Robidas' OT lifts Ducks over Jets 5-4

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 1, 2014 at 1:27 am •  Published: April 1, 2014
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — 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 Anaheim 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 the Ducks' 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," Ducks 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.

Defenseman Mark Stuart echoed that sentiment in just as few words as Maurice.

"It's frustrating," he said. "There's not a whole lot to say right now. It's shock after a game like that."

Anaheim remained atop of the Pacific Division, three points ahead of idle San Jose with a game in hand. The Ducks trail Western Conference-leading St. Louis by one point.

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