In its matchup against arguably the hottest team in the NHL, the Colorado Avalanche dominated puck possession throughout the entire first period, yet they trail 1-0 against the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks entered this game having won seven of their last eight, with their last defeat being an overtime setback against the Calgary Flames.
Although it attempted 15 shots on goal in the opening period, Colorado failed to take advantage of two Power Play opportunities. The Avalanche repeatedly tested Anaheim goaltender Jonas Hiller, but were unable to sneak the puck past him.
Despite having only two shots on goal in the opening period, the Ducks were able to find a way to beat Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who solidified himself as a starting goaltender in the NHL during his time in Anaheim. Bobby Ryan scored the lone tally of the first period, scoring a shorthanded goal for the Ducks.
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