DENVER -- Five months ago, the
Friday night, their future clouded again, they unleashed a team-record six-goal second period — three coming in one minute 53 seconds — to beat the
Two nights earlier, the Ducks gave up a season-worst seven goals at Calgary in their fourth consecutive loss. The
It was then that the Ducks (44-16-7) answered with a charge that center
"We're going to build," from the win, "for sure," Getzlaf said after contributing two assists. "It's all about building to the playoffs right now."
The Ducks' record-setting blitz began when forward
"It seemed to get everyone going," Winnik said. "It was desperation."
Colorado (43-19-5) briefly retook the lead in the nine-goal frame before Ducks forward
Palmieri scored again 47 seconds later, rebounding a Hampus Lindholm shot.
"We just felt the ball start to roll, and kept on going with it," Palmieri said.
Then, the Ducks' new first line addition of
The final indignity for Varlamov was from Ducks defenseman
"In between periods, Winnik said, 'Shoot something off the end boards because they're very lively,'" Lovejoy said. "Got a lucky bounce, my ninth-grade geometry class helped me tonight."
Colorado responded with two goals in a 33-second span of the final two minutes, the home crowd pleading for a Ducks' collapse.
Instead, Anaheim center
"Huge goal," Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "We kept saying, 'Shoot the puck!' It had eyes tonight."
The final 20 minutes were a penalty-filled deepening of the hard feelings left from the opener.
In October, Roy poured salt in the Ducks' blowout loss by yelling at Ducks on the ice and getting into it with Boudreau at the glass partition.
Friday, Winnik was slammed to the glass by Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog and Perreault's cross-checking of
"They paid the price to win the game," Boudreau said. "We talked a lot about Colorado for the last two days. We wanted to make up for that."