Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Ducks Score Four Unanswered to Take Down Avs 5-2 in Denver

Though half the roster was back at home in Anaheim, the Ducks brought plenty of scoring with them to Denver in a 5-2 split squad victory over the Avalanche.
Anaheim played split squad preseason games for the first time in franchise history, with half the roster taking on the Avalanche at Honda Center while the other half faced the Avs just over 1,000 miles away at Pepsi Center in Denver (in a game that started an hour prior to the home tilt).

Back in Anaheim, the Ducks got an early Dany Heatley goal and a Frederik Andersen shutout in downing the Avs 4-0.

Veteran Brad Winchester had a pair of goals as the Ducks scored four unanswered in the third period to roll to a 5-2 victory.

The 33-year-old Winchester, who played 19 games with the Ducks during the 2010-11 season, is in camp on a pro tryout basis and gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead 6:11 into the first in Denver when he buried a rebound off a shot from Brandon Yip (also getting a pro tryout in this camp).

After the Avs bounced back with a pair of goals, Winchester tied the game 2:39 into the third with assists from youngsters Max Friberg and Louis Leblanc.

Andrew Cogliano gave Anaheim the lead halfway through the period, wristing home a shot off a Mark Fistric helper. Patrick Maroon made it 4-2 Ducks when he scored from in deep with 8:25 left, and Jakob Silfverberg polished it off with a late emptynetter.

Jason LaBarbera and Igor Bobkov split time in net for the Ducks in Denver, with LaBarbera saving 19 of 21 Colorado shots and Bobkov stopping the only five shots he faced.

The Ducks will be back in action tomorrow evening (this time just playing one game for the night) against the Arizona Coyotes at Honda Center.

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