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The Ducks (36-17-10) and Sharks (38-23-1) play tonight in San Jose and again Friday in Anaheim. “You’ll hear a lot of GMs say after the deadline has passed that `I still believe in this group.’ I’ve been saying that for three weeks,” Burke said. “I think we’re in the doldrums a little bit right now, but I still believe in this group and what they can do.” In the end, the Ducks rewarded Burke’s faith in them, but not before squandering leads of 2-0 and 3-2 and taking three minor penalties in the game’s final 11 minutes. Niedermayer’s goal gave the Ducks a 4-3 lead at 16:37 of the final period, less than two minutes after Colorado’s Milan Hejduk tied it while the Ducks’ team captain was seated in the penalty box. Chris Pronger added a power-play goal at 17:25 for a 5-3 lead. • Photo Gallery: Ducks vs. Avalanche ANAHEIM – The Ducks, swapping inertia for momentum, earned a bounce-back victory Sunday night over the Colorado Avalanche as general manager Brian Burke worked the phones in search of a rent-a-veteran before Tuesday’s trade deadline. “You never want to take three penalties like that,” Niedermayer said. “It’s obviously unacceptable no matter what you thought of the calls. We needed this game because the standings are getting pretty tight.” Burke, meanwhile, kept his cell phone handy during the game. He said he is determined to stay involved in any and all negotiations. It’s believed he is in pursuit of a veteran forward who can bolster the Ducks’ scoring depth for the stretch drive. “You watch us play and you see what we need,” he said. The price for a veteran such as forward Bill Guerin of the St. Louis Blues certainly has risen after the Atlanta Thrashers sent center Glen Metropolit, a first-round draft pick in 2007, plus three other picks to the Blues to get Keith Tkachuk on Sunday. Asked how that trade might impact his attempts to swing a deal, Burke said, “There’s certainly been a spike, but I don’t know what it means. We’ve set an internal price, but it’s not going to change what we do, and we might do nothing. [email protected] (310) 540-4201 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Andy McDonald scored two goals and added an assist and Scott Niedermayer had a goal and two assists to lead the Ducks to a 5-3 victory over the Avalanche in front of a sellout crowd of 17,174 at Honda Center. The Pacific Division-leading Ducks ended their three-game losing streak and extended their lead over the second-place San Jose Sharks to five points.