Avs came out strong and drew a penalty. Barely set up before a bad turnover resulted in a breakaway for Bobby Ryan. Short-handed goal.
Getzlaf caught the Avs on a change and sent a pass up to a breaking Ryan, score.
Last five minutes, Avs turn it on, get goals by Ryan O'Reilly and Milan Hejduk, but can't get that last one to send the game to OT.
Seriously, this game was sleep-inducing until the last five. Avs outplayed the Ducks in every area except scoring goals and taking advantage of opportunities. Not too upset about this one. The Ducks are on a huMANgous hot streak right now, and the Avs did almost everything right. It sometimes happens when the lesser team gets the win (see Avalanche, 2009-2010 season).
MHH Best Three Avs of the Night
- 1 J.S. Giguere - saved the boys' bacon at key moments
- 2 Ryan O'Reilly - scored the Avs' first goal and won 59% of his face offs
- 3 Milan Hejduk - slick hands, man. Slick hands.
- 1a Landeskog - O'Reilly - Hejduk
- 1b Galiardi - Stastny - Mueller
- 3 Winnik - McClement - Jones
- 4 McLeod - van der Gulik - Kobasew
- 1 Avs outshot Ducks 45-18
- 2 VDG had team high 4 hits
- 3 McClement won 6 of 8 face offs for 75% win rate
NHL.com Recap & Highlights
There's one more game before the All Star break, and it's on Tuesday at the Pepsi Center against the Wild.