Ducks 6, Coyotes 4
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Chris Kunitz netted his first career hat trick and Teemu Selanne added a career high five assists to lead the Ducks over the Phoenix Coyotes 6-4 on Sunday at Honda Center.
Linemate Andy McDonald chipped in with two goals and two assists for Anaheim who improved their record to 14-2-5 on the season.
"Tonight is probably the first night that (our line) really got it clicking," said Kunitz. "We've done it most nights, but sometimes the puck falls a little better on certain nights. Tonight was one of those nights."
The first line of Selanne, McDonald and Kunitz combined for five goals and eight assists in the contest.
"It was one of those nights where almost everything worked," said Selanne. "It's a confidence thing. This line has worked so well last year and this year. But I actually think we can't be that happy as a team. It wasn't that pretty. But it was good enough to win."
The victory gave Anaheim their eighth straight against the Coyotes, the most the franchise has ever had against one opponent.
Phoenix defenseman Ed Jovanovski (4, Nolan, Perreault) started the scoring with a power play goal at 3:09 of the first period. Jovanovski blasted a slap shot from the left point that got between the legs of Ducks netminder JS Giguere.
McDonald (7, Selanne, Pronger) answered with the first of his two first period goals on the power play at 7:53 of the first. Selanne slid a pass from behind Phoenix goaltender Curtis Joseph through the crease to McDonald who buried the puck into an open net to tie the game.
The speedy Ducks centerman got his second of the contest (8, Kunitz, Selanne) at 13:26 of the first period when he put home the rebound of a Kunitz shot to give Anaheim a 2-1 lead.
The Ducks opened the second period on the power play after Ladislav Nagy was issued a slashing minor at the 20:00 mark of the first period and Anaheim again capitalized with the man advantage.
Kunitz (11, Selanne, McDonald) scored his first of the game at 1:16 of the second period off a pass in front of the Phoenix net by Selanne.
Phoenix answered on the power play at 11:56 of the second period as Yanic Perreault (6, Jovanovski, Nagy) picked up a loose rebound behind Giguere and scored to cut the Anaheim lead to 3-2.
Kunitz (12, Selanne, McDonald) regained Anaheim's two goal advantage at 12:57 of the second period. The Anaheim winger beat Joseph with a shot from a tough angle along the goal line for his team-leading 12th goal of the season.
The Coyotes once again took advantage of a power play late in the second period as Georges Laraque (4, Jovanovski, Michalek) tipped a Jovanonski slap shot past Giguere at 19:24 to cut the Ducks' lead to 4-3 after two periods.
Phoenix tied the contest just 2:07 into the third period as Mike Zigomanis (3, Laraque, Saprykin) blasted a one-timer past Giguere for his third goal of the season.
Kunitz (12, Selanne, McDonald) broke the tie with his third goal of the game at 9:21 of the third period as he tipped a Selanne slap shot past Joseph.
Rob Niedermayer (2, Marchant, S. Niedermayer) added an empty netter with three seconds remaining in the game to seal the 6-4 victory for the Ducks.
"It was one of those games that wouldn't go down in the coach's diary of picture-perfect by any means," said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle. "But we found a way to get it done."
Anaheim closes out a five game homestand on Tuesday against the San Jose Sharks at 7:05 p.m. at Honda Center.FINAL - ANA 5, PHO 4
20:00 - END OF GAME - FINAL SHOTS ON GOAL - ANA 13-30, PHO 6-28
19:57 - ANAHEIM GOAL - EMPTY NET - ROB NIEDERMAYER (2). Assists go to Todd Marchant and Scott Niedermayer.
15:15 - PHO PEN - Dave Scatchard is issued a minor penalty for hooking. Anaheim is 2 for 4 on the power play.
9:21 - ANAHEIM GOAL - CHRIS KUNITZ (13). Kunitz gets the hat trick by deflecting a Teemu Selanne slap shot past Joseph. The assists go to Selanne and Chris Pronger. Selanne's assist gives him five in the game - a career high.
7:18 - PHO PEN - Dave Scatchard is called for holding. Anaheim is 2 for 3 on the power play.
2:07 - PHOENIX GOAL - MIKE ZIGOMANIS (3). George Laraque feeds Zigomanis from behind the net and the Phoenix center fires a one-timer past Giguere to tie the contest 4-4. The assists on the goal go to Laraque and Oleg Saprykin.
0:00 - The third period is under way at Honda Center.
