Ducks 6, Coyotes 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Teemu Selanne and Chris Pronger each netted a goal and two assists and Andy McDonald converted his first career penalty shot as the Ducks defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 6-2 on Friday at Honda Center.
The victory runs the Ducks' record to 10-0-4 in their first 14 games, the longest streak to begin an NHL campaign since the 1984 Edmonton Oilers started 12-0-3.
"The last couple of games we hadn't played very well," said Pronger. "We were still getting points and winning some games. But we realized we've got to get better as a team. We certainly made some steps tonight, but we can still play better."
Chris Kunitz got the Anaheim offense going at 17:03 of the first period with his sixth goal of the season. Kunitz knocked home a rebound of a Selanne shot seven seconds into the Ducks' second power play of the game.
In the second period, Anaheim would open up a 5-0 lead.
"I think after the first period we got things going, said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle. "The puck wasn't going our way in the first and we turned the puck over far too many times. Then the power play scored some good goals for us in the second."
Dustin Penner ripped a slap shot past Phoenix netminder Curtis Joseph to give Anaheim a 2-0 lead at 2:07 of the second period. The goal was Penner's fifth of the season.
Selanne gave Anaheim a 3-0 lead on the power play at 8:16 of the second. The veteran right wing fired a slapper past Joseph from the right face off dot for his 455th career tally.
Defenseman Sean O'Donnell put Anaheim up 4-0 at 14:13 of the second period. O'Donnell caught a pass at the point from Selanne and skated the puck all the way to the right face off dot firing a slap shot over the left shoulder of Joseph for his second goal of the year.
At 18:10 of the second period, McDonald was awarded a penalty shot after Joseph tossed his stick in an attempt thwart a scoring attempt. On the penalty shot, McDonald deked to his forehand and beat Joseph blocker side.
After a Patrick Fischer goal at 1:10 of the third period, Anaheim continued their success on the power play. Pronger fired his trademark slap shot from the point past the new Phoenix netminder David LeNeveu at 4:20 of the third period to give the Ducks a 6-1 lead.
Phoenix got one more back at 10:39 as Mike Comrie knocked in a rebound for his fourth goal of the season.
"We did lots of good things out there tonight," said Selanne. "But they didn't play their best, either. But that's what it takes. Power play was good, PK was good, every line was pretty solid. We can always be better, but we've got to be happy with this."
Anaheim finishes this brief three game homestand on Monday against the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7:05 p.m.
NOTES: Anaheim now leads the entire NHL with 24 standings points...With McDonald's successful penalty shot, the Ducks are now 8-for-16 all time in franchise history...The Ducks have now scored 701 power play goals in franchise history after a three-goal effort tonight...Penner is now tied for second place in rookie goal scoring with five tallies.
20:00 - END OF GAME
17:45 - ANA PENALTY - Shawn Thornton gets a minor for slashing.
16:12 - PHX PENALTY - Nick Boynton goes off for hooking.
10:39 - PHOENIX GOAL - MIKE COMRIE (4). The goal is on the rebound after two Bryzgalov saves. Assists go to Owen Nolan and Oleg Saprykin.
8:22 - PHX PENALTY - Oleg Saprykin is called for elbowing. Anaheim is 3-for-5 on the power play in the game.
4:20 - ANAHEIM GOAL - POWER PLAY - CHRIS PRONGER (3). Pronger rips a slap shot from the point for his third goal of the season. It is the Ducks' third power play goal of the game from Ryan Getzlaf and Chris Kunitz.
3:31 - PHX PEN - Derek Morris gets the gate for hooking. Anaheim is 2-for-4 on the power play tonight.
1:10 - PHOENIX GOAL - PATRICK FISCHER (2). Fischer beats Bryzgalov after a turn over low in the Anaheim end. The lone assist to Fredrik Sjostrom.
0:00 - 3rd period is under way at Honda Center. David LeNeveu takes over in the Phoenix net.
