DENVER (AP) - The reeling Anaheim Ducks needed something to stop their slide. A record-setting second period did the trick.
The teams combined for nine goals in the second.
“I wasn’t anticipating that,” Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said. “When you’re struggling and you get a win it’s just like a monkey off your back and you start relaxing and start playing better.”
Jonas Hiller made 34 saves two nights after giving up three goals on five shots before being pulled.
The Ducks stayed tied with San Jose in the Pacific Division. The Sharks beat the New York Islanders on Friday. Both teams have 95 points, but the Ducks have played one fewer game.
Anaheim came to Denver on the heels of a 7-2 defeat at Calgary, its worst since losing by five goals to Colorado on opening night. The Ducks stopped the slide with a franchise record for goals in a period.
“I think it was just desperation,” Winnik said. “We haven’t been playing very good hockey and we’ve been down after every first period. I think we are finally just sick and tired of chasing the third period.
Five goals were scored in a span of 8:45 against goalie Semyon Varlamov, who left after Lovejoy’s shot bounced off the backboards and went in off his right leg to make it 5-2 at 11:31.
“It was one of those things we felt the ball start to roll and just kept on going with it,” Palmieri said.
The Avalanche played four of the top five teams in the Western Conference on this homestand and moved into second place, one point ahead of Chicago, which lost at home to Nashville on Friday night.