Ducks top Avalanche, end three-game losing streak
- Ryan Miller made 35 saves, and the Anaheim Ducks ended a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Saturday.
“They’ve got a lot of weapons,” Miller said of the Avalanche. “I thought our guys did a great job of doing what they needed to do against this team. They’re going to get some chances, but I had the guys around me. I thought we all did a good job.”
- Five forwards scored, and defenseman Hampus Lindholm had three assists for the Ducks (7-5-0).
“I liked scoring four goals on their goalie (Pavel Francouz), I really thought we were due for that,” Anaheim coach Dallas Eakins said. “[Ryan Getzlaf] and I were talking this afternoon saying, ‘We’re due for a game where we score four or five goals.’ There’s too many games in a row where you get chances and they don’t go in.”
- Nathan MacKinnon scored to extend his point streak to 11 games, and Francouz made 22 saves for the Avalanche (8-2-1), who had won 10 straight regular-season home games dating to last season.
“After such a complete game against [the] Vegas [Golden Knights] in their building (6-1 win Friday), I don’t know if we just expected that it was going to happen if we just showed up tonight,” Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog said. “Clearly, that was not the case. It’s unfortunate that in a homecoming after a really good trip (4-1-1) that we showed up like this.”
- MacKinnon’s season-opening point streak is the fifth longest in Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques history behind Mats Sundin (30 games in 1992-93), Peter Stastny (16 games in 1987-88), Michel Goulet (14 games in 1985-86), and Joe Sakic (12 games in 1988-89). …
- Defenseman Erik Gudbranson had two shots on goal, two hits and a plus-2 rating in a Ducks-high 22:24 of ice time in his Anaheim debut after being acquired in a trade from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday.
Sources & Credits: Rick Sadowski / NHL.com, Anaheim Ducks, Colorado Avalanche