Tyson Barrie had a tiebreaking goal late in the third period, Gabriel Landeskog and Nikita Zadorov also scored and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Ducks 3-1 on Friday night.
Jonathan Bernier had 17 saves against his former team and Mikko Rantanen and Sven Andrighetto had two assists each for the Avalanche. Colorado (4-1) is off to its best start after five games since 2013-14.
The news was not all good for Colorado. Nathan MacKinnon left the game with a right eye injury in the first period. MacKinnon was hurt when Anaheim’s Derek Grant got his stick under MacKinnon’s visor at 13:52 of the period. MacKinnon was on the ice for a while and was helped off by a trainer.
The Avalanche are already without Tyson Jost due to a knee injury.
Brandon Montour had a goal and Reto Berra had 19 saves in relief of John Gibson, who left after the first period with 17 saves.
Barrie got the winner on Colorado’s eighth power play of the game when his slap shot from the point beat Berra at 14:21.
Colorado was dominant with and without MacKinnon. The Avalanche outshot the Ducks 18-4 in the first period and continued to control the play in the second, but managed just one goal in six power-play chances.
Cam Fowler took a penalty when he slashed Andrighetto on a breakaway 38 seconds into the third, but the Ducks were the ones to capitalize when Montour beat Bernier with a shot from the slot at 2:14.
Landeskog gave Colorado a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 11:58 of the first period.
Colorado thought it had two more goals but both were waved off for goaltender interference. The first happened when Matt Nieto appeared to score at 2:02 of the second, and a replay review upheld an interference call on the ice.
The second one came midway through the third when rookie Alexander Kerfoot went to the net and obstructed Berra as a shot from the point went in.