Firstly, I'd like to add that my "Numbers for Nerds" section in the GameThread highlighted the number 6. Yeah...6 is an important number in this game. (Previously in the Calgary GameThread, I brought up Calgary's shorthanded goal hatty...and Calgary ended up scoring 2 shorties on the Ducks.) There must be something to my Numbers for Nerds section....)

First Period Recap: After the sh** show Wednesday night, the Ducks were out for blood and redemption. Ducks went through a hard practice and had two days of soul searching. And so that's how they began the game.The opening period was completely a 180 turn from Wednesday night. Though the Avs won the opening face-off, the Ducks were quick to take possession of the puck as they came out on Semyon Varlamov in waves.

The first good opportunity came off a 2-on-2 with Jakob Silfverberg skating ahead with Matt Beleskey by his side. But at the last minute, Silfverberg lost his handle and couldn’t get either a good shot on goal or a good pass to Beleskey.

The Ducks kept up the pressure early on as they forced neutral zone turnovers and prevented the Avs from entering the offensive zone. The aggressive Palmaroonino (thanks Jen Neale for that line's name, and the videos below and for just being awesome in general) forced Varlamov to make a couple of key saves early on as they battled down low and looked for an open man in front of the net. This line's forecheck kept the puck in and wore down Colorado's defense. While Luca Sbisa faked a shot from the blue line and skated around the defender for better positioning, Kyle Palmieri and Nick Bonino both set screens in front of Varmalov. Despite the traffic, the Colorado goaltender was more than up to the task as he not only blocked the blast but also gloved any hope of a second chance. The Ducks kept up a speedy and snarling forecheck--as the retreating Avs went five minutes without a shot on goal.

A little more than eight minutes in, Brad Malone gave Colorado their first penalty kill when he was called for hooking a surging Mathieu Perrault. It's been a while since the Ducks had a decent power play. Tonight's first PP was decent, which is saying a lot. Bonino did not hesitate to shoot pucks, as he looked to capitalize on any loose rebounds. Teemu Selanne probably had one of the best chances from the front of the net but Jan Hejda barely got to him in time. Despite the pitiful state of the extra man unit, the good thing that the Ducks were doing tonight, as opposed to other nights, was creating traffic in front of the Colorado goaltender. Maroon did exactly that to prevent things from being too easy for Varlamov.

So the shot count was 13-2 in favor of the Ducks by the 8:41 mark, But in hockey, you only need one lucky bounce or great shot or whatever to pull ahead. Defying the shot count, the Avs made their fourth shot count when John Mitchell beat Jonas Hiller over the glove after receiving a wide open pass from Gabriel Landeskog off the boards.

Deja vu...it's beginning to look a lot like that season opener against this very team...Ducks have the forecheck advantage but the Avs are first to spill blood. The goal definitely took the early momentum from the Ducks as the Avs began to push back.

Hampus Lindholm's hook on Nathan MacKinnon tested the Ducks' PK skills. The Avs have a pretty high efficiency rate with PP's because of the way they cycle the puck up high to the corner to draw the defense from the front of the net.