20:00 - END OF 2ND PERIOD - SHOTS ON GOAL: ANA 7-17, PHO 9-22
19:24 - PHOENIX GOAL - POWER PLAY - GEORGES LARAQUE (4). Laraque tips home an Ed Jovanovski slap shot to cut the Anaheim lead to 4-3 on the power play. The assists go to Jovanovski and Zbynek Michalek.
19:19 - ANA PEN - Bench minor for too many men on the ice. Phoenix is 2 for 3 on the power play.
12:57 - ANAHEIM GOAL - CHRIS KUNITZ (12). Kunitz gets his second of the game on a shot from a tough angle to the left of Joseph. Assists on the goal go to Teemu Selanne and Andy McDonald.
11:56 - PHOENIX GOAL - POWER PLAY - YANIC PERREAULT (6). Ed Jovanovski's slap shot from the left face off circle trickles through the legs of JS Giguere and comes to a stop behind him. Perreault cleans up the rebound to cut the Anaheim lead to 3-2. Assists on the goal go to Jovanovski and Ladislav Nagy.
10:55 - ANA PEN - Joe DiPenta goes off for tripping. Phoenix goes on their third power play - they are 1 for 2.
7:10 - PHO PEN - Bench minor for too many men on the ice. Anaheim is 2 for 2 on the power play.
1:16 - ANAHEIM GOAL - POWER PLAY - CHRIS KUNITZ (11). Teemu Selanne carries the puck out of the right corner, stickhandles around Phoenix defenseman Zbynek Michalek and slides a backhand pass to Kunitz. Kunitz one-times the puck past Joseph for his team-leading 11th goal of the season. The assists on the goal go to Selanne and Andy McDonald.
0:00 - Start of 2nd period. Anaheim starts on the power play as Ladislav Nagy was issued a slashing penalty at the end of the 1st period. Anaheim is 1 for 1 on the power play.
20:00 - END OF 1ST PERIOD - SHOTS ON GOAL: ANA 10, PHO 13
20:00 - PHO PEN - Ladislav Nagy takes a slashing minor.
13:26 - ANAHEIM GOAL - ANDY MCDONALD (8). McDonald gets his second of the period by cleaning up the rebound of a Chris Kunitz backhand into another open net. The assists go to Kunitz and Teemu Selanne.
8:44 - ANA PEN - George Parros gets called for tripping. Phoenix goes on their second power play, they are 1 for 1 so far in the game.
7:53 - ANAHEIM GOAL - POWER PLAY - ANDY MCDONALD (7). Teemu Selanne carries the puck out of the left corner and gets a wrist shot on Curtis Joseph. The rebound sits by the near post behind Joseph and Selanne pokes it through the crease the McDonald who buries it in the open net. The assists on the goal go to Selanne and Chris Pronger.
7:34 - PHO PEN - Ed Jovanovski gets called for slashing Todd Marchant in front of the Coyotes net. Anaheim's first power play. The Ducks are operating at 20.4% with the man advantage (5th NHL) and Phoenix is killing at 76.6% (28th NHL).
3:09 - PHOENIX GOAL - POWER PLAY - ED JOVANOVSKI (4). Jovanovski beats JS Giguere five-hole with a slap shot from the left point on the power play. Assists are given to Owen Nolan and Yanic Perreault.
1:55 - ANA PEN - George Parros goes off for hooking. This is Phoenix's first power play. The Coyotes are operating at 10.1% on their power play (T-29th NHL) and the Ducks are killing at 87.3% (5th NHL).
0:00 - The Ducks and Coyotes are under way at Honda Center.
Starting Goaltenders: ANA 35 JS Giguere, PHO 31 Curtis Joseph
Scratches: ANA 18 D Ian Moran, 39 C Travis Green; PHO 23 C Donald MacLean, 44 D Nick Boynton
The Ducks host the Phoenix Coyotes today at 5:05 p.m. at Honda Center.
Anaheim is coming off a 4-3 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night. The Ducks still sit at the top of the Western Conference standings at 13-2-5 and 31 points. Tonight is the fourth game of a five-game homestand (1-1-1). Anaheim plays four of their next five on Honda Center ice in what is a very busy November on Katella Avenue.
The Coyotes sit in fifth place in the Pacific Division with a record of 6-13-0 and 12 points. Phoenix played last night at Staples Center in Los Angeles and were defeated 5-3.
The Ducks and Coyotes have met twice already this season with Anaheim taking both contests. The Ducks won 6-2 at Honda Center on November 3rd and 2-1 in Phoenix on October 7 in the second game of the season.
After tonight's contest, the Ducks face San Jose on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. at Honda Center.