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Avalanche Vs. Ducks Recap: Avs Cruise To 4-2 Victory

The Colorado Avalanche jumped out to an early 3-0 lead over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night, and it would end up being a lead that they would not relinquish, defeating the Ducks 4-2. Colorado (21-18-1) moved to within five points of the Minnesota Wild in the Western Conference's Northwest Division, while the lowly Ducks kept a firm hold on their spot as the second worst team in the entire NHL.

The scoring was started off by Milan Hejduk, who netted his tenth goal of the season with just over six and a half minutes gone in the first period on an assist from Ryan O'Reilly. In the second period, Colorado's Kyle Quincy and Chuck Kobasew each scored their fourth goals of the season, with Kobasew's putting the Avs up 3-0. The Ducks would add a goal late in the period to go into the second intermission down two goals, but Milan Hejduk scored a power play goal less than two minutes into the third period to extend Colorado's lead back to three.

The Avs are off on Sunday, and will resume play in 2012 on Monday Jan. 2 on the road vs. the Los Angeles Kings.

For more coverage, visit our Avalanche blog Mile High Hockey and our Ducks blog Anaheim Calling.