ANAHEIM, Calif. -- There is a new problem that opponents of the continually soaring Anaheim Ducks have to worry about. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry are back on the same page and ready to take the reins of a budding juggernaut.
The two combined on three goals Sunday night, including Perry's second of the evening with 45.4 seconds left in overtime that lifted the Ducks to a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche at Honda Center for their sixth consecutive triumph.
Much like he did in the second period to trigger yet another comeback, Perry got in front of ex-teammate and Avalanche goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere to finish a cross-ice pass from Getzlaf for a power-play goal and the Ducks' 10th victory in 11 games.
"I try to find an opening and he finds me," Perry said. "Hopefully they go in the net. Hopefully it continues."
The Ducks (13-2-1) are right behind Chicago for the NHL lead in points and they've managed to rally from deficits in all six of their wins during their current streak. Getzlaf and Perry are now playing lead roles after their teammates carried them through their early struggles.
Perry has four goals in his past four games after going 11 without one. Getzlaf has three goals and five assists in his last five games, including the tying score at 8:49 of the third period for the Ducks' third power-play goal of the night.
"It's going good," Getzlaf said. "We're playing better together now. I went through the same thing he was at the start of the year. It's hard. You squeeze your stick a little bit and shoot a little too much.
"We're starting to play together a little bit more and that's a byproduct of it."
Last season, Getzlaf suffered through the worst of his seven-year NHL career with just 11 goals and 57 points -- a far cry from his 25 goals and 91 points in 2008-09 when it appeared he was on the brink of superstardom.
When asked by a reporter if he is more active this season, the Ducks' captain immediately chimed, "Back to normal?"
"It's just one of those things," Getzlaf said. "Last year, I've said numerous times (that) I struggled with many different things last season. I'm just happy to be feeling good again and playing hockey.
"I'm enjoying myself, enjoying my teammates and we're having success."
The Ducks again spotted their opponent an early lead after a ragged first period for the third consecutive game. Cody McLeod deflected in Matt Hunwick's point shot and P.A. Parenteau banged a rebound past goalie Jonas Hiller for a 2-0 lead.
But the rested Ducks, working for the first time in six days and blistered by Coach Bruce Boudreau during the first-period intermission, found their way back as usual.
Perry scored for the third time in four games when Getzlaf hit him with a perfect pass in front at 6:59 of the second. Teemu Selanne then tied it with his 250th career power-play goal just 2:25 later.
"We started competing better," Boudreau said. "We were shooting the puck, getting it deep and staying out of the penalty box. Those are four key ingredients if you want to be successful."
Selanne moved him into third place on that all-time list behind Dave Andreychuk and Brett Hull but the Avalanche re-took the lead on John Mitchell's goal that Hiller would want back. Hiller did keep the Ducks in it early with several big stops among his 20 saves.
Getzlaf tied the game in the third period as the Ducks captain pounced on a loose puck that sat in the crease behind Giguere after he made a save on a point shot by Francois Beauchemin. Beauchemin had a career-high four assists.
Selanne speculated on a pretty strong reason why Getzlaf appears to be a different player this season.
"Is this the last year of his contract?" Selanne asked with a big smile, referring to his teammate's status as a potential unrestricted free agent. "Did I really say that?"
Turning more serious, Selanne sees a player competing at an elite level.
"Obviously everybody has bad seasons," he said. "I think that really bothered him last year. It was time to bounce back. I've always said he can be the best player in the league if he wants. And he needs to learn to play every night.
"He can be MVP of this league if he wants. The way he plays right now, it's unbelievable. But don't tell him."
BURKE LOOKS AHEAD
Brian Burke was back at the place where he hoisted the Stanley Cup nearly six years ago as the Ducks' general manager but the tough-talking executive is happy to play a supporting role as a part-time pro scout for the club.
It is a comfortable landing spot for Burke, who was fired by Toronto as president and GM before the lockout-shortened season started last month. He made clear who is in charge while he waits for potential GM openings.
"It's a familiar feeling to walk back in the building," Burke said. "I have a lot of respect for Bob Murray. I do. I think he's a real good hockey guy and we've worked together. Worked in Vancouver, worked here.
"I think he's an excellent GM. I hope my experience can help him at some points. It's nice to be back."
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