Avs Surrender Six in the Second in 6-4 Loss

Rick Sadowski | | Saturday, 03.15.2014 / 2:32 AM

DENVER -- Frustrated by a four-game losing streak and needing a win to stay in first place in the Pacific Division, the Anaheim Ducks scored six times in the second period and defeated the Colorado Avalanche 6-4 on Friday at Pepsi Center.

Anaheim (44-16-7) maintained its lead in the Pacific Division after the second-place San Jose Sharks (44-17-7) defeated the New York Islanders 4-3. Each team has 95 points, but the Ducks have played one fewer game.

Despite the loss, Colorado (43-19-5) remained in second place in the Central Division with a one-point lead on the Chicago Blackhawks (38-15-14), who lost 3-2 to the Nashville Predators to stay at 90 points.

Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler sustained a lower-body injury and didn't return.

The Avalanche thought they closed within 6-5 with 6:08 to play, but Nathan MacKinnon poked the puck out of the air with a high stick. The goal was immediately waved off and the call stood following a video review.

The Ducks outscored the Avalanche 6-3 in a wild second period to take a 6-4 lead.

Jamie McGinn's power-play goal at 5:21 put the Avalanche ahead 2-1, but the Ducks responded with four consecutive goals on seven shots in a 3:19 span for a 5-2 lead.

Kyle Palmieri scored twice in 47 seconds, breaking in alone on goalie Semyon Varlamov at 7:47 and putting in the rebound of Hampus Lindholm at 8:34. Palmieri started the play by taking the puck away from Avalanche center Marc-Andre Cliche in the corner.

Corey Perry made it 5-2 at 11:53 when he fired the puck from the right point off the end boards. The puck caromed off Varlamov's back and bounced inside the right post.

Avalanche coach Patrick Roy replaced Varlamov, who allowed five goals on 24 shots, with Jean-Sebastien Giguere after Perry's goal, his 36th of the season.

The Avalanche responded with two goals in 33 seconds. McGinn put in the rebound of defenseman Erik Johnson's shot for another power-play goal at 18:08, and Gabriel Landeskog skated through the goalmouth and backhanded the puck under the left arm of Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller at 18:41 to make it 5-4.

But the Ducks came right back and scored with 48.8 seconds to play in the period. Mathieu Perreault eluded two Avalanche defenders in the high slot and put a shot through several bodies into the net.

Colorado's John Mitchell, who signed a three-year, $5.4 million contract extension before the game, opened the scoring at 12:25 of the first period. It was his eighth goal of the season and second in three games since he replaced Paul Stastny (back injury) on a line with Landeskog and MacKinnon.

Hiller made 34 saves to help the Ducks end their four-game skid (0-2-2). Giguere stopped eight of nine shots he faced.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
12:25COL John Mitchell (8) ASST: Gabriel Landeskog (34), Nate Guenin (6) 1 - 0 COL
2nd Period
03:08ANA Daniel Winnik (4) ASST: Nick Bonino (26), Bryan Allen (8) 1 - 1 Tie
05:21COL PPG - Jamie McGinn (16) ASST: Ryan O'Reilly (29), Nick Holden (11) 2 - 1 COL
07:47ANA Kyle Palmieri (10) ASST: Patrick Maroon (11), Ryan Getzlaf (43) 2 - 2 Tie
08:34ANA Kyle Palmieri (11) ASST: Hampus Lindholm (18), Nick Bonino (27) 3 - 2 ANA
09:40ANA Corey Perry (36) ASST: Teemu Selanne (14), Cam Fowler (29) 4 - 2 ANA
11:53ANA Ben Lovejoy (4) ASST: Cam Fowler (30), Ryan Getzlaf (44) 5 - 2 ANA
18:08COL PPG - Jamie McGinn (17) ASST: Erik Johnson (25), Ryan O'Reilly (30) 5 - 3 ANA
18:41COL Gabriel Landeskog (20) ASST: John Mitchell (17), Jan Hejda (10) 5 - 4 ANA
19:11ANA Mathieu Perreault (13) ASST: Jakob Silfverberg (11), Luca Sbisa (4) 6 - 4 ANA
3rd Period
Three Stars of the Game
Kyle Palmieri
Kyle Palmieri
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 9:27
Jamie McGinn
Jamie McGinn
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: -3TOI: 16:31
Daniel Winnik
Daniel Winnik
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 14:57
Penalty Summary
1st Period
08:11COL Brad Malone  Hooking against  Mathieu Perreault
15:12ANA Hampus Lindholm  Hooking against  Nathan MacKinnon
2nd Period
04:28ANA Luca Sbisa  Hooking against  Matt Duchene
16:35ANA Ben Lovejoy  Slashing against  Jamie McGinn
3rd Period
00:48COL Gabriel Landeskog  Charging against  Daniel Winnik
02:07COL Erik Johnson  Match penalty against  Mathieu Perreault
02:07ANA Mathieu Perreault  Roughing against  Erik Johnson
11:20ANA Mathieu Perreault  Slashing against  John Mitchell
14:31ANA Ryan Getzlaf  Roughing against  Max Talbot
14:31COL Patrick Bordeleau  Game misconduct against  Patrick Maroon
14:31ANA Patrick Maroon  Game misconduct against  Patrick Bordeleau
20:00ANA Corey Perry  Slashing against  Matt Duchene
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/42/5
Faceoff Wins3634
Blocked Shots1716
Penalty Minutes2424
4C. FowlerD0221013:59
5L. SbisaD0124219:18
6B. LovejoyD1011219:25
7A. CoglianoL0000015:06
8T. SelanneR0122016:14
10C. PerryR1013220:50
11S. KoivuC0000011:59
13N. BoninoC0214016:32
15R. GetzlafC0221225:01
21K. PalmieriR201509:27
22M. PerreaultC1012411:34
23F. BeaucheminD0000028:01
33J. SilfverbergR0111013:19
34D. WinnikL1003014:57
39M. BeleskeyL001009:17
47H. LindholmD0112214:17
55B. AllenD0123019:55
62P. MaroonL01211010:23
1J. Hiller3438.89560:00
2N. HoldenD01-22022:26
4T. BarrieD00-22022:13
5N. GueninD0100015:55
6E. JohnsonD01-241017:39
7J. MitchellC1123019:46
8J. HejdaD01-10021:43
9M. DucheneC00-25021:20
11J. McGinnL20-33016:31
24M. ClicheC00-30010:01
25M. TalbotC00-22014:35
28P. CareyC000003:49
29N. MacKinnonC0013021:13
42B. MaloneC00-1026:30
55C. McLeodL00-23012:09
58P. BordeleauL0001106:23
61A. BenoitD00-12020:04
90R. O'ReillyC02-33022:27
92G. LandeskogL1115220:13
1S. Varlamov1924.79231:49
35J. Giguere89.88924:14