Ducks Score Early And Hold On For 3-0 Win

Rick Sadowski | | Thursday, 02.07.2013 / 5:41 PM

DENVER -- It sure looks like the Anaheim Ducks struck gold in the free-agent market after missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs a year ago.

Signees Sheldon Souray, Daniel Winnik and Viktor Fasth have played major roles in the Ducks' 7-1-1 start –- the best in franchise history -- and all three contributed Wednesday night in a 3-0 victory against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center.

Souray, a 36-year-old defenseman, already has four goals and seven points after scoring a goal and adding an assist against the Avalanche. Winnik, a former Colorado forward, has five goals and three assists after setting up Francois Beauchemin's second-period goal. Fasth, a 30-year-old rookie from Sweden, turned aside 31 shots for his first NHL shutout and is unbeaten in four starts. He has a 0.98 goals-against average and a save percentage of .962.

The Ducks have won four games in a row, have gone 5-0-1 in their past six games and are 3-0-1 on the road with five games remaining on a grueling six-game trip.

The Avalanche, meanwhile, have lost two consecutive games -– both at home -– and five of the past seven to fall two games below .500 at 4-6-0.

The Ducks needed just eight first-period shots to grab a 2-0 lead on goals by Souray and Saku Koivu.

Souray, who has goals in three consecutive games and has rejuvenated his career, opened the scoring at 6:20 with a blast from just inside the blue line that found its way through a number of sticks and skates before slipping behind goalie Semyon Varlamov.

Souray, Teemu Selanne and Koivu combined for a power-play goal at 15:39 during a two-man advantage after Colorado's Michael Sgarbossa and Ryan O'Byrne took interference and hooking penalties, respectively, 40 seconds apart.

It took the Ducks 34 seconds to convert. Souray fed Selanne at the base of the right circle, Selanne passed in front, and Koivu nudged the puck into the net while stationed near the left post.

The Ducks increased the lead to 3-0 at 10:45 of the second period when Winnik threw a centering pass for Beauchemin for a one-timer from the top of the slot.

Colorado closes out its four-game homestand on Monday against Phoenix. Anaheim travels to Dallas for a game with the Stars on Friday.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
06:20ANA Sheldon Souray (4) ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (6) 1 - 0 ANA
15:39ANA PPG - Saku Koivu (3) ASST: Teemu Selanne (7), Sheldon Souray (3) 2 - 0 ANA
2nd Period
10:45ANA Francois Beauchemin (2) ASST: Daniel Winnik (3), Saku Koivu (8) 3 - 0 ANA
3rd Period
Three Stars of the Game
Saku Koivu
Saku Koivu
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:30
Viktor Fasth
Viktor Fasth
SA: 31TOI: 59:57
GA: 0EV: 30-30
PIM: 0PP: 0-0
SV%: 1.000SH: 1-1
Sheldon Souray
Sheldon Souray
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 20:12
Penalty Summary
1st Period
02:00ANA Brad Staubitz  Fighting (maj) against  Patrick Bordeleau
02:00COL Patrick Bordeleau  Fighting (maj) against  Brad Staubitz
10:23ANA Ryan Getzlaf  Interference against  John Mitchell
14:07COL Michael Sgarbossa  Hooking against  Andrew Cogliano
14:47COL Ryan O'Byrne  Cross checking against  Bryan Allen
2nd Period
3rd Period
08:16ANA Sheldon Souray  Roughing against  PA Parenteau
08:16COL PA Parenteau  Roughing against  Sheldon Souray
18:05COL Shane O'Brien  Hooking against  Andrew Cogliano
18:05COL Shane O'Brien  Unsportsmanlike conduct
18:05COL Shane O'Brien  Misconduct (10 min)
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/30/1
Faceoff Wins2736
Blocked Shots2216
Penalty Minutes925
5L. SbisaD0003021:22
7A. CoglianoL0012016:29
8T. SelanneR0102015:16
9B. RyanR0001016:59
10C. PerryR0011016:56
11S. KoivuC1111017:30
13N. BoninoC0001012:34
15R. GetzlafC0110216:25
23F. BeaucheminD1022024:02
25B. StaubitzR000159:56
34D. WinnikL0111016:44
39M. BeleskeyL0000011:13
40J. HendryD0000016:45
44S. SourayD1123220:12
45S. VatanenD0000017:21
51K. PalmieriR0001013:11
55B. AllenD0000018:54
65E. EtemR0011014:14
30V. Fasth31311.00059:57
3R. O'ByrneD0003218:57
4G. ZanonD0002023:20
5S. O'BrienD00-111417:24
6E. JohnsonD00-11023:20
7J. MitchellC0001016:14
8J. HejdaD00-11014:38
9M. DucheneC00-14020:59
11J. McGinnL0001018:15
12C. KobasewR00-12012:46
15P. ParenteauR00-11219:07
22M. HunwickD00-10020:36
23M. HejdukR0003011:35
26P. StastnyC0002017:50
40M. OlverC0000010:58
43M. SgarbossaC00-12211:11
54D. JonesR00-13016:57
55C. McLeodL00-13013:09
58P. BordeleauL000155:17
1S. Varlamov1720.85060:00