DENVER -- Five months ago, the Ducks used their bitterness over a one-sided loss here to ignite a 15-2-1 streak.
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 Colorado Avalanche, 6-4, at Pepsi Center.
Two nights earlier, the Ducks gave up a season-worst seven goals at Calgary in their fourth consecutive loss. The San Jose Sharks won Friday to briefly take the Pacific Division lead.
It was then that the Ducks (44-16-7) answered with a charge that center Ryan Getzlaf said he hopes can help lift his team through the final 15 games of the regular season. The Ducks and Sharks each have 95 points.
“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 Daniel Winnik buried a shot past Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov, whose evening was about to get much worse.
“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 Kyle Palmieri took a Patrick Maroon pass and handled the puck perfectly to beat Varlamov.
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 Teemu Selanne paid a dividend, shifting a pass that Corey Perry converted into his team-high 36th goal and a 4-2 lead.
The final indignity for Varlamov was from Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy, a pass deflected off the boards behind the goalie that caromed off his rear end and slid into the goal for a 5-2 lead that forced Avalanche Coach Patrick Roy to summon ex-Duck Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
“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 Mathieu Perreault answered with a blast that beat Giguere.
“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 Erik Johnson resulted in Johnson shoving his stick to Perreault’s face for a five-minute major.
“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.”