ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA. (AP) – Gabriel Landeskog scored 1:38 in extra time, Mikko Rantanen extended his hunt for goals to four games and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 on Friday evening.
Landeskog was first stopped by Anaheim goalkeeper John Gibson in a runaway, but got his own rebound and turned a wraparound for his third goal of the season.
“I wasn’t happy with the first shot. I have to lift the puck more because I know Gibson will take the low shots away, ”said Landeskog. “But I was able to stick with it, come to the net and stuff it asap.”
Joonas Donskoi also scored for Colorado and Phillip Grubauer stopped 36 shots.
Avalanche coach Jared Bednar wasn’t happy with the way his team played the first two periods.
“I didn’t think we deserved the win, but the goal was excellent and we scored a few goals on time,” said Bednar. “We tried to fight our way through things and they overwhelmed us for the first two periods. But our top guys have been excellent in the last 20 minutes. “
Hampus Lindholm and Adam Henrique scored their first goals of the season for Anaheim. Gibson made 30 parades.
The game went into overtime after the teams exchanged goals within 82 seconds in the third period.
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Rantanen gave Colorado a 2-1 lead at 6:20 a.m. after a great pass from rookie defender Bowen Byram. Rantanen has four goals and two assists in the last four games.
Henrique tied it again at 7:42 after Danton Heinen fed him a centering pass.
Donskoi brought the Avalanche into play with a power play goal of 2:56. The left winger put it in the short side of the net after Samuel Girard’s pass disrupted Gibson.
Lindholm made up for it 47 seconds after the second with a one-timer that Grubauer couldn’t attract.
Anaheim played a lot better than they did against Minnesota on Wednesday when coach Dallas Eakins ripped his team down for lack of effort. The Ducks had 18 shots in the first period and ended with a 38-32 advantage for the game.
“It’s so disappointing not to get both points when you’re playing well. With a little bit of detail it’s a 2-0 game for us, ”he said. “It went into overtime and then we fiddled with the blue line. We don’t want to be a team that works overtime. We want to keep it in the regulation and get both points. “
Byram, who was fourth overall in the 2019 draft, made his NHL debut against Los Angeles on Thursday, but was provisional. The nerve was gone a night later when he earned his first NHL point in his second game.
“I just got the puck on top of the blue line there and tried to move my feet to make some space,” he said. “It was a big goal in a close game and it helped us get a win.”
Donskoy’s score was Colorado’s 10th power play goal to top the league. It’s also the best the Avalanche had in five games in franchise history. The previous record was eight, which happened six times.
Gibson stopped Nathan MacKinnon on his short side during a penalty shoot-out at 8:31 a.m. of the third period. Colorado received the shot after Lindholm was told to hide the puck in the duck fold.
“It’s like exhaling a lot of air at once,” Eakins said of Gibson’s rescue. “Gibson handled it like it was nothing. It was a massive rescue at an important point in the game.
The teams will meet again on Sunday evening.
From Joe Reed
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