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NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Phoenix



(Thursday, March 19th)

Final Score: Anaheim 3, Phoenix 2 (SO)

Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Bobby Ryan scored the winner in the shootout as the Anaheim Ducks got a big two points in a 3-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.

In the fifth round of the shootout, Ryan skated in and went backhand to forehand twice before sliding the forehand past Ilya Bryzgalov.

"I just kind of freelanced it," Ryan said. "When [Bryzgalov] came out with the poke check, it was tough for him to get side-to-side. So when he went for it I waited and was lucky enough to find the back of the net."

Matthew Lombardi was the last chance for the Coyotes and he faked the shot to get Jonas Hiller to commit, but his weak backhand was easily stopped and the Ducks got the extra point.

Petteri Nokelainen and Drew Miller each lit the lamp for the Ducks, who have won three of their last four.

Hiller finished the game with 26 saves for Anaheim, which has 74 points and sits just three points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference with 11 games remaining.

Lombardi and Zbynek Michalek each had a goal for the Coyotes, who have dropped six of their last seven.

"We just have to keep moving forward and keep building on the positive things and learn from those negative things that happen," Lombardi said.

Bryzgalov stopped 25 shots in the loss for Phoenix, which has just 65 points on the season and with 11 games to play faces an uphill battle to get into the playoffs.

With the score tied in the third period, Anaheim took the lead with a controversial goal. Todd Marchant threw a backhand shot on net that went in as Nokelainen crashed into Bryzgalov, keeping the goaltender from making a play on the puck, at the 7:01 mark. It was called a goal on the ice and the play was reviewed, but since potential penalties cannot be called off of a review, the call on the ice stood and Anaheim took a 2-1 lead.

However, Phoenix continued to fight for the game and was able to tie it late. With action in the Anaheim end, Scottie Upshall threw the puck from the left side to the crease where Lombardi was able to get his stick on it and tapped the puck just inside the left post with 2:31 to play in regulation.

In the overtime, Phoenix ended the frame on the power play when Chris Pronger was called for holding with 51.9 to play, but the Coyotes were unable to net the winner and the game went to the shootout.

The Ducks got the first goal of the game at the 3:05 mark of the first period. Marchant sent a shot on net from the slot that bounced off bodies in front and Miller was on the doorstep to