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Jean-Sebastien Giguere backs up his words, and NHL-worst Colorado beats Anaheim 4-1

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    Anaheim Ducks' Emerson Etem, top, and Colorado Avalanche's Greg Zanon collide as they go after the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, April 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)The Associated Press

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    Colorado Avalanche's John Mitchell, center, and P.A. Parenteau, left, celebrate Mitchell's goal against Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller, foreground, of Switzerland, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, April 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)The Associated Press

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    Colorado Avalanche's John Mitchell, left, scores against Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller, of Switzerland, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, April 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)The Associated Press

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    Anaheim Ducks' Francois Beauchemin, right, is checked by Colorado Avalanche's John Mitchell during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, April 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)The Associated Press

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    Colorado Avalanche's Cody McLeod, center, has the puck poked away by Anaheim Ducks' Ben Lovejoy, right, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, April 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)The Associated Press

Matt Duchene had a goal and an assist, and the NHL-worst Colorado Avalanche prevented Anaheim from clinching a playoff spot with a 4-1 victory over the Ducks on Wednesday night.

Two days after ripping his teammates' work ethic and focus, Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 21 saves in his first win in nearly two months for Colorado, which snapped a five-game skid.

The Avs responded to their veteran goalie's criticism with their most impressive victory in a month, scoring three goals in the second period of just their third road win all season to snap a 14-game winless streak away from Denver.

Teemu Selanne scored his 674th career goal for the weary Pacific Division leaders, who had won five of seven. Anaheim could have finalized its postseason plans, but Jonas Hiller stopped just 12 of 16 shots behind a porous Ducks defense.