2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
01:25ANA Corey Perry (29) ASST: Sami Vatanen (23) 3 - 2 ANA
Three Stars of the Game
Corey Perry
Corey Perry
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 17:09
Rickard Rakell
Rickard Rakell
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 12:59
Simon Despres
Simon Despres
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 19:52
Penalty Summary
1st Period
14:36ANA Francois Beauchemin  Hooking against  Ryan O'Reilly
2nd Period
02:58COL Alex Tanguay  Tripping against  Andrew Cogliano
19:55COL Gabriel Landeskog  Roughing against  Patrick Maroon
3rd Period
06:26COL Alex Tanguay  Interference against  Sami Vatanen
OT Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/10/3
Faceoff Wins2623
Blocked Shots147
Penalty Minutes62
2N. HoldenD0001023:08
4T. BarrieD00-11021:43
5N. GueninD00-10020:24
7J. MitchellC0003020:08
8J. HejdaD0110017:44
9M. DucheneC0105018:46
12J. IginlaR1003018:38
13F. HamiltonC00-1005:26
17B. StuartD00-12025:50
22Z. RedmondD0002012:54
24M. ClicheC0000012:30
27J. CaronR00-1005:37
40A. TanguayL0002419:12
45D. EverbergR0001013:47
48D. BriereC00-1009:35
55C. McLeodL0001012:19
90R. O'ReillyC1002022:17
92G. LandeskogL0001219:42
1S. Varlamov3740.92561:25
4C. FowlerD0012021:35
7A. CoglianoL0002015:41
10C. PerryR1005017:09
14T. FleischmannL0122011:33
15R. GetzlafC0000017:59
17R. KeslerC00-12018:21
19P. MaroonL00-10012:43
20J. WisniewskiD00-13020:24
21K. PalmieriR00-12015:04
23F. BeaucheminD0004220:26
24S. DespresD0102019:52
33J. SilfverbergR0002016:46
39M. BeleskeyL00-10015:59
44N. ThompsonC0002014:48
45S. VatanenD0113022:21
46J. SekacL1122011:53
47H. LindholmD0012018:32
67R. RakellC1125012:59
31F. Andersen2224.91761:00