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Anaheim 5, Phoenix 2

Sunday, 03.12.2006 / 12:00 AM / 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 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 62 40 18 4 192 153 84
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 LAK 61 29 20 12 164 157 70
9 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 60 19 40 10 59
C. Perry 48 26 17 13 43
R. Kesler 63 16 23 -2 39
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
P. Maroon 55 7 21 -4 28
H. Lindholm 60 6 22 17 28
J. Silfverberg 62 9 18 7 27
C. Fowler 62 5 21 -2 26
R. Rakell 52 5 19 4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 29 8 5 .916 2.37
J. Gibson 7 5 0 .914 2.63


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