ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – Once the Anaheim Ducks wiped out a four-goal deficit, all the stress shifted to the visiting Winnipeg Jets.
Stephane Robidas scored 16 seconds into overtime, and the Ducks staged the biggest comeback in team history by rallying from four goals down to beat the Jets 5-4 on Monday night.
“You’re down 4-0 and you come back 4-4, now the pressure is on the other team because they gave up the lead,” Robidas said. “We just tried to play our game, and I got lucky and it went in.”
Andrew Cogliano and Luca Sbisa assisted on Robidas’ fifth goal of the season. Anaheim outshot the Jets 25-6 in the third period and outscored them 3-0 to force overtime.
Corey Perry tied it 4-4 with 22.7 seconds remaining in regulation, scoring his 39th goal after the Ducks pulled rookie goalie Frederik Andersen for an extra skater.
“If I’m going to the net and crashing around the blue paint, that’s where I’m effective,” Perry said. “If I’m not doing that, I’m not playing my game.”
Nick Bonino cut Anaheim’s deficit to 4-1 in the second period, and Ryan Getzlaf and Hampus Lindholm scored in the third to set up Perry’s heroics. Andersen (18-5) stopped 32 shots.
The Ducks (49-18-8) established a franchise record for most wins in a season.
“When you always believe you can win, you’re never out of the game,” Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said. “I think that was what happened. We were so vastly outplayed in the first 35 minutes of the game.
“When Nick Bonino scored and Freddie Andersen made the big save 20 seconds later, we thought if we could get another one, you never know.”
The Ducks never stopped attacking.
“We didn’t get a great start,” Perry said. “We said if we keep pushing and playing that style we established in the second half of the second period, no team can play with us. That’s the way we’ve got to keep playing.”
The Jets struggled to put into words what happened in their collapse.
“You’re just awfully disappointed because you liked so much of what you saw, and then to have it go away . . . it’s just frustrating,” Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said.
Teemu Selanne, who began his NHL career and scored 147 goals with the original Winnipeg Jets, played his final game against the new Jets franchise that relocated to Winnipeg from Atlanta in 2011. Selanne has scored 684 career goals.
Wild 3, Kings 2
In Los Angeles, Matt Moulson and Mikko Koivu scored 62 seconds apart in the third period, and Zach Parise connected on a power play for Minnesota, which rallied for a victory that snapped the Kings’ six-game winning streak.
Devils 6, Panthers 3
In Newark, New Jersey, Travis Zajac scored the first of his career-best three goals after just 12 seconds as the Devils held on for a win over Florida after nearly blowing a three-goal lead
Zajac opened the barrage against Dan Ellis and then netted his second midway through New Jersey’s three-goal first period. He completed his first NHL hat trick at 9:37 of the third.
Jaromir Jagr had a goal and three assists, and Ryane Clowe added a goal and two assists.
Senators 2, Hurricanes 1 SO
In Ottawa, Ales Hemsky scored the only goal of the shootout as the Senators edged Carolina.