Ducks use strong offensive game to take down Avalanche 3-1

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Objectives have actually been tough to come by for the Anaheim Ducks. Seeing the puck enter the net Sunday night supplied some much-needed relief.

Jakob Silfverberg and Rickard Rakell each scored his very first objective of the season and the Ducks hung on for a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

Hampus Lindholm included an empty-net objective for the Ducks, who had actually not scored more than 2 objectives in their very first 5 video games.

”Whenever gamers like that can get a point or score an objective, it is simply an enormous weight took off their shoulders. And they bring it since they care,” Ducks coach Dallas Eakins stated.

John Gibson supplied another strong start in web, making 32 conserves to enhance to 2-0-2 in his last 4 starts. However, it was indications of life on offense that had Anaheim buzzing to conclude a four-game homestand.

The Ducks leapt out to a lead in the very first 58 seconds. Silfverberg scored on a wrist shot through traffic off a faceoff win by Adam Henrique, providing Anaheim its very first lead in the very first duration this season.

Rakell made it 2-0 at 9:05 of the 2nd, beating Grubauer to the glove side off a focusing pass from Ryan Getzlaf. Eakins thinks putting Rakell, who has actually scored 33 objectives integrated the previous 2 seasons following successive 30-goal projects, along with the Ducks captain must assist the 27-year-old winger uncover his offense.

”Instead of Raks seeming the playmaker, he can want to let Ryan do that. Ryan’s been outstanding at that his entire profession, and Ricky can return in business of completing,” Eakins stated.

Mikko Rantanen scored in a career-best 5th straight video game, and Philipp Grubauer made 12 conserves for the Avalanche. Colorado had actually been balancing 3.4 objectives.

Rantanen broke through at 14:46 of the 3rd, scoring on a rebound. Lindholm scored with 1:40 staying.

Rantanen has 5 objectives and 2 helps in his last 5 video games.

”We certainly have not strike our stride,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar stated. ”I believe as a four-line group we still have some work to do, and a few of that is simply getting rewarded for some tough work. However I do not mind the reality we’re 3-3 after 6 video games. . It’s not a bad thing as long as we respond and play the way we can and work the way we can.”

SHUT ‘EM DOWN

Anaheim had to withstand plenty of pressure from Colorado’s dynamic top line and offensively-gifted defensemen, with Nathan MacKinnon striking both the post and crossbar, and Cale Makar hitting the crossbar in the first period. The Avalanche was 0 for 4 on the power play after scoring at least one goal in each of its first five video games, with MacKinnon drawing iron on special teams late in the very first.

MIX IT UP

J.T. Compher centered the Avalanche’s second line, while Nazem Kadri was demoted to the third line. 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 very first 5 video games, the only Colorado defenseman with a negative plus-minus rating.

BACK AT IT

Avalanche forward Andre Burakovsky returned after missing three video games because of an upper-body injury. He played 13:16 with a minus-1 ranking and took one shot.

UP NEXT

Avalanche: Host the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.

Ducks: Go To the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.