From now on, every time the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim pull their goaltender for an extra attacker in the last minute, the Colorado Avalanche will have to think twice.
It happened for the second time this season Sunday night - and for the second time the Ducks rallied to tie."Anytime they go on the power play, they're going to be a threat because of (Teemu) Selanne and (Paul) Kariya," Colorado goaltender Craig Billington said after the 1-1 tie in Anaheim. "We made some super plays defensively, but unfortunately they beat the clock and found a way to throw it at the net. Then it gets to be a scramble in front."
The Ducks were losing 1-0 when a penalty call against the Avalanche gave them a power play. They then pulled Guy Hebert, and Roman Oksiuta scored the tying goal with 1.4 seconds left.
Colorado coach Marc Crawford was livid because he felt the Anaheim Arena timekeeper stopped the clock before referee Paul Devorski blew his whistle on the tripping penalty to Keith Jones with 1:45 left in regulation, giving the Ducks four extra seconds on the game clock.
The Avalanche had held a 1-0 lead since 12:59 of the second period on a goal by Joe Sakic that needed TV replays to confirm.
The Ducks, who scored four straight goals in the third period at Colorado against Patrick Roy on Oct. 10 to pull out a 6-6 tie, took 29 shots at Billington before they finally scored.
Blackhawks 4, Oilers 2
In Chicago, Tony Amonte, Denis Savard and Eric Daze each scored power-play goals to lift the Blackhawks over Edmonton.
Alexei Zhamnov scored the fourth goal for the Blackhawks, who entered the game ranked 22nd in the league in power-play conversions.
Blues 6, Stars 3
In St. Louis, Brett Hull scored twice and rookie Harry York got his third goal in three games as the Blues ended a four-game losing streak.
Fellow rookie Jim Campbell also scored for the Blues, whose goal total was a season high.
Canadiens 4, Coyotes 4
Vincent Damphousse deflected a slap shot by Stephane Quintal with 9:24 left in the third period, lifting visiting Montreal into a tie with Phoenix.
It was the second straight overtime game in as many NHL starts for 20-year-old Montreal goaltender Jose Theodore, who stopped 46 shots as the Coyotes outshot the Canadiens 50-31.