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Colorado 4, Anaheim 2
When: 3:00 PM ET, Sunday, January 2, 2022
Where: Ball Arena, Denver, Colorado
Referees: Conor O'Donnell, Kyle Rehman
Linesmen: Julien Fournier, CJ Murray
Attendance: 17305

Mikko Rantanen had a goal and two assists while Logan O'Connor, Gabriel Landeskog and Devon Toews also scored, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-2 in Denver on Sunday.

Nathan MacKinnon had three assists and Darcy Kuemper stopped 29 shots for Colorado, which was playing for the first time since Dec. 16 due to a COVID-19 pause.

Cam Fowler and Sam Carrick scored goals, Kevin Shattenkirk had two assists and John Gibson made 32 saves for the Ducks, who lost their fourth straight.

Anaheim was without its captain, Ryan Getzlaf, who entered the NHL health and safety protocol before the game. Max Comtois was activated off the list after missing two games. He had missed 18 of the last 19 games due to injury and COVID-19.

The game was tied at 2-all when MacKinnon fed O'Connor on an odd-man rush, and he roofed a shot at 18:49 to put the Avalanche ahead. Gibson came off for an extra skater and Rantanen scored an empty-net goal.

The Ducks struck first when Shattenkirk sent a shot to the net that Kuemper saved. Carrick was there to knock it in between his pads at 1:55 of the first period. It was his eighth goal of the season.

It stayed that way until early in the second period. With Sam Girard in the penalty box for shooting the puck over the glass, Anaheim pressured Colorado on the power play. The Ducks finally broke through when Fowler skated down the slot and redirected a pass from Comtois off the post and in at 3:22. It was his fifth of the season.

The Avalanche responded on the power play later in the period. Rantanen had the puck above the circles and slid a pass to Toews as he entered the zone, and his slapshot beat Gibson high for his fifth marker of the season, making it 2-1 at 11:47.

Colorado tied it up early in the third with Anaheim short-handed. Gibson made a save on MacKinnon's slapshot from the left circle but Landeskog tapped in the rebound at 3:19. It was his 10th goal of the season.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Anaheim   Colorado
Kevin Shattenkirk 2 Points Mikko Rantanen 3
Sam Carrick 1 Goals Mikko Rantanen 1
Kevin Shattenkirk 2 Assists Nathan MacKinnon 3
Cam Fowler 1 Power Play Goals Gabriel Landeskog 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
John Gibson .914 Save Percentage Darcy Kuemper .935
John Gibson 32 Saves Darcy Kuemper 29
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Anaheim 31 2 1-2 3-5 12 25
Colorado 36 4 2-5 1-2 6 25
Upcoming Games
  • Colorado will play their next game on the road against Chicago. The Avalanche have a W/L % of .611 after a win and .700 after a loss.
  • Anaheim will play their next game at home against Philadelphia. The Ducks have a W/L % of .611 after a win and .353 after a loss.