Despite erasing two separate one-goal deficits and controlling the majority of five-on-five play, the Ducks saw their two-game winning streak end in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre. Jeff Petry's game-winning goal came just 25 seconds into sudden death, putting an end to a run that saw the Ducks come in with wins in two straight and a 5-2-0 mark in their past seven games.
It was a battle of two of the game's top netminders, with Anaheim's John Gibson turning in a 24-save performance and Carey Price stopping 35 of 37 for Montreal.
In the end, a lack of coverage on Petry as he entered the offensive zone proved costly for the Ducks, who were looking to win their third in a row for the first time since the first three games of the season.
"It's always good to get a point, but we should've had the second one," said Ducks center Derek Grant, who scored his 12th goal of the season in the opening minutes of the third period tonight. "It stings. We played well, but made a couple mistakes that keep us from winning games. It's something we have to fix."
The Canadiens opened the scoring with 2:42 remaining in the first period when 20-year-old center Nick Suzuki found the back of the net with a seeing-eye snap shot for his 11th goal of the season.
The Ducks evened the score midway through the middle frame when Jakob Silfverberg buried a nice feed from Rickard Rakell for his 16th goal of the season. The goal ended an eight-game drought for the veteran right wing. With the assist, Rakell extended his point streak to four games (1g/4a).
Video: ANA@MTL: Silfverberg one-times Rakell's feed home
Montreal regained the lead less than three minutes later when veteran right wing Brendan Gallagher found time and space in the high slot to beat Gibson for his 18th goal of the season.
Grant tied the game just 2:16 into the third with his 12th goal of the season, tying his career high for goals set two seasons ago.
Video: ANA@MTL: Grant chips shot home from the doorstep
Despite giving up a power-play goal to Suzuki, the Ducks finished the game going 4-for-5 on the PK. Unfortunately, they were unable to convert on their two opportunities with the man advantage.
Price showed why he's one of the all-time greats when he denied Silfverberg on a point-blank chance with roughly 1:30 remaining in regulation. Had Silfverberg scored, it would've broken a 2-2 tie.
The Ducks will have little time to rest, as they close out a back-to-back tomorrow night in Toronto.
"We get another crack at it tomorrow," said Grant. "We'll get right back to work and come out the same way we did today."