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Anaheim 5, Phoenix 2

Saturday, 03.11.2006 / 9:00 PM PT / News
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Anaheim 5, Phoenix 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Samuel Pahlsson, Jeff Friesen and Corey Perry scored third period goals to lead the Ducks over the Phoenix Coyotes 5-2 Sunday at the Arrowhead Pond.

With back-to-back weekend victories over Phoenix, the Ducks have moved into a tie with the Edmonton Oilers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 19 games remaining on the schedule.

“It was big for our hockey club,” said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle. “We got down early but we found a way to claw back into it. The one thing that this group has demonstrated all year is that we’re a pretty resilient group.”

The Ducks were held off the scoreboard for the better part of two periods with the Coyotes’ Oleg Kvasha (10, Saprykin, Sanderson) tallying at 17:52 of the first and Paul Mara (13, Jones, Nash) scoring at 7:04 of the second period to give Phoenix the 2-0 lead.

Joffrey Lupul (23, Selanne, Getzlaf) started the Ducks run of five unanswered goals with 53 seconds remaining in the second period.  The goal came on Anaheim’s fifth power play of the second period.

“We struggled a bit in the first, and in the second period I thought we were pretty good on our power play,” said Lupul.  “We had a lot of chances. We were playing really well in the middle of the second period and towards the end.

For the second-straight game, the Ducks line of Pahlsson, Rob Niedermayer and Jonathan Hedstrom ignited the Anaheim offense.  At 2:21 of the third period, Pahlsson (5, R. Niedermayer) took a 2-on-1 pass from Rob Niedermayer and buried his fifth goal of the season to even the contest, 2-2.

Just 27 seconds later, Friesen (4, R. Niedermayer, S. Niedermayer) – a trade deadline addition - scored the eventual game-winner at 2:48.  Friesen, in his second stint with the Ducks organization was added along with defenseman Sean O’Donnell on Thursday.

“It was a really good win,” said Friesen.  “We really stepped up in the third. It felt good to help contribute and it’s fun playing on this team.”

Perry (8, Kunitz, Getzlaf) scored his eighth of the season from a tough angle at the side of the net to beat Philippe Sauve at 13:30 of the third period.

Todd Marchant (9, Selanne, S. Niedermayer) sealed the victory with an empty goal at 19:10 of the third for his ninth off the season.

The Ducks now face a four-game road trip starting on Wednesday against the Detroit Red Wings.

“We have 19 games left and the next one is the most important one,” said Carlyle   “We’re going into a very difficult building to get points in Detroit, but we just have to stay with the game plan and continue to push forward.”

NOTES: Scott Niedermayer set a new club record for assists by a defenseman in a season with two in the contest to give him 41 on the season.  The record was previously held by Fredrik Olausson who had 40 in 1998-1999…The Ducks hosted their fourth sellout (17,174) of the season…Anaheim has recorded 153 shots on goal in their last four games averaging 38.25 shots per game…The Ducks next play at the Arrowhead Pond on Wednesday, March 22 against the Colorado Avalanche at 7:30 PM (order tickets).

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07
A. Khudobin 3 3 0 .909 2.70


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