Rantanen lifts Avalanche over Ducks 4-3 with 1.3 left in OT
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mikko Rantanen’s power-play slap shot with 1.3 seconds on the clock in overtime gave the Colorado Avalanche a 4-3 victory Sunday over the slumping Anaheim Ducks.
Rantanen also had two assists for the Avalanche, who overcame a 3-1 deficit to hand the Ducks their 12th loss in 15 games. Nathan MacKinnon added a goal and two assists, and Philipp Grubauer stopped 30 shots for Colorado. Sven Andrighetto and Gabriel Landeskog scored the other Avalanche goals.
Brandon Montour, Ryan Getzlaf and Ondrej Kase scored for Anaheim. Ryan Miller made 38 saves.
Landeskog tied it 3-all at 11:20 of the third period, taking a nice feed from behind the net.
The Ducks led 3-2 after a high-scoring second period.
Colorado tied it at 1 when Andrighetto got a pass from Patrick Nemeth and slipped the puck past Miller.
Anaheim regained the lead with a power-play goal a minute later as Getzlaf fired a slap shot from long range that beat Grubauer up high. The Ducks made it 3-1 when Montour came down the right side and sent a wrist shot that Kase deflected in for his first goal of the season.
Just 4:34 into the second period, Montour had a career-high three points (one goal, two assists).
The Avs pulled back within one on a power-play goal of their own as MacKinnon put in a rebound for his 13th of the season.
The Ducks opened the scoring 4:45 into the first on Montour’s goal. Pontus Aberg fired a shot from 40 feet out and the rebound came to Montour. He took the puck in stride, skated behind the net and slipped in a wraparound past Grubauer.
It was just the fourth time in their last 15 games that the Ducks scored first.
Avalanche: At the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night.
Ducks: Host the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night.
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