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Sakic Lifts Avs To Shootout Win Over Ducks

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche

DENVER (AP) -Joe Sakic scored in a shootout and the Colorado Avalanche overcame Teemu Selanne's 500th career goal to beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 on Wednesday night.

Tyler Arnason and Brad Richardson scored in regulation for the Avalanche. Jose Theodore made 30 saves and turned aside shots by Selanne, Ryan Shannon and Ryan Getzlaf in the shootout to win a rematch of last season's Western Conference semifinal.

Selanne became the 36th player in NHL history to reach the milestone. He joined Jari Kurri as the only Finnish-born NHL players to score 500 goals.

The 36-year-old Selanne sent a wrist shot past Colorado goalie Jose Theodore at 14:54 of the second period. Andy McDonald set up the goal with a cross-ice pass.

Dustin Penner also scored for the Ducks and Chris Pronger had two assists. Jean-Sebastian Giguere stopped 41 shots and had his shutout streak snapped at 85 minutes, 44 seconds.

Anaheim managed only seven shots until Theodore was called for tripping at 14:36 of the second. The Ducks capitalized with Selanne and Penner scoring goals 78 seconds apart to tie it.

Selanne got his eighth of the season while Anaheim was on a power play. Theodore then stopped Pronger's shot from the right point, but Penner sent the rebound in from in front of the crease at 16:12.

Colorado outshot the Ducks 16-2 in the first period and led 2-0 on goals by Arnason and Richardson.

Arnason's sixth of the season came at 7:51 when he converted a centering pass from Brett McLean. Richardson's fifth came at 18:01 just as Scott Niedermayer was leaving the penalty box.

Notes: Giguere hadn't allowed a goal since Sunday, when Michael Zigomanis of Phoenix scored at 2:07 of the third period. ... The Ducks are 2-1-1 on the second night of back-to-back games. ... Colorado D Karlis Skrastins played in his 455th consecutive game. ... The game was delayed for five minutes to repair glass along the side boards.

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