ANAHEIM– On the eve of the NHL’s profession due date, the Ducks shed a 4-1 decision to the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday at Honda Center.
Not that the West Division-leading Avalanche needed any type of aid, yet the Ducks provided some with a first-period free gift that led to Andre Burakovsky’s goal that made it 1-0 only 7:15 right into the video game. An uncertain officiating decision after that led to a five-on-three for the Avalanche in the 2nd period.
With the Ducks’ Nicolas Deslauriers currently in the fine box for a genuine hooking fine, teammate Max Jones was whistled for stumbling, providing Colorado a two-man benefit that brought about Gabriel Landeskog’s power-play objective that made it 2-0 at 6:35 of the second.
Jones gestured in disgust at the replay revealed on the overhanging scoreboard. Deslauriers, seated alongside him in the box, just shook his head at the sight of Colorado’s Nazem Kadri hitting the ice as if he had been hit by a Zamboni. Neither giggled after Landeskog made it 2-0, though.
Jamie Drysdale finished Jonas Johansson’s 2nd consecutive shutout quote, racking up at 12:37 of the third period to cut the Ducks’ deficiency to 3-1. Ryan Graves restored the Avalanche’s two-goal lead by firing a shot that backfired off first Troy Terry and after that Ryan Getzlaf at 14:13.
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Nathan MacKinnon secured it with a goal that made it 4-1 at 16:54.