ANA
34-36-12
PHX
42-27-13

44 SOG
29 SOG

Ducks Blanked by Coyotes, 4-0

Unable to play spoiler again, the Ducks were defeated on the road by Pacific Division foe Phoenix 4-0 on Saturday night.

Anaheim fired off 44 shots in the game, but none were able to beat Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith.

Ray Whitney became the 79th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 career points with a second-period power-play assist  -- and added a goal 40 seconds later -- as the Coyotes overcame a listless start to beat Anaheim, moving them a step closer to making the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a third straight season.

Smith made 21 of his 44 saves in the first period, giving the Coyotes time to wake up, as he recorded his second straight shutout, stretching his scoreless streak to 159:59. The Coyotes, who entered the game with the NHL's worst power play at 13.2 percent, scored on all three of their attempts in the second period -- Andrew Vermette, Vrbata and Whitney all beat  Anaheim backup goalie Jeff Deslauriers. Oliver Ekman-Larsson also scored for Phoenix on a first-period breakaway.

With 91 points, the Coyotes are assured of staying in the top eight in the Western Conference playoff race. They pulled even in points with the Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles Kings – who own the tiebreaker by virtue of winning the season series – pending the result of the Dallas-San Jose game late Saturday.

At the age of 39, Whitney now had 75 points -- eight shy of his career high -- and has 39 points in his last 34 games. But none was bigger than just after a Corey Perry instigated a fight with Phoenix forward Gilbert Brule at 15:56 of the second period, giving the Coyotes a 5-on-3 power play.

With the two man advantage almost over, Whitney slid a cross-crease pass to Vrbata, who was just off the left post and fired home his 33rd goal at 16:14. Whitney raised both hands skyward and as the crowd of 15,856 at Jobing.com Arena rose as one. His teammates cleared the ice to leave Whitney alone to receive the accolades.

Phoenix was still on the power play -- and before the hoopla had time to die down, the Coyotes corralled an Anaheim turnover and Vrbata returned the favor by setting up Whitney at 16:54 for a 4-0 lead.

"We started working on the next thousand [points]," Whitney joked during the second-intermission TV interview.

The rout didn’t start out that way. The Ducks conducted target practice on Smith in the first period, unleashing 10 shots in the first six minutes and 21 before the horn went off to end the period. But Smith, who made 38 saves as he shut out San Jose 3-0 on Thursday, put on a clinic and fought off Anaheim at every turn.

With Ekman-Larsson in the penalty box for hooking, the Ducks put two minutes of constant pressure on the Phoenix net -- Smith robbed Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne, among others --and as the penalty ended, the Coyotes caught a break.

Just as Ekman-Larsson exited the box, the Coyotes collected the puck in their zone and Mikkel Boedker caught him on stride with a crisp pass beyond the red line. Ekman-Larsson breezed in alone, deked Deslauriers and slid the puck between his pads at 6:10. It was Ekman-Larsson’s 13th goal of the season – fifth among NHL defensemen – and his fifth in the last 10 games.

The Coyotes tightened up defensively in the second period, not allowing a shot in the first five minutes, and after killing off their third penalty of the night, cashed in on a power play after a tripping call against Koivu. Derek Morris waited for traffic to form in the slot and uncorked a shot from the point that Vermette deflected past Deslauriers for his 11th goal and third as a Coyote to make it 2-0 and begin a big period for the Coyotes.

Smith preserved his shutout early in the third period with two huge power-play saves, stopping Jason Blake to the left before robbing Bobby Ryan from point-blank range in the slot with a masterful glove save.
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ANA
PHX
Scoring Summary
1st Period
06:10PHX Oliver Ekman-Larsson (13) ASST: Mikkel Boedker (12), Michal Rozsival (9) 1 - 0 PHX
2nd Period
11:03PHX PPG - Antoine Vermette (11) ASST: Derek Morris (9), Keith Yandle (32) 2 - 0 PHX
16:14PHX PPG - Radim Vrbata (33) ASST: Ray Whitney (51), Shane Doan (27) 3 - 0 PHX
16:54PHX PPG - Ray Whitney (24) ASST: Radim Vrbata (27), Martin Hanzal (25) 4 - 0 PHX
3rd Period
NONE
Three Stars of the Game
Ray Whitney
1st
Ray Whitney
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 16:13
Mike Smith
2nd
Mike Smith
SA: 44TOI: 60:00
GA: 0EV: 29-29
PIM: 2PP: 14-14
SV%: 1.000SH: 1-1
Radim Vrbata
3rd
Radim Vrbata
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 17:26
Penalty Summary
1st Period
04:03PHX Oliver Ekman-Larsson  Hooking against  Corey Perry
16:14PHX Antoine Vermette  Hi-sticking against  Ryan Getzlaf
2nd Period
07:10PHX Adrian Aucoin  Cross checking against  Andrew Cogliano
09:28ANA Saku Koivu  Tripping against  Ray Whitney
14:19ANA Jason Blake  Too many men/ice - bench
15:58ANA Corey Perry  Fighting (maj) against  Gilbert Brule
15:58PHX Gilbert Brule  Slashing against  Corey Perry
15:58PHX Gilbert Brule  Fighting (maj) against  Corey Perry
15:58ANA Corey Perry  Misconduct (10 min)
15:58ANA Corey Perry  Instigator - face shield against  Gilbert Brule
15:58ANA Corey Perry  Instigator against  Gilbert Brule
3rd Period
01:47PHX Michal Rozsival  Tripping against  Teemu Selanne
03:25PHX Derek Morris  Hi-sticking against  Teemu Selanne
05:43ANA Nick Bonino  Tripping against  Oliver Ekman-Larsson
13:23PHX Mike Smith  Delaying Game-Ill. play goalie
shots by period
PeriodANAPHX
1st217
2nd516
3rd186
Total4429
Team Stats
CategoryANAPHX
Power Plays0/63/4
Hits1715
Faceoff Wins3229
Giveaways41
Takeaways36
Blocked Shots420
Penalty Minutes2519
  • ANAHEIM
  • PHOENIX
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4C. FowlerD00-10020:52
5L. SbisaD0003018:54
7A. CoglianoC0003012:37
8T. SelanneR0003017:15
9B. RyanR0007016:16
10C. PerryR00031915:18
11S. KoivuC0003218:17
12N. HagmanL0003014:54
14R. PelleyC00-1209:05
15R. GetzlafC0002022:00
17L. VisnovskyD0002020:20
21S. BrookbankD0001014:47
23F. BeaucheminD0002023:39
32T. LydmanD00-12014:37
33J. BlakeL00-11013:40
39M. BeleskeyL00-11012:19
63N. BoninoC0004214:35
77D. Smith-PellyR0002014:09
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
43J. Deslauriers2529.86260:00
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
3K. YandleD0100016:50
8G. BruleC000377:26
11M. HanzalC0101018:26
13R. WhitneyL1105016:13
15B. GordonC0001015:18
16R. KleslaD0000018:17
17R. VrbataR1105017:26
19S. DoanR0102018:00
22D. LangkowC0001014:02
23Ekman-LarssonD1012223:33
24K. ChipchuraC000108:19
28L. KorpikoskiL0001016:48
32M. RozsivalD0111215:23
33A. AucoinD0011220:28
37R. TorresL0002012:27
50A. VermetteC1012213:52
53D. MorrisD0101222:42
89M. BoedkerL0110012:30
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
41M. Smith44441.00060:00