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Ducks rally again, beat Avalanche, 4-3, in OT

Corey Perry scores twice as Anaheim pushes its win streak to six and wins for the eighth time after trailing 1-0.

February 24, 2013|By Lance Pugmire

This time, it wasn't just a one-goal deficit. It was two.

And it wasn't just about trailing after the second period. It was recognizing they finished 2-30-2 in such games last season, and still had to beat their tough former teammate, Colorado's Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

Still, the Ducks won again Sunday — for the sixth time in a row overall and at home, improving to 10-1 this month with four overtime and shootout victories as they venture to Staples Center on Monday night versus the Kings.

Corey Perry scored his second goal of the game — and fourth in four games — beating Giguere to his left on a power play with 45.4 seconds remaining in overtime for a 4-3 victory over the Avalanche at a sold-out Honda Center.

"We have that feeling we can go out and win every night, in every situation," Perry said as the Ducks improved to 13-2-1 with their sixth consecutive come-from-behind triumph. "We win the little battles it takes to come back from, and everyone's contributing. That's why it's happening."

Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin collected a career-high four assists, delivering a sharp pass to Ryan Getzlaf to set up Perry's game-winner.

Getzlaf earlier scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season on a third-period power play and added two assists to further confirm he has elevated his game since last season's disappointing 11-goal output.

"Is this the last season on his contract?" teammate Teemu Selanne cracked afterward.

Selanne scored his 250th power-play goal in the second period against ex-teammate Giguere, adding that although the landmark didn't mean "too much," he did recall that the first goal of his career came on a power play in 1992 at San Francisco's Cow Palace.

The Ducks hammered Giguere with 22 shots in the second period, and impressively allowed only one shot at goaltender Jonas Hiller in the third period.

Although Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau joked "the heart can't take" many more early deficits, "we don't allow that much in the third, and in the end, that's the most important period."

Colorado was shut out at home by the Ducks' Viktor Fasth on Feb. 6, but it took the Avalanche only 2:28 to score against Hiller.

Matt Hunwick fired a shot that Cody McLeod deflected in front of an apparently shielded Hiller in front of the crease.

The Ducks have been comfortable rallying from such adversity this season, now claiming eight victories after trailing 1-0.

But this time they confronted Giguere, who led the Ducks to the 2007 Stanley Cup title, playing 447 games with the team while winning 206 games and posting 32 shutouts. He was 3-1 against them before Sunday.

"You can't just shoot pucks at him, you've got to go to the net against him," Perry said of Giguere. "We knew that."

Sluggish early after their season-long five-day layoff, the Ducks appeared to energize at the start of the second period.

"We obviously didn't want to do that, but we can't continue to do that," Perry said.

Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler, who had suffered a head injury in the Ducks' Feb. 2 home game against the Kings, returned from an eight-game absence.

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