20:00 - END OF 2ND PERIOD - SHOTS ON GOAL AFTER TWO PERIODS - ANA 21, PHX 19
18:10 - ANAHEIM GOAL - PENALTY SHOT - ANDY MCDONALD (5). McDonald is awarded a penalty shot after Joseph threw his stick to attempt to thwart a scoring attempt. On the penalty shot, McDonald got a shot past the blocker of Joseph after a deke to his forehand. The penalty shot was McDonald's first of his career and the Ducks' first of the season. Anaheim is now 8-for-16 in club history.
17:24 - PHX PEN - Mike Comrie gets called for tripping to negate the Phoenix power play.
16:49 - ANA PEN - Shawn Thornton goes off for cross checking. Phoenix is 0-for-3 on the power play tonight.
14:13 - ANAHEIM GOAL - SEAN O'DONNELL (2). O'Donnell gets a pass at his right point position from Teemu Selanne, skates all the way into the right face off dot and rifles a slap shot over Joseph's shoulder for the goal. Assists go to Selanne and Chris Pronger.
8:16 - ANAHEIM GOAL - POWER PLAY - TEEMU SELANNE (3). Selanne rips a slap shot through Joseph from the right face off circle on the power play to give the Ducks a 3-0 lead. The lone assist goes to Scott Niedermayer.
7:42 - PHX PEN - Jeremy Roenick takes exception to a hard open ice hit by Francois Beauchemin on Oleg Saprykin. Roenick gets a roughing minor. Anaheim is 1-for-3 on the power play tonight.
2:50 - ANA PEN - Shane O'Brien goes off for cross checking. Phoenix is 0-for-2 on the power play tonight.
2:07 - ANAHEIM GOAL - DUSTIN PENNER (6). Penner takes the puck down the right wing and fires a hard slap shot high over Joseph's shoulder. The goal is Penner from Todd Marchant and Sean O'Donnell.
0:00 - 2nd period play is under way.
20:00 - END OF 1ST PERIOD - SHOTS ON GOAL: ANA 7, PHX 8
17:03 - ANAHEIM GOAL - POWER PLAY - CHRIS KUNITZ (6). The Ducks take all of seven seconds to convert on their second power play. Teemu Selanne gets a shot on Curtis Joseph and the rebound deflects to the goaltender's right. Kunitz buries the puck into the open net. The assists go to Selanne and Chris Pronger.
16:55 - PHX PEN - Derek Morris goes off for interference. The Ducks are 0-for-1 on the power play thus far.
11:56 - ANA PEN - Francois Beauchemin is whistled for hooking. Phoenix is 0-for-1 on the power play.
6:24 - PHX PEN - Ed Jovanovski is called for tripping to negate Phoenix's first power play. Anaheim will have 36 seconds of power play after 4-on-4 hockey. Anaheim has the 7th ranked power play in the league at 20.6%. Phoenix is killing at a 76.4% rate - 29th in the NHL.
5:47 - ANA PEN - Shawn Thornton is called for slashing. Phoenix's power play is 27th in the NHL at 10.5%. The Ducks are killing at a 87.5% clip (T-5th NHL)
0:00 - First period is under way.
Starting Goaltenders: ANA 30 Ilya Bryzgalov, PHX 31 Curtis Joseph
Scratches: ANA - 18 D Ian Moran, 24 LW Stanislav Chistov, 39 C Travis Green; 19 RW Shane Doan, 24 LW Josh Gratton
The Ducks battle Pacific Division rival Phoenix tonight at 7:05 p.m. at Honda Center.
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This is the second meeting of the season between the Ducks and Coyotes. Ilya Bryzgalov made 34 saves to lead Anaheim to a 2-1 victory over Phoenix on October 7th at Glendale Arena.
The Ducks are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Rangers on Wednesday at Honda Center. The loss was just the fourth of the season for Anaheim who has yet to lose a game in regulation (9-0-4). Anaheim sits atop the Pacific Division and the Western Conference with 22 points.
The Coyotes have not played since last Saturday when they dropped a 7-3 contest to the Rangers on home ice. Phoenix is 3-9-0 and currently stands last in the Western Conference.
Phoenix is led offensively by Mike Comrie (3-7=10), Ladislav Nagy (3-4=7) and Shane Doan (2-5=7).
After tonight's game, the Ducks wrap up this short three game homestand on Monday against the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7:05 p.m.
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