The Anaheim Ducks got a balanced performance on defense and offense Thursday night to defeat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 in Denver. John Gibson made 33 saves in goal and four Ducks lit the red lamp in the win.
The victory kept the Ducks alone in first place in the NHL Pacific Division with 23-13-8 mark, good for 54 points. It was the Ducks’ second straight win and over the last 10 games, the Anaheim team has won six, lost one and had three overtime losses.
In the first period, Jakob Silfverberg and Rickard Rakell scored, getting their 13th and 17th goals of the year as Anaheim took a 2-1 lead. Ryan Kesler built that margin to 3-1 with his 17th goal at the 6:03 point of the second period. Corey Perry ended a long scoreless streak at 18:24 of the third with his eighth goal of the season.
Next up for the Ducks is a game Saturday in Phoenix against the Arizona Coyotes (12-22-6). The team will return to Honda Center on Sunday to host the St. Louis Blues.