Avalanche rally to defeat Ducks after 16-day break

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DENVER — Logan O’Connor scored with 1:11 left in the third period for the Colorado Avalanche, who rallied for a 4-2 win against the Anaheim Ducks at Ball Arena on Sunday.

Nathan MacKinnon passed across to O’Connor, who beat Ducks goalie John Gibson short side to break a 2-2 tie. Mikko Rantanen scored into an empty net with 32 seconds remaining for the 4-2 final.

Rantanen had a goal and two assists, MacKinnon had three assists, and Darcy Kuemper made 29 saves for Colorado (18-8-2), which hadn’t played since a 5-2 loss against the Nashville Predators on Dec. 16. The Avalanche have won nine straight at home.

Cam Fowler and Sam Carrick scored, Kevin Shattenkirk had two assists, and Gibson made 32 saves for Anaheim (17-11-7), which has gone 0-2-2 in its past four games.

The Ducks took a 1-0 lead on Carrick’s goal at 1:55 of the first period. Troy Terry passed to Kevin Shattenkirk for a shot and Carrick converted the rebound.

Fowler made it 2-0 at 3:22 of the second period, driving to the net after passing to Max Comtois. The Ducks forward took a shot from above the left faceoff circle and Fowler redirected it in on a power play.

The Avalanche cut it to 2-1 at 11:47 with a blocker side shot from Devon Toews from the top of the slot off a Rantanen drop pass on a power play.

Gabriel Landeskog tied 2-2 at 3:19 of the third period, putting in the rebound of MacKinnon’s shot on a power play.

The Ducks placed captain Ryan Getzlaf in NHL COVID-19 protocol before the game and activated Comtois from protocol.

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