DENVER (AP) -- After playing at home the previous night and not
arriving in Denver until 4 a.m., the Anaheim Mighty Ducks should
have been the tired team.
They didn't play like it.
Petr Sykora's second goal of the game broke a tie with 1:18 left
in the third period, and Anaheim rallied to beat the Colorado
Avalanche 5-3 Thursday night.
Anaheim, which trailed 2-0 late in the first period and 3-2 late
in the second, accounted for the final margin on Keith Carney's
empty-net goal at 19:30.
Jason Krog also scored twice for Anaheim, which snapped a
five-game losing streak on the road and a seven-game winless streak
"We hadn't won in our last seven games,'' Sykora said. "We're
in a position now where we have to win games. Tonight we finally
got our power play going.''
Both of Sykora's goals came on power plays.
Of the clincher, he said, "I was just trying to get open. When
I got the puck, I just tried to hit it as hard as I could and it
went in for me.''
Milan Hejduk had two goals and an assist for Colorado, which
dropped its third straight home game and fell to 7-8-6-2 on home
ice this season.
Anaheim's Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who missed the previous three
games because of a sore neck, withstood 17 Colorado shots in the
third period and finished with 36 saves.
Patrick Roy, extending his NHL record for games played by a
goalie to 997, had 22 saves.
The Avalanche held a closed-door meeting after the game.
"It was time to close the doors and say some things and stop
what's going on,'' coach Tony Granato said. "We got sloppy again
tonight and a team took advantage of it again in our own
Hejduk said the Mighty Ducks "scored two late goals in the
first and second periods, and that really sank our team a little
Sykora clinched it with his 15th goal late in the third period
on a shot from deep in the left circle. The Mighty Ducks scored the
power-play goal with Colorado defenseman Rob Blake off for
interference. Roy left the net moments later, and Carney converted.
Colorado jumped out to a 2-0 lead on first-period goals by Joe
Sakic and Hejduk, but Krog scored late in the period.
Sakic scored his 18th goal, taking a pass from Hejduk from the
left boards and scoring from the left circle on a power play at
After Colorado's Dan Hinote just missed on a shot that went
behind Giguere and through the crease, Hejduk got his 20th goal.
Blake's hard pass from the right point found Hejduk just left of
the goal at 15:18.
Krog made it 2-1 at 19:49, scoring from the left circle after a
rebound came out front. It was Anaheim's first goal in 139 minutes,
"That goal late in the first period gave them momentum and
life,'' Granato said, "and I think that was the turning point of
Anaheim coach Mike Babcock agreed.
"They've struggled at home, and when you struggle at home you
tend to tighten up,'' he said. "We thought if maybe we could hang
in the game, we'd get an opportunity, and we did.''
Anaheim goals by Krog and Sykora countered Hejduk's second goal,
making it 3-3 after two periods.
Krog's pass, intended for Alexei Smirnov, deflected off
defenseman Blake in front of the net for the tying goal at 6:44.
Hejduk got his 21st goal on a 5-on-3 power play at 17:19,
scoring again from left of the goal after Peter Forsberg passed
through the crease.
On another late-period goal, Sykora scored on a power play with
19 seconds left on a rebound from just right of the goal.
Midway through the second period, Dean McAmmond's hard shot hit
Giguere and knocked off his mask.
Blake returned to the ice after missing two of the last
three games with a pulled muscle in his back. ... Giguere came in
tied for the league lead in shutouts (5). ... Anaheim had scored
only one goal in its previous three games. ... Colorado has lost
its last three home games by a combined score of 13-6.