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The Ducks were 8-7-4-5 with 25 points after the first 24 games this season.
The Ducks moved within seven points of the Flames, who were eighth with 70 points before playing Phoenix on Sunday.
The Ducks, who won their past two games despite blowing a two-goal lead in each, couldn't pull it out this time.
Thanks to an already high brand recognition among Japanese consumers and the growing popularity of its duck campaign, Aflac insures one in four Japanese households, making it the third most profitable foreign company operating in any industry in Japan, the company said.
The Ducks had a chance to get some real distance between themselves and San Jose, taking a 2-1 lead 44 seconds into the third period on a rare goal by Shawn Thornton.
But considering the Ducks were up 3-0 halfway through the third period -- 3-1 with 3:14 left in the game on a rink they had only lost twice in regulation at coming in -- Friday's loss is easily the most vexing.
Given the way they played in the first period, on the way to a 2-0 lead, the Kings seemed on their way to an impressive victory over a Stanley Cup contender, but the Ducks slowly established control over the last two periods.
The Ducks must make a decision in goal, between veteran Jean-Sebastien Giguere and rookie Ilya Bryzgalov, but whichever way the Ducks lean, they will end up with a playoff-tested goalie.
This is not what we had in mind, but we have to deal with it,'' Ducks forward Joffrey Lupul said.
Ducks goalie Ilya Bryzgalov has something to do with the Avalanche's offensive slumber, but Colorado hasn't been trying to take the action to the Ducks.
Ducks center Rob Niedermayer provided some traffic in front, but the shot cleanly beat Kiprusoff.
The victory helped the Ducks (27-19-11) gain a point on Edmonton for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference after the Oilers 5-4 shootout loss to St.
CUMMINGS VALLEY - Wing shooters have many options if they want to extend bird-hunting seasons beyond the end of the general duck, goose, quail and chukar seasons that close Jan.