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NHL: Avalanche get Ducks down, keep them there in first period

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The Colorado Avalanche, the Western Conference’s 14th-place team, had its way with the Ducks in the first period Monday night at Aneheim's Honda Center.

The Avalanche wasted little time in getting started, scoring two goals on four shots to open the game.

Milan Hejduk’s slick pass through the crease set up Ryan O’Reilly with an open net at which to take aim. His power-play goal gave Colorado a 1-0 lead 3 minutes 34 seconds into the game.

Two minutes later, goaltender Ray Emery stopped Hejduk’s shot on a two-on-one breakaway. But Matt Duchene was there to chip in the rebound for a 2-0 lead.

Every attempt by the Ducks to reverse things was met and answered by the Avalanche. That included 17 saves by Colorado goaltender Brian Elliott.

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Photo: Ducks defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky controls the puck ahead of Avalanche center Matt Duchene in the first period Monday night at Honda Center. Credit: Christine Cotter / Associated Press

 
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