Ducks fall under the Avalanche, 3-1

ANAHEIM – Monday, the Ducks and the Avalanche connected in Colorado. The Ducks were playing without dependable left-wing Andrew Cogliano for the first time since he arrived in Anaheim in the summer of 2011. Penalties were the tale of the tape in a 3-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Monday. The Ducks committed six penalties in the loss, their second defeat against the Avalanche this season.

Ducks 4, Aves 2.

After Oddrj Kase scored the first goal of the game for the Ducks at 6:14, of the first period, Brandon Montour launched Kase into the centre ice zone where he saw Ryan Kesler breaking in on the left wing and drilled a wrister past LA Kings’ Jonathan Quick for the 2-0 goal.

A miscue by Quick behind his own net resulted in the 3-0 goal.

Gibson lost his shutout with 11:28 remaining when Nick Shore awkwardly struck Christian Folin’s pass and the puck fluttered into the net to make it 3-1. Kopitar scored with 6:14remaining to make it 3-2, and Perry scored an empty-net goal with 1:28 left for a 4-2 lead.

“We need points, simple as that,” Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. “Every game is very important against division foes and Western Conference foes. These are four-point games. We’re going to have to play a more consistent brand as we go forward. Hopefully we can do enough to give ourselves a chance.”

Carlyle is right. So many one goal losses after holding leads might just sound like bad luck, but in hockey, you make your own luck and the Ducks have not been doing so consistently.

It will be a very busy home-stand week for the Ducks beginning Wednesday when the Pittsburg Penguins pay a visit. Friday, Jan 19, it’s the LA Kings, and Sunday the Sharks are in town. The New York Rangers are next, on Tuesday, Jan 23, finishing the five-game homestead Thursday night against Winnipeg.

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