NHL: Ducks and Avalanche tied, 3-3, after two periods
It was left to Teemu Selanne to get the Ducks back on better footing.
The veteran forward had two goals and assisted on another as the Ducks rallied from a two-goal deficit to finish the second period against the Colorado Avalanche tied, 3-3, after two periods Monday night at Anaheim's Honda Center.
The Ducks were awarded a penalty shot when Colorado defenseman John-Michael Liles covered the puck in the crease with his hand. Selanne cashed that in with a flick of the wrist, getting his fifth goal in the last five games to cut the Colorado lead to 2-1 only 47 seconds into the period.
A fortunate bounce got the Ducks even. Jason Blake centered the puck from behind the net. The pass went off the skate of Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson and into the net.
Selanne, who picked up his 700th NHL assist on Blake’s goal, gave the Ducks the lead with his persistence. Selanne had a shot blocked by Johnson, who attempted to clear. Selanne intercepted the puck and flipped it back on net, beating goaltender Brian Elliott.
David Jones tied the score, 3-3, when crashed the net and flicked a shot past goaltender Ray Emery with 4:30 left in the period.
Photo: Colorado Avalanche's Ryan O'Byrne, left, races to the puck next to Anaheim Ducks' Saku Koivu during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, CA on March 28, 2011. Credit: Christine Cotter / AP