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Penner, Hiller lead the way in Ducks' 4-2 victory over Coyotes

Saturday, 11.23.2013 / 11:19 PM

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dustin Penner, Corey Perry and Sami Vatanen broke open a 1-1 game with three goals 8:43 apart in the second period, leading the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-2 win against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on Saturday night.

Penner finished with two goals and goalie Jonas Hiller made 42 saves to give the Ducks their second win in as many nights. Unlike the 1-0 overtime home win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday, there was plenty of offense on display against the Coyotes.

Phoenix has lost nine times (regulation and overtime) this season, and a third of them have come against the Ducks, who beat the Coyotes 3-2 in a shootout on Oct. 18 and again 5-2 on Nov. 6, both at Honda Center. Phoenix was 3-0-2 since.

"We knew it was going to be a tough building to play in," said Hiller, who set a personal career high for saves in a game. "We played a really solid road game. I was definitely excited to get the two points."

The Coyotes had a season-high 44 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday and matched it with 44 more Saturday, but lost both games. Hiller backed up his 31-save shutout against Tampa Bay with another strong effort, playing especially well during a 15-save first period.

"It’s definitely easier coming off a good game and finding your way right into it," he said. "I thought early on I had a few shots, so it was nice to be right into the game again. Everybody battled hard, guys were blocking shots. That’s what’s needed to win."

Mike Ribeiro and Shane Doan scored for the Coyotes, who lost in regulation at home for the first time this season (9-1-2). The Ducks are now the only team in the League without a home regulation loss (9-0-2). Doan added an assist, extending his point streak to eight games.

Coyotes goalie Mike Smith made 18 saves, including one on a penalty shot by Anaheim's Emerson Etem in the second period, before being replaced by Thomas Griess for the third.

Phoenix not only lost the game, it lost its leading scorer. Martin Hanzal, who had produced 19 points in the first 22 games, left the game in the first period with a lower-body injury.

The injury-riddled Ducks, who lost defenseman Luca Sbisa for 6-8 weeks with a tendon tear in his right hand and goalie Viktor Fasth for 3-4 weeks with a lower-body injury on Friday, lost defenseman Bryan Allen to a lower-body injury in the second period.

"Guys in that dressing room have a lot of character and they want to play every night," said Perry, who skated in his 600th career game. "We have a team where guys are battling for jobs. We have some injuries and guys are stepping up and playing a lot of big minutes. It’s a nice feeling knowing that the young guys can step in right away."

Though the Ducks have been battling injuries since the season started, they find themselves sitting atop the league standings.

"It’s a great feeling," Perry said, on being at the top of the standings. "This is where we want to be and this is what we’ve worked hard for. We took last year in stride and we kind of brought the same mentality into this year, and it’s been working for us."

The Ducks, who came into the game with three road power-play goals in 46 chances, scored on two of four chances Saturday. The first one helped turn around a slow start.

The Coyotes outshot the Ducks 8-0 in the first five minutes. Keith Yandle hit the crossbar early in the first period and Radim Vrbata caught a post later, but Phoenix came up empty on three power-play chances, while the Ducks made the most of their opportunity.

With Ribeiro in the penalty box for hooking, Penner got away from Phoenix forward Jeff Halpern, took a pass from Cam Fowler and put a wrist shot over Smith at 11:11 of the opening period.

After Smith stoned Etem on the penalty shot 4:55 into the second period, Ribeiro batted the rebound of a Derek Morris shot out of midair and by Hiller at 7:27 for his seventh goal. But Anaheim answered quickly and dominated the rest of the period.

Penner got his second of the night at 8:03, going in 2-on-1 with Ryan Getzlaf and beating Smith inside the right circle. It was Penner's sixth goal of the season and his 15th in 36 games against Phoenix.

Perry made it 3-1 at 11:01 He took a pass from Getzlaf, chipped the puck past Coyotes forward Antoine Vermette, cut to the middle of the ice around a helpless Michael Stone and whistled a wrist shot high to the glove side for his 13th goal.

Vatanen capped the run at 16:43 via the power play, taking a feed from Mathieu Perreault in the slot and scoring to give the Ducks a three-goal lead. It was the 10th goal allowed by the Phoenix penalty kill in the past 11 games.

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