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Recap: Milano Scores Twice in 5-2 Loss to Avs

by Matt Weller @MattWeller_ /

Sonny Milano scored twice, but the Colorado Avalanche rallied to earn their sixth straight win, defeating Anaheim 5-2 tonight at Ball Arena. The setback is Anaheim's third straight loss immediately following the end of an eight-game winning streak. 


Milano scored both of his goals, his fourth and fifth of the season, on the power play. The Ducks rank second among NHL clubs in power-play goals (17).

John Gibson made 32 saves in his eighth straight start. Gibson sits second among NHL netminders in saves (474) and time on ice (974:05).

The Ducks broke through for the game's opening goal after same bad luck for Colorado netminder Darcy Kuemper. With Anaheim on the power play, Rakell got to a loose puck at the side of the net and took a quick shot. Kuemper slid to his right to make the initial save, but the steel in his skate fell out of his boot in the process, preventing him from sliding back to his crease for the rebound opportunity, which Milano tapped home to put the Ducks ahead.

Video: ANA@COL: Milano cleans up in front by scoring PPG

Kuemper departed from the game for skate repairs and was replaced by Jonas Johansson, who played the remainder of the game. 

Rakell has points in consecutive games since returning from injury (1-1=2). 

Colorado evened the score in the final minute of the first period as Cale Makar's shot snuck through traffic and beat Gibson. Makar leads NHL defensemen in goals (eight) despite playing in only 14 games. He's also the only blueliner in the league to average more than one point-per-game (1.14).

The Avs scored twice in the middle frame to for a two-goal edge after 40 minutes. Alex Newhook gave the home team the lead early in the period, tipping home Devon Toews' point shot for his third goal of the season. Nicolas Aube-Kubel doubled the advantage, getting to a blocked shot in the slot and lifting the puck over Gibson's shoulder.

The Ducks found iron again a shortly later, coming inches away from pulling within a goal. Kevin Shattenkirk faked a slapshot from the right point before zipping a bid off the stick of Sam Steel in the slot. The shot grazed by Johansson's glove but clanged off the post, keeping the Ducks deficit at two.

Colorado added an insurance goal on a 5-on-3 power play early in the third period, with Nazem Kadri redirecting a pass by Mikko Rantanen.

Valeri Nichushkin notched Colorado's fifth tally of the night, marking the fifth time in the last six games the Avs have scored a handful. Nichushkin collected a loose puck in the right faceoff circle and buried a wrist shot by Gibson to give the Colorado a four-goal cushion. The Avalanche are the only NHL team to average over four goals-per-game.

The Ducks connected again on the power-play to get back within three as Milano tipped Jamie Drysdale's point shot by Johansson for his second goal of the game.

Video: ANA@COL: Milano scores PPG in 3rd period

Milano co-leads the Ducks in power-play goals (three).

Anaheim will host its annual Black Friday matinee game, taking on the Ottawa Senators at Honda Center. Tickets are on sale now.

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