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ANAHEIM – One day after Jean-Sebastien Giguere was named an All-Star starter for the first time in his career, it was the Ducks’ other goalie who shined on the ice.
Jonas Hiller made 29 stops in earning his third shutout of the season, leading the Ducks to a 2-0 victory over the visiting Phoenix Coyotes and snapping a three-game losing streak at Honda Center.
|Hiller was outstanding all night, saving 29 in his third shutout of the year.
Hiller was incredibly solid the entire night, notably during a four-minute Phoenix power play near the end of the second period. And he stopped all eleven Coyotes shots in the third period, boosting Anaheim’s record to 14-0-0 when leading after two periods.
"For me, it’s important to play as much as possible because I think for a goalie, experience is a big part in this game," said Hiller, making his first apperance since a Dec. 28 win in St. Louis. "I just try to do my best every game I can play. It’s great that it worked out that well. I’m happy for me and happy for the team to get those two points because they were really important today."
The Ducks and Coyotes skated scoreless for the game’s first 23 minutes until Chris Pronger broke through with a power play goal 3:32 into the second. Scott Niedermayer picked up a loose puck in front of the Phoenix net, circled behind it and sent a pass to Pronger in the right wing circle. His quick wrist shot squirted under goalie Ily Bryzgalov and over the stripe, prompting Pronger to fire his trademark uppercut to the rafters.
Bryzgalov, the former Duck who was let go on waivers a year ago, came into the game with a 4-1-0 record, a 2.05 goals-against average and a stellar .943 save percentage.
|Pronger put the Ducks on top for good with a power play goal in the second.
Phoenix had a huge opportunity to tie the game when Brendan Mikkelson took a double minor for high sticking Daniel Carcillo with 5:03 left in the second. But the Ducks killed the entire four-minute penalty, despite Rob Niedermayer spending a good portion of it without a stick after Brett Festerling broke his and Niedermayer gave his up to him. The hero of the penalty kill was Jonas Hiller, who stopped all eight Phoenix shots during the stretch, including a couple of acrobatic saves.
"It was tough, especially because I already thought I wasn’t going to get a lot of shots that period because I had one shot until then," Hiller said. "They were in our zone for four minutes. It was hard on the legs. They moved the puck around pretty well. I think everybody battled through."
Added Ducks forward Bobby Ryan, "The penalty kill had to do it again tonight. It was nice for us to reward them for all they’ve done lately and put a few home."
Ryan did just that, giving the Ducks a little more comfort room when he did an impression of injured Teemu Selanne and scored a power play goal from the low left wing circle 2:59 into the third. Scott Niedermayer fed the puck to Ryan from the slot, and the rookie slung it inside the near post for his seventh goal of the season.
"They cleared the puck, so it was a half breakout, half neutral zone regroup," Ryan said. "Getzy showed his poise again, carrying the puck all the way down the half wall and hitting Scotty. I think Scotty had too much to look at and found me off the side virtually all alone. That’s a tough for a goalie to make to get all the way back and across. It was easy for me to slide it home."
Phoenix came into the game tied with the Ducks for the sixth spot in the Western Conference and second in the Pacific Division. Despite stretches of dominance in recent years over the Coyotes, it was the first time the Ducks shut them out since Dec. 22, 2002 at Honda Center. The Ducks improved to 12-3-1 all time at home against the Coyotes.
"Tonight was our best team effort that we’ve had," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. " For us, I think the difference in the game was our specialty teams. We got two power play goals and they went o-fer on their power play, so our penalty killers and our power play guys stood up."
It was just the second victory in the last seven for Anaheim, which returns to Honda Center for a date with another division rival, the Kings, on Tuesday night.GAME NOTES
Todd Marchant was honored before the contest for playing in his 1,000th NHL game.
The Ducks have garnered standings points in four of their last five games (2-1-2) and have earned points in nine of their last 12 contests (7-3-2) at Honda Center.
Anaheim has scored two power play goals in three of the last four games, going six-for-17 (35.3%) overall. The club has gone nine-for-25 on the power play (36.0%) dating back to Dec. 22 at Vancouver.
Ryan Getzlaf has earned 2-7=9 points in the last eight games, including 1-2=3 in the last two contests. At HOME, he has earned points in 10 of the last 12 games (7-7=14).
Scott Niedermayer has collected points in three of the last four games (1-3=4) including in two straight (0-2=2).
With a power play goal tonight, Chris Pronger has earned points in four of the last five games (1-3=4) including in two straight (1-1=2).
Bobby Ryan has earned points in seven of the last eight games (3-8=11), including 1-2=3 points in the last two games.
Tonight marked Jonas Hiller’s third career shutout (all this season), stopping all 29 shots he faced. In his last six appearances (3-3-0), Hiller has stopped 180-of-193 shots with a .933 SV % and 2.16 GAA (13 GA/361 MIN).
Tonight’s attendance is 16,878.
|PPG - Chris Pronger (7) ASST: Scott Niedermayer (16), Bobby Ryan (14)|
1 - 0 ANA
|PPG - Bobby Ryan (7) ASST: Scott Niedermayer (17), Ryan Getzlaf (30)|
2 - 0 ANA
|Ed Jovanovski Tripping against Rob Niedermayer|
|Steve Montador Hooking against Daniel Carcillo|
|Chris Pronger Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Todd Fedoruk Too many men/ice - bench|
|Viktor Tikhonov Elbowing against Todd Marchant|
|Brendan Mikkelson Hi stick - double minor against Daniel Carcillo|
|Todd Fedoruk Too many men/ice - bench|
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