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 x - ANA 77 48 22 7 225 215 103
2 x - NSH 76 47 21 8 218 183 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
5 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
9 CGY 75 40 28 7 219 199 87
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 75 37 30 8 210 212 82
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 74 24 44 14 68
C. Perry 62 32 20 16 52
R. Kesler 77 19 27 -4 46
S. Vatanen 62 12 25 6 37
J. Silfverberg 76 12 23 12 35
P. Maroon 68 9 25 -3 34
C. Fowler 75 7 27 5 34
J. Wisniewski 65 8 25 -14 33
H. Lindholm 73 7 26 22 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 33 11 5 .914 2.40
J. Gibson 12 7 0 .914 2.65


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