"We found a way to get to the shootout, and this year we've got
a couple of wins with it," Sakic said. "They are the best team in
hockey and it was a big win for us."
Sakic froze Giguere and sent a shot between his pads.
"Joe made a great move," Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said.
"It didn't even look like he had time to make that move, and he
Tyler Arnason and Brad Richardson scored in regulation for the
Avalanche. Theodore made 30 saves to win a rematch of last season's
Western Conference semifinal.
Anaheim outshot the Avalanche 12-10 in the third period. Brad
Richardson missed an open net at 16:28 of the third for Colorado.
The game was tied 2-all after two periods.
Anaheim managed only seven shots until Theodore was called for
tripping at 14:36 of the second. The Ducks capitalized with Selanne
and Penner scoring goals 78 seconds apart to tie it.
Selanne got his eighth of the season while Anaheim was on a
power play. Theodore then stopped Pronger's shot from the right
point, but Penner sent the rebound in from in front of the crease
Colorado outshot the Ducks 16-2 in the first period and led 2-0
on goals by Arnason and Richardson.
Arnason's sixth of the season came at 7:51 when he converted a
centering pass from Brett McLean. Richardson's fifth came at 18:01
just as Scott Niedermayer was leaving the penalty box.
"We lost every battle in the first period and we were lucky
that it was only 2-0," Selanne said. "We got one point, and we
have to move on."
Giguere hadn't allowed a goal since Sunday, when Michael
Zigomanis of Phoenix scored at 2:07 of the third period. ... The
Ducks are 2-1-1 on the second night of back-to-back games. ...
Colorado D Karlis Skrastins played in his 455th consecutive game.
... The game was delayed for five minutes to repair glass along the
side boards. ... Colorado is 2-0 in shootouts this year, while the
Ducks are 2-5.
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Arena: Pepsi Center Location: Denver, Colorado
Referees: Mike Leggo, Ian Walsh Linesmen: Mark Pare, Dan Schachte
Attendance: 17,104 (95.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Tyler Arnason (6)
Assist: Brett McLean
Brad Richardson (5)
Assists: Ian Laperriere, Brett Clark
Teemu Selanne (8)
(Power Play) Assists: Andy McDonald, Chris Pronger
Dustin Penner (8)
Assists: Todd Marchant, Chris Pronger