Anaheim
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48-20-14
Phoenix
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31-46-5

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game recap

Ducks 2, Coyotes 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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Ducks 2, Coyotes 1
Anaheim Ducks 2, Phoenix Coyotes 1

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -After reaching the Western Conference finals last spring, the Anaheim Ducks began this season with lofty expectations.

They've done nothing to dispel them so far.

Behind Ilya Bryzgalov's 34 saves, the Ducks improved to 2-0 with a 2-1 victory over Phoenix Saturday night. Teemu Selanne and Dustin Penner each scored for Anaheim, which beat Los Angeles 4-3 one night earlier.

"In our minds, we didn't play a very complete game (Friday) night, but we were a better team tonight," coach Randy Carlyle said. "It's only the second game of the year. I think every team is still a work in progress. We're no different. Our work ethic has been strong and that's what we're going to continue to build on."

Zbynek Michalek scored the only goal for the Coyotes.

The Ducks have enjoyed some superb goaltending in the season's first week. Jean-Sebastien Giguere had 41 saves, including 22 in the first period, in Anaheim's opening 4-3 victory over Los Angeles on Friday night.

Giguere could have played against the Coyotes, but Carlyle decided to give him the night off and start Bryzgalov.

That was a smart move, given Bryzgalov's record against Phoenix. He's 6-0 against the Coyotes.

"I don't think about who we play against," Bryzgalov said. "I just try to do the best that I can, and stop the puck, and help to win the game."

The Ducks dropped the "Mighty" from their name and changed their colors in the offseason, switching from purple and teal to black and orange. But they look the same to the Coyotes.

The Ducks went 7-0-1 against Phoenix last season. And they wasted little time re-establishing their dominance.

"This team is one of the best teams in hockey," Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky said. "They're physical, they're fast, they're unselfish. They're getting good goaltending."

After Phoenix center Jeremy Roenick drew a roughing penalty, the Ducks took a 1-0 lead on Selanne's power-play goal at 2:15 of the first period.

Anaheim went up 2-0 with 2:15 left in the period. With the Ducks on a power play, Ryan Getzlaf fired a low shot at Curtis Joseph. Joseph kicked a rebound to Penner, who fired it past him.

The Coyotes sliced the lead to 2-1 on Michalek's power-play goal with 8 minutes left in the second period. The goal came on a two-man advantage, with Michalek taking a pass from Keith Ballard and beating Bryzgalov on a wrist shot from between the circles.

But it wasn't enough to overcome the Ducks' early advantage.

"If you spot that team two goals, you are going to be in trouble," Phoenix winger Shane Doan said.

It was a testy, physical game between Pacific Division rivals, who combined for 46 penalty minutes.

In the first period, Phoenix's new tough guy, Georges Laraque, took exception to a hard check by Todd Fedoruk, and the two fought along the boards. In the second, the Coyotes' Dave Scatchard brawled with Shane O'Brien.

Notes: The Coyotes had a scare when Ladislav Nagy, who missed 29 games with a knee injury last year, crumpled to the ice and grabbed his left knee after a center-ice collision with Samuel Pahlsson. Nagy returned to the ice minutes later. ... A survey by Team Marketing Reports found that the Coyotes' average ticket price, $25, is the NHL's lowest. ... The Ducks have upgraded a team that finished with the most wins (43) and points (98) in team history. They acquired defenseman Chris Pronger, the former league MVP and Norris Trophy winner, in a trade with Edmonton. He joins another Norris winner, Scott Niedermayer, on the back line.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:15
ANA
PPG - Teemu Selanne (1) ASST: Shane O'Brien (1), Andy McDonald (1)
1 - 0 ANA
17:45
ANA
PPG - Dustin Penner (1) ASST: Corey Perry (1), Ryan Getzlaf (1)
2 - 0 ANA
2nd Period
12:00
PHX
PPG - Zbynek Michalek (1) ASST: Keith Ballard (2), Mike Comrie (2)
2 - 1 ANA
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
01:04
PHX
Jeremy Roenick  Roughing
04:32
PHX
Ed Jovanovski  Holding against  Dustin Penner
13:51
ANA
Todd Fedoruk  Fighting (maj) against  Georges Laraque
13:51
PHX
Georges Laraque  Fighting (maj) against  Todd Fedoruk
14:31
ANA
Samuel Pahlsson  Holding against  Dennis Seidenberg
16:46
PHX
Dave Scatchard  Hooking
2nd Period
03:01
ANA
Corey Perry  Slashing against  Zbynek Michalek
05:13
ANA
Sean O'Donnell  Tripping against  Ladislav Nagy
10:15
ANA
Corey Perry  Hooking
10:40
ANA
Chris Pronger  Interference against  Ladislav Nagy
13:21
ANA
Shane O'Brien  Roughing against  Keith Ballard
13:21
ANA
Shane O'Brien  Fighting (maj) against  Dave Scatchard
13:21
PHX
Dave Scatchard  Fighting (maj) against  Shane O'Brien
14:07
PHX
Mike Comrie  Interference against  Todd Marchant
3rd Period
08:33
ANA
Shane O'Brien  Unsportsmanlike conduct
08:33
PHX
Dave Scatchard  Unsportsmanlike conduct
13:32
PHX
Nick Boynton  Slashing against  Chris Kunitz
goalie stats
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 35TOI: 59:50
Saves: 34EV: 27 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .971SH: 1 - 1
Curtis Joseph
Curtis Joseph
SA: 25TOI: 58:57
Saves: 23EV: 18 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 6
SV%: .920SH: 1 - 1

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