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Ducks Rally For Overtime Win Over Avalanche

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Jonathan Hedstrom scored on a penalty shot in overtime to lift the Mighty Ducks to a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. Anaheim rallied from a pair of three-goal deficits to pull within one point of the Avs in the Western Conference standings.

Scott Niedermayer scored twice on the power play, Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist and rookie Chris Kunitz set up two goals, including the equalizer by Andy McDonald with 12:57 left in regulation. The only other teams to beat the Avalanche this season when trailing after two periods were Nashville on Oct. 12 and Dallas on Jan. 26. Both games were in Denver.

Joe Sakic, Brett McLean, Antti Laaksonen and Pierre Turgeon scored for the Avalanche, who lost an opportunity to tie idle Calgary for first place in the Northwest Division. Rob Blake had three assists.

Hedstrom stickhandled past defenseman Patrice Brisebois in the neutral zone and went in alone on rookie goaltender Peter Budaj before he was hauled down from behind by McLean. Referee Shane Heyer awarded Hedstrom the penalty shot, and he flipped the puck between Budaj's pads for his 13th goal and fifth game-winner.

The Avalanche, who have scored a league-leading 88 first-period goals, drove Anaheim goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere to the bench at 10:39 of the first period with three goals on eight shots.

Getzlaf triggered the comeback with a goal at 15:21 of the period, less than 5 minutes after Laaksonen's goal forced Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle to replace Giguere with Ilya Bryzgalov. Getzlaf beat Budaj high to the glove side with a one-timer from just inside the blue line while former Anaheim defenseman Kurt Sauer was off for hooking Teemu Selanne.

Bryzgalov stopped Jim Dowd on a breakaway about 3 minutes into the second period, but the Avalanche made it 4-1 less than a minute later. Blake made a perfect two-line pass to Turgeon coming out of the penalty box, and he scored on a slap shot from the top of the left circle.

Niedermayer scored with 39 seconds left during a delay-on-game penalty against Brisebois, then connected again 27 seconds into the third period after Blake failed to clear a rebound in front of the net. That goal came with 3 seconds left on Brad Richardson's holding penalty.

McDonald tied it when he finished off a slick passing play with Selanne and Chris Kunitz.

Turgeon's goal was the 508th of his career, moving him past legendary Montreal Canadiens captain Jean Beliveau for 31st place all-time. Turgeon was the first overall selection in the 1987 entry draft. The only No. 1 overall picks who have scored more goals since the draft was established in 1963 are Mario Lemieux (690), Guy Lafleur (560), Dale Hawerchuk (518) and Gilbert Perreault (512).

Game notes Giguere faced Colorado for the first time this season. Bryzgalov was in net for the other two meetings, both one-goal losses. ... Getzlaf's power-play goal was his eighth, breaking the Ducks' club record for rookies that Paul Kariya set in 1994-95. ... The Avalanche, whose 5-0 victory at Los Angeles on Monday cost Kings coach Andy Murray his job, played consecutive road games against the Ducks and Kings for the eighth time since the NHL expanded to Anaheim in 1993-94. Colorado has never swept both games. Anaheim has won only six of the last 21 meetings with Colorado since the start of the 2000-01 season.

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