ANAHEIM – After a pair of very similar games in the first two chapters of their mini-series, the Ducks and Coyotes played a very different one when things swung back to Anaheim. And that was just fine for the Ducks tonight.
Coming off consecutive 5-4 shootout losses Saturday and Monday in Glendale, the Ducks bounced back with a defensively sound 2-0 victory at Honda Center for a ninth consecutive home victory.
"We came out and played the game we wanted to," said Ryan Getzlaf. "That was a lot better defensive effort. We shut them down. Goaltending played great and didn’t allow any second chances. It was a good healthy game."
Jonas Hiller saved all 18 shots he saw, and Corey Perry and Getzlaf did all the scoring Anaheim would need. Perry’s goal came in the first period, and Getzlaf didn’t tack on the second one until he found an empty net with 20.7 remaining in the game. With goalie Jason LaBarbera on the bench for an extra attacker, Getzlaf swiped the puck from Shane Doan at the red line and fired into the abandoned cage to lock it up.
The win kept the Ducks firmly in second place in the Western Conference, as they remain owners of the second-best record in the NHL.
"We were mad that we gave up four goals the last two games and we know solid defense is going to win you more than just games," said head coach Bruce Boudreau. "It’s going to win division titles and championships. I thought Hilly did a great job.”
Just like they did two games in a row in Phoenix, the Ducks struck first, this time courtesy of Perry seven minutes into the game. After a Coyotes turnover, the newly reunited line of Perry, Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan connected. Getzlaf got the puck ahead to Ryan, who made a cross-ice pass to Perry, and he sent it through as he fell to the ice.
Unlike in Phoenix, the Ducks didn’t let the Coyotes back into it, holding Phoenix to just nine shots through the first 40 minutes, while Anaheim missed a couple of golden opportunities in the second. Andrew Cogliano was awarded a penalty shot after getting tripped on a breakaway, but sent the shot into the leg pads of Labarbera. A few seconds later, Perry hit the bottom of the crossbar off a rebound with LaBarbera down in the crease. Late in the period, Ryan fed a wide-open Perry on a 2-on-1 but he couldn’t get it through.
In contrast to those two games in Glendale, things were uneventful from a scoring standpoint in the final period, until Getzlaf landed his now-team-leading ninth goal of the year.
"I thought we locked the neutral zone up pretty well," said Ryan. "We didn’t really let them get through there too many times with full possession. They were having to dump it a lot and our D was doing a good job going back and keeping it along the wall and getting it out. It was just a gutsier effort defensively.”
The Ducks look to keep it going when they face Calgary on Friday at Honda Center, where they haven’t lost to the Flames in the regular season since 2004.
Anaheim’s 16-3-3 record (35 points) equals the club’s best-ever mark through 22 games (15-2-5 for 35 points in 2006-07). The club has earned standings points in five straight (3-0-2, 8 points) and has earned points in 11 of the last 12 contests overall (9-1-2, 20 points).
Anaheim’s 16 wins and 35 points are the second-most in the NHL (Chicago is 21-0-3 with 45 points, including tonight’s 3-2 win over Colorado).
The Ducks have extended their HOME winning streak to nine games, the third-longest in franchise history and longest since a franchise-record 11-game streak from Dec. 8, 2009 – Feb. 10, 2010. The nine-game streak equals the longest home streak in the NHL this season (also Chicago who extended their home winning streak to nine games this evening). The club’s 9-1-0 record at Honda Center this season is the best mark through 10 home games in franchise history.
The club is now 19 points ahead of last year’s pace after 22 games (6-12-4 in 2011-12, 16 points).
Corey Perry scored his seventh goal of the season and his fourth game-winner of 2012-13. He now ranks tied for third in the NHL in game-winning goals. Perry has earned 6-9=15 points (+7) over the last 10 contests (points in nine of the 10).
Ryan Getzlaf pushed his point streak at HOME to eight games (5-9=14, +7). Getzlaf has 6-12=18 points with a +7 rating in the last 11 contests overall. His team-leading 9-18=25 points rank tied for 10th in the NHL.
With an assist on Perry’s game-winner, Bobby Ryan now has a five-game point streak (1-4=5). It marks his longest point streak since Feb. 23 – Mar. 4, 2011 (2-4=6 over five games).
Jonas Hiller recorded his first shutout of the season and 16th of his career, stopping all 18 shots he faced this evening. Over his last four contests at HOME, Hiller has stopped 94-of-101 for a 1.72 GAA (7 GA/244 MIN) and .931 SV%.
Tonight’s attendance was 13,456.
