|Date of game: 3/20/2015
Recap: Anaheim vs. Colorado
Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Corey Perry scored the game-winning goal 1:25 into overtime to lift the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday.
After Sami Vatanen stripped a player of the puck, Perry took the loose puck and finished off a breakaway with a wrister over Semyon Varlamov's glove for the win.
Jiri Sekac and Rickard Rakell each tallied a goal and an assist and Frederik Andersen made 22 saves en route to the Ducks' fourth straight win.
"Sami made a great play at the blueline, making a play on that puck and just poking it ahead," said Perry. "I was fortunate to have that breakaway and I had an idea of what I wanted to do."
Jarome Iginla and Ryan O'Reilly each lit the lamp, while Varlamov made 37 stops as Colorado's three-game winning streak was halted.
"That was a hard-fought game," Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy said. "I'm very happy with the performance of the team. It's an important point for us now."
Trailing 1-0 in the third period, Matt Duchene skated below the goal line and sent a laser of a pass to the top of the goalmouth, where Iginla tapped it in for a tied game at 5:28.
Less than two minutes later, O'Reilly gathered a turnover at the Colorado blue line, skated through the neutral zone and beat Andersen stick side with a quick shot for a short-handed goal and a 2-1 lead.
Rakell quickly tied the game up after drifting into the slot, poking the puck past a Colorado defender and shooting the puck into the right corner of the net with 10:56 remaining.
Sekac opened the scoring for the Ducks just 3:37 into the game by skating behind the net to the left circle where he sent a low wrister past Varlamov to cap his line's hard-working shift.Game Notes
Vatanen returned to the lineup after missing 15 games with a lower-body injury
... The Ducks improved to 31-4-6 when scoring first ... Perry tied an Anaheim
record with his sixth career overtime goal ... Varlamov's personal six-game
winning streak came to an end ... The Ducks have won their last four games
against the Avalanche ... The two teams will conclude their season series in
Anaheim on April 3.