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Ducks 5, Avalanche 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

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Ducks 5, Avalanche 2
Anaheim Ducks 5, Colorado Avalanche 2

DENVER (AP) - Jason Blake had a goal and four assists, Saku Koivu added a goal and three assists and the Anaheim Ducks kept their slim playoff hopes alive while dealing a setback to Colorado's with a 5-2 victory over the Avalanche on Wednesday night.

With six games remaining, the Ducks moved within seven points of the slumping Avalanche. Colorado's hold on the eighth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference grew more precarious after the Avalanche lost for the sixth time time in seven games, including the last three straight.

The Calgary Flames are the Avalanche's closest pursuer. The Flames entered Wednesday night's game against Phoenix four points behind Colorado, which will host the Flames on Friday night in a game pivotal to both clubs.

Playing some of their best hockey of the season, the Ducks have won seven of nine, including their last three wins with Curtis McElhinney in goal in place of ailing starter Jonas Hiller (back spasms). McElhinney made 27 saves.

For a moment, it appeared Colorado struck first but the officials ruled Cody McLeod's shot into the net 6:13 into the game was a no-goal because he struck the puck with a high stick. The call was confirmed by video replay.

The offensive frustrations mushroomed from there for Colorado. Midway through the second period, Matt Duchene's stick broke as he took a shot in the open from up close, resulting in a missed scoring chance. Early in the third, Milan Hejduk, who had scored Colorado's first goal, missed a shot wide with an open net.

Anaheim moved in front 1-0 on Steve Eminger's third goal of the season. Koivu dug the puck out from behind the behind the net and got it out to the point, where Eminger unleashed a slap shot to beat Craig Anderson.

The Ducks made it 2-0 by capitalizing on a Colorado turnover at the blue line. Blake picked up the loose puck and drove down the ice before passing to the streaking Koivu. He knocked the puck into the net for his 16th of the season with 3.4 seconds remaining in the first period.

Colorado closed to within a goal on Hejduk's power-play score at 13:22 of the second, but Anaheim rebuilt its cushion when Scott Niedermayer put in his 10th of the year with 30 seconds left in the period, driving the puck past Anderson with a shot from the lower left circle.

Anaheim's Teemu Selanne finished an odd-man rush early in the third period with his 22nd goal of the season. Blake then made it a 4-1 contest at 12:02 of the final frame, capping his five-point night with his 15th tally of the year.

Darcy Tucker had Colorado's other goal at 13:26 of the third.

NOTES: Selanne, who scored his 600th career goal in a March 21 victory over Colorado, tied Jari Kuri (601) for 17th on the all-time list. ... Hejduk has eight goals in 12 games since returning from knee and back injuries. ... Anaheim has gone 7-1 against Colorado since Nov. 24, 2008.

scoring summary
1st Period
Steve Eminger (3) ASST: Saku Koivu (27), Jason Blake (20)
1 - 0 ANA
Saku Koivu (16) ASST: Jason Blake (21)
2 - 0 ANA
2nd Period
PPG - Milan Hejduk (23) ASST: Paul Stastny (56), Matt Duchene (30)
2 - 1 ANA
Scott Niedermayer (10) ASST: Saku Koivu (28), Jason Blake (22)
3 - 1 ANA
3rd Period
Teemu Selanne (22) ASST: Jason Blake (23), Saku Koivu (29)
4 - 1 ANA
Jason Blake (15) ASST: Teemu Selanne (20), Steve Eminger (11)
5 - 1 ANA
Darcy Tucker (8) ASST: Ryan O'Reilly (17), Cody McLeod (9)
5 - 2 ANA
penalty summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Cody McLeod  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Brown
Mike Brown  Fighting (maj) against  Cody McLeod
Nick Bonino  Hooking against  Matt Duchene
Ryan Wilson  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
Sheldon Brookbank  Holding against  Chris Stewart
Brendan Mikkelson  Tripping against  Ryan O'Reilly
3rd Period
goalie stats
Curtis McElhinney
Curtis McElhinney
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 25 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .931SH: 0 - 0
Craig Anderson
Craig Anderson
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 22EV: 20 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
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