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Ducks score 6 goals in 2nd period, top Avs 6-4

By: The Associated Press
March 14, 2014 Updated: March 14, 2014 at 10:56 pm
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Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov, front, of Russia, passes the team box of the Anaheim Ducks as he is pulled after giving up five goals in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Denver on Friday, March 14, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER — Kyle Palmieri scored two goals in 47 seconds, and the Anaheim Ducks netted six in the second period to beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-4 on Friday night.

Corey Perry, Daniel Winnik and Ben Lovejoy also scored for the Ducks, who stopped a four-game skid with their biggest offensive output since they scored nine goals against Vancouver on Jan. 1.

Jonas Hiller made 34 saves two nights after giving up three goals on five shots before being pulled.

Jamie McGinn scored two goals, and John Mitchell and Gabe Landeskog added goals for Colorado, which finished 2-2 on its homestand.

The Ducks stayed tied with San Jose in the Pacific Division. The Sharks beat the New York Islanders on Friday. Both teams have 95 points, but the Ducks have played one fewer game.

Anaheim came to Denver on the heels of a 7-2 defeat at Calgary, its worst since losing by five goals to Colorado on opening night. The Ducks stopped the slide with a franchise record for goals in a period,

Five were scored in a span of 8:45 against goalie Semyon Varlamov, who left after Lovejoy's shot bounced off the backboards and went in off his right leg to make it 5-2 at 11:31.

Palmieri had given Anaheim a 3-2 lead with his 10th and 11th goals less than a minute apart. Perry scored his 36th just 1:06 later, and Lovejoy followed with his fourth.

The Avalanche played four of the top five teams in the Western Conference and moved into second place, one point ahead of Chicago, which lost at home to Nashville on Friday night.

Mitchell, who signed a three-year extension a few hours before the game, gave Colorado a 1-0 lead at 12:25 of the first period. Winnik tied it early in the second.

McGinn gave the Avalanche a 2-1 lead before the Ducks broke out their offense.

McGinn and Landeskog scored 38 seconds apart late in the second to cut the deficit to 5-4, but Anaheim's Mathieu Perreault made it 6-4 with a redirection past goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere 30 seconds later.

Tempers flared after Nathan MacKinnon had a goal disallowed because of a high stick. Avalanche enforcer Patrick Bordeleau reached across the partition between the benches to push Anaheim's Patrick Maroon.

Both players were ejected.

It was reminiscent of opening night when Colorado coach Patrick Roy took exception to a hit on MacKinnon late in the Avalanche's 6-1 win. He slammed the glass between the benches while shouting at Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau.

Roy was fined $10,000 by the NHL for his actions.

NOTES: The Avalanche signed Mitchell to a three-year extension and G Reto Berra to a three-year contract. Both deals run through the 2016-17 season. ... Lovejoy returned to the lineup after missing Wednesday's game with the flu. ... Colorado C Paul Stastny missed his third straight game because of a back injury. He is day-to-day. ... Anaheim D Cam Fowler sustained a lower-body injury in the second period and didn't return.

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