20:00 - END OF GAME - Ducks get payback, 2-0.
19:39 - ANAHEIM GOAL (EMPTY NET) - RYAN GETZLAF - Getzlaf beautifully takes the puck away from Doan at the red line and fires it into the abandoned net with 20.7 left. This baby is over.
19:20 - LaBarbera to the bench.
18:00 - Ducks dumping and changing wherever they can.
17:00 - Sullivan looks to make a touch pass, it's knocked down, and he tries a shot that Hiller stops.
16:35 - Hiller stands strong as Hanzal tries to sneak one in from deep on the left wing.
15:26 - Coyotes ice it with 4:34 left.
10:50 - McMillan takes a hard hit from Stone into the glass behind the Phoenix net, but he's up and running immediately.
7:58 - Ducks kill it.
5:58 - ANA Penalty - Sheldon Souray, 2 min. interference.
5:15 - Hiller again as Lombardi tries to punch one in from close.
4:45 - Hiller comes up with a big stop on Ekman-Larsson in the slot, then gets some love from the post later.
0:00 - Off and running in the third.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - Ducks don't score, but they have their chances. Coyotes have yet to take their 10th shot.
19:40 - Ducks get on a 2-on-1 as Ryan skids to a stop and feeds a streaking Perry, who is denied by LaBarbera's leg pad. He's playing well tonight.
18:55 - Ryan fires an attempted cross-ice pass into the Ducks bench. Clearly he's upset with someone over there.
15:33 - Cogliano, who may be Anaheim's best player tonight, fires from right wing, but LaBarbera holds it.
13:30 - Decent Golf Score Line of Etem (65), Holland (74) and McMillan (64) showing some serious speed out there.
12:30 - Fowler's pass in close misses the target, but Selanne scoops it up and fires wide.
5:40 - Perry is robbed of a goal as he puts a shot into LaBarbera and fires the rebound off the bottom of the crossbar. That crossbar has been unkind to both sides tonight.
5:17 - Cogliano's shot is denied as LaBarbera quickly closes the pads.
5:17 - Cogliano gets the puck at center ice and races on a breakaway. He's tripped up from behind by Ekman-Larsson.
5:00 - Korpikoski goes hard down the wing, putting a shot into Hiller before being run into the net by Lovejoy. No love or joy on that hit. Maybe some joy.
4:25 - PHX Penalty - Shane Doan, 2 min. tripping. Cogliano makes a huge play to not only break up the puck at the blue line, but draw the trip from Doan.
3:32 - ANA Penalty - 2 min. too many men on the ice. Winnik jumps on and immediately plays the puck, with two Ducks trying to get to the bench.
0:00 - Here we go in the second.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - Solid first for the Ducks, who score a goal on eight shots, hold Coyotes to three SOGs.
16:10 - Ducks kill it with relative ease. Only two shots for the Yotes so far.
Husband and wife tennis balls back in the house. Male tennis ball had been sick, from what I hear.
14:10 - ANA Penalty - Ryan Getzlaf, 2 min. hooking. First power play for either side. Not ever. Just tonight.
13:25 - Ducks get away with one in a major way, as a surrendered puck slides into the slot to Boedker, who rips a one-timer that hits the bottom of the crossbar.
Dude in his 20s either moves back a row to get next to a cute girl during Kiss Cam, and then back forward when it didn't work, or moves forward a row because she's his sister. I couldn't tell.
7:10 - ANAHEIM GOAL - COREY PERRY - Coyotes turnover gets the new/old line of Perry-Getzlaf-Ryan going, as Getzlaf feeds to the wing to Ryan, who centers to Perry, and he sends it through as he takes a spill to the ice. For the third straight game (all against Phoenix), Ducks strike first.
5:50 - Etem goes hard down left wing and drops it back to Holland, who can't score it, but does run over LaBarbera and the net.
2:50 - Bonino slaps at a puck that comes to him high in the air, but can't get it through. Audible "awwww!" from the crowd.
1:30 - Ducks with some action in front early.
0:00 - And we're underway at Honda Center.
Nice little pregame ceremony for Ducks radio voice Steve Carroll, honored for his 1,000th game with the Ducks, which he called last Saturday in Phoenix.
Hiller in net for the second straight game. LaBarbera in there for the Yotes. Palmieri (upper body), Allen (flu) and Staubitz scratched.
Starters in bold/italics.
KEITH YANDLE (A)
MARTIN HANZAL (A)
SHANE DOAN (C)
TEEMU SELANNE (A)
SAKU KOIVU (A)
RYAN GETZLAF (C)