|PHX||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||2|
|ANA||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||6|
ANAHEIM – Having developed a recent penchant for nail-biting finishes, the Ducks came into this one after battling through eight straight one-goal games.
Tonight, however, they left little doubt.
|The Ducks scored three power play goals in the third period on their way to a 6-2 victory over the Coyotes, giving the Ducks their first three-game winning streak since the end of November.
Anaheim scored three power play goals in the third period (and four overall) to roll to a 6-2 victory over the visiting Coyotes, the second straight win over Phoenix in the last four nights. The Ducks needed a shootout to take down the Coyotes 3-2 in Glendale, but were much more emphatic this time around, earning a third straight win for the first time since Nov. 30. And in a time of year when every game is vital for the Ducks, they pulled into ninth place in the Western Conference playoff race, one point behind a Nashville team they face Tuesday night.
Anaheim's four goals on the man advantage gave them seven in the last two games at Honda Center, after suffering through a stretch of 22 straight power plays without a goal. Their four power play goals tonight tied a club record.
"The power play has been effective at times for us and ineffective at times," said Ryan Getzlaf, who had two big power play goals in the third. "This was one of those games that we needed it big time and we were able to deliver."
Added coach Randy Carlyle, "When your power play delivers as it did tonight and then your penalty killing, it definitely was the difference in the hockey game. We have to try to build on more nights like this. It will continue to get tougher as we go into the final stretch here of 10 games in the season. They are more important points than they have ever been for our hockey club."
The Ducks never trailed, but clung to a one-goal lead in the middle of the third period, until Getzlaf gave them some breathing room with the first of his two power play goals. Just 10 seconds after a Todd Fedoruk interference penalty, Getzlaf had his back to goalie Ilya Bryzgalov when he redirected a Scott Niedermayer pass underneath the goaltender.
Getzlaf made it 5-2 later in the period on the first of two Anaheim power play goals resulting from a Scottie Upshall double minor for cutting Chris Pronger in the upper lip with a high stick. Pronger was no worse for wear, faking a slap shot before sending the puck to Getzlaf in the left wing circle, and he wristed it under Bryzgalov. Pronger had three assists on the night, giving him nine in his last nine games.
With time still remaining on the Upshall penalty, Andrew Ebbett scored the sixth Ducks goal just 26 seconds after Getzlaf’s strike. A James Wisniewski rocket from the point hit off the leg of Phoenix defenseman Kurt Sauer to Ebbett, who sent it through traffic into the net.
The Ducks not only scored often, but they scored early, jumping in front 2-0 on goals by Scott Niedermayer and George Parros in the opening stanza. Less than five minutes into the game, Niedermayer waited near the post, before redirecting a Pronger slap pass behind Brzygalov.
And with 1:49 left in the period, Erik Christensen took a shot from the left wing on the rush that ricocheted off Bryzgalov toward Parros, who chipped it into the open net.
Phoenix sliced the lead in half just 48 seconds into the second period, when a Shane Doan shot from the wing was blocked and the puck kicked right to Peter Prucha, who shot it off the far post and in.
|Getzlaf (right) had two of Anaheim's three power play goals in the final period.
The Ducks regained a two-goal lead midway through the period on a Corey Perry goal gift-wrapped by an outstanding Getzlaf play on the wing. Getzlaf waited patiently to shuttle the puck past Zbynek Michalek, who had slid on his side to try and block the pass. The disc got to Perry at the top of the crease, and he punched into the open half of the net. Bobby Ryan, who had gotten the puck to Getzlaf on the wing, earned a second assist for his 46th point on the year, a new team record (breaking the 2006-07 mark held by Dustin Penner).
Doan got the Coyotes back into it with 5:13 left in the period, taking advantage of a Christensen turnover in the Anaheim zone. Under mild pressure from the Coyotes, Christensen lost the puck as he tried to head up ice, and Doan picked it up, headed to the net and sent it under goalie Hiller.
It was the fifth goal in as many games against the Ducks for Doan, who doesn’t have more than two against any other team this season.
Other than that, Hiller was tough in net for Anaheim, just as he was in that shootout victory three nights ago. He had 26 saves on the night.
The Ducks hope they can keep the momentum going in a huge game in Nashville two nights from now.
"We’re in desperate hockey right now," Getzlaf said. "Every night is a playoff game for us now. We got a huge game coming up here against
The Ducks snapped a streak of eight consecutive one-goal games, which tied the club record. The club also played in eight consecutive one-goal contests from Nov. 6 – Dec. 2, 2004, going 2-1-5 in those eight games (the “5” comprised of 2 OTL’s and 3 ties). The Ducks went 4-3-1 in the eight games heading into tonight’s contest.
Anaheim has outshot its opponent in six of the last seven games by a combined 239-to-186.
With tonight’s assist, Teemu Selanne now has sole possession of 44th place on the NHL’s all-time points list (574-627=1201), passing Dino Ciccarelli (608-592=1200).
Scott Niedermayer has collected points in four of the last six games (3-3=6). His three-point effort tonight (1-2=3) ties his career high for points in a game (17th time) and was his second three-point night of the season (Jan. 31 at COL, 1-2=3).
Corey Perry has collected points in seven of the last nine contests (3-3=6).
Ryan Getzlaf has earned points in four of the last six games (3-4=7). He has earned three-or-more points on seven different occasions this season, including 2-1=3 tonight.
Erik Christensen has earned 0-4=4 points in the last five games.
In his last three appearances, Jonas Hiller has stopped 81-of-86 shots for a .942 SV% and 1.63 GAA (5 GA/184 MIN).
Tonight’s attendance was 17,215.
|PPG - Scott Niedermayer (12) ASST: Chris Pronger (33), Teemu Selanne (21)|
1 - 0 ANA
|George Parros (5) ASST: Erik Christensen (18), Mike Brown (2)|
2 - 0 ANA
|Petr Prucha (5) ASST: Shane Doan (36), Zbynek Michalek (19)|
2 - 1 ANA
|Corey Perry (24) ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (54), Bobby Ryan (22)|
3 - 1 ANA
|Shane Doan (28) ASST: NONE|
3 - 2 ANA
|PPG - Ryan Getzlaf (22) ASST: Scott Niedermayer (36), Chris Pronger (34)|
4 - 2 ANA
|PPG - Ryan Getzlaf (23) ASST: Chris Pronger (35), Scott Niedermayer (37)|
5 - 2 ANA
|PPG - Andrew Ebbett (6) ASST: James Wisniewski (13), Ryan Whitney (15)|
6 - 2 ANA
|Mike Brown Fighting (maj) against Brandon Prust|
|Brandon Prust Fighting (maj) against Mike Brown|
|Matthew Lombardi Hi-sticking against Bobby Ryan|
|Kyle Turris Hooking against James Wisniewski|
|Petteri Nokelainen Hooking against Dmitri Kalinin|
|Bobby Ryan Holding against Petr Prucha|
|Todd Fedoruk Interference against George Parros|
|Bobby Ryan Roughing against Petr Prucha|
|Andrew Ebbett Boarding against Kyle Turris|
|Scottie Upshall Hi stick - double minor against Chris Pronger|
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