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Ducks win their fifth in a row

After four tense victories, they score early against Avalanche and move up to seventh in the Western Conference.

March 26, 2009|Associated Press

DENVER — The Ducks had to put in overtime in building a four-game winning streak. They made sure there was no drama in earning win No. 5.

Corey Perry scored two goals, Andrew Ebbett had a goal and two assists and the Ducks tightened their hold on a playoff spot with a 7-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night.

The Ducks, coming off a 2-1 shootout win in Nashville on Tuesday night, scored 2:11 into the game and led 3-0 after the first period.

"It's always important when you're on the road to get yourself into the game right away," Anaheim Coach Randy Carlyle said. "We were able to do that tonight."

James Wisniewski tied a career high with three assists to help the Ducks move into seventh place in the Western Conference playoff race, a point ahead of idle Edmonton.

"It's a perfect time to be going on a streak like this because you want to be going into the playoffs at your peak," Wisniewski said.

Erik Christensen, Teemu Selanne, Rob Niedermayer and Petteri Nokelainen also scored, and Jonas Hiller made 34 saves. Milan Hejduk and Cody McLeod scored for Colorado, which has lost five straight for the third time this season.

"It's been a while since we've been on the right side of one of these," Carlyle said. "I can remember vividly about three weeks ago a 6-0 game in Boston that we were on the wrong side of the score. We were fortunate enough the pucks went this way."

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