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Avs Look to Ride Momentum versus Ducks

Saturday, 09.21.2013 / 4:28 PM

Ron Knabenbauer

The Colorado Avalanche heads out on the road for the first time this preseason as it goes to Southern California on Sunday to face the Anaheim Ducks (6 p.m. MT).

Sunday's game is the second and final meeting of the preseason between the Avs and the Ducks. The two clubs will face each other on Oct. 2 at Pepsi Center for their first game of the 2013-14 regular season.

The Ducks won the first meeting of the preseason, 2-1, on Wednesday night in Denver after Hampus Lindholm broke a 1-1 tie with a power-play tally with 5:56 left in regulation.

Colorado bounced back on Friday night as it erased a two-goal deficit in the third period and defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 in overtime.

The line of Steve Downie, Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly was especially effective in the contest against the Kings as they helped contribute to every goal the Avs scored.

O'Reilly finished with two goals and an assist in the game – including the game-winner 45 seconds into the extra period – while Duchene finished with three assists. Steve Downie also scored a big goal as he found the back of the net on the power play at 3:20 of the third period, cutting the Avs' deficit to 3-2.

O'Reilly then tied the game as he scored on his own rebound at 9:37 and then won it with a great individual effort while the team was shorthanded in overtime. From his own zone, O'Reilly brought the puck down the right-wing side, did a full-spin at the top of the L.A. crease and sneaked the puck past the right pad of netminder Martin Jones.

"If we [kept] working the right way, we [were] going to have success in the third, and we absolutely did," O'Reilly said. "We stuck to the system and guys kept working hard."

The line also started the game for Colorado and helped contribute to defenseman Andre Benoit game-opening goal just 26 seconds into the contest. O'Reilly and Duchene had assists on the score and Downie made a nice breakout pass to move the puck up the ice after the opening faceoff.

While the come-from-behind win was nice, Duchene said the club can't be complacent and needs to focus on being its best for the start of the season

"We have to keep pushing every day to get better," Duchene said. "As a line and individually throughout the entire team, we have to keep elevating our game every day."

After Sunday's game, the Avalanche returns to Denver to begin a home-and-home series with the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.

Sunday's game against Anaheim and all of Colorado's preseason contests will be broadcast live on the Altitude Radio Network.

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