Overtime is the wrong time, once again

RYAN GETZLAF scored his fifth goal of the season Sunday in the Ducks’ 4-3 overtime loss to Colorado (Flickr/Bridget Samuels photo).

This year’s edition of the Anaheim Ducks just doesn’t seem to like working overtime. With Sunday’s 4-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche at Honda Center, the Ducks have gone winless in their last five games, and three of those defeats were in overtime or by shootouts.

However, an overtime loss in the NHL gives you one point, so the Ducks (8-9-5) remain in fourth place in the Pacific Division with 21 points.

On Sunday, the Ducks led 1-0 and 3-1 before being deadlocked in the third period. The Avalanche scored with 1.3 seconds left in overtime on Mikko Rantanen’s goal to send the home team down to defeat.

“I thought we skated much better,” goalie Ryan Miller said. “We were in control of the play a little bit tonight. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the penalty kills we needed. It’s frustrating.” He was filling in for John Gibson, who is down with the flu. Miller had 38 saves in goal.

The Ducks got goals from Brandon Montour, Ryan Getzlaf and Ondrej Kase. They were hampered by injuries and penalties in the contest and have four rookie defensemen.

Next up for the Anaheimers will be on Wednesday, hosting the Vancouver Canucks (10-10-2), who are one point ahead of the Ducks in the Pacific Division.


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