DENVER - Teemu Selanne scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period, sending the Anaheim Ducks past the struggling Colorado Avalanche 4-3 on Saturday.
The Avs have lost four in a row, seven of eight and are 1-5-0 on their season-high eight-game homestand that they had hoped would serve as the catalyst for salvaging a season quickly turning sour.
Selanne's goal five minutes into the third period made a loser of Peter Budaj, who returned to goal by default more than anything else.
Budaj had gone 1-4-0 with a 3.88 goals-against average in his previous six starts, and he had been pulled early in the second period of his previous start, on Jan. 21 against Los Angeles, after he allowed four goals in 15 shots.
Andrew Raycroft, who allowed seven goals on 30 shots in a 7-4 loss to Toronto on Thursday night, has lost five straight starts with a 3.97 average during that span.
Meanwhile, the Ducks have had their own issues in goal. Jonas Hiller started for the third straight game in place of Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who's 1-5-2 with a 3.68 average in his last nine starts. Hiller helped the Ducks win for just the second time in five games.
Budaj left the ice with a minute to go, and the Avs had several chances to tie it but couldn't put the puck past Hiller in the frenetic final seconds.
Bret Hedican didn't have a good second period for Anaheim. First, Milan Hejduk stole the puck from him at centre ice for a short-handed goal. Then, Hedican left the ice with a blood-soaked towel covering his face after an inadvertent elbow by Avs forward Chris Stewart.
On the steal, Hedican spun, looking to pass the puck when Hejduk came up from behind, swiped the puck and put it past Hiller to tie it at two.
Ian Laperriere's goal less than two minutes later gave Colorado a 3-2 led, but Scott Niedermayer tied it again with a power-play goal.
The Ducks weathered a four-minute high-sticking penalty by Corey Perry, who bloodied Marek Svatos' chin, and grabbed a 2-1 lead after one period. George Parros scored just 80 seconds after the Avs took a 1-0 lead on John-Michael Liles goal, and the Ducks went ahead on Ryan Getzlaf's goal after the Ducks turned back the Avs on Perry's double-minor penalty.
Notes: Adam Foote missed his 11th game with a torn triceps. ... The Avs had won seven of eight at home against the Ducks. ... Anaheim has power-play goals in eight straight games. ... The Avs have played in 28 one-goal games, most in the NHL. They are 16-11-1 in those games.