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Ducks use strong offensive game to take down Avalanche 3-2

Jakob Silfverberg and Rickard Rakell scored and the Anaheim Ducks held on for a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday night.

Hampus Lindholm added an empty-net goal for the Ducks, who had not scored more than two goals in their first five games. John Gibson made 32 saves and improved to 2-0-2 in his last four starts.

Mikko Rantanen scored in a career-best fifth straight game, and Philipp Grubauer made 12 saves for the Avalanche. Colorado had been averaging 3.4 goals.

Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson, right, makes a save behind Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. (AP PhotoAlex Gallardo)

The Ducks jumped out to a lead in the first 58 seconds. Silfverberg scored his first goal on a wrist shot through traffic off a faceoff win by Adam Henrique, giving Anaheim its first lead in the first period this season.

Rakell make it 2-0 at 9:05 of the second, beating Grubauer to the glove side off a centering pass from Ryan Getzlaf.

Rantanen broke through at 14:46 of the third, scoring on a rebound. Lindholm scored with 1:40 remaining.

Anaheim Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg (33) celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. (AP PhotoAlex Gallardo)

Rantanen has five goals and two assists in his last five games.

Avalanche forward Andre Burakovsky returned after missing three games because of a lower-body injury. He played 13:16 with a minus-1 rating and one shot.

MIX IT UP

J.T. Compher centered the Avalanche’s second line, while Nazem Kadri was demoted to the third line. Coach Jared Bednar had been critical of a lack of production from the Kadri-led second line throughout the four-game road trip, and his minus-2 performance in a 3-2 overtime win against the Ducks on Friday prompted Bednar to make a change. Swapping the centers wasn’t the only move Bednar made as Ryan Graves was a healthy scratch after posting a minus-5 through the first five games, the only Colorado defenseman with a negative plus-minus rating.

UP NEXT

Avalanche: Host the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.

Ducks: Visit the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night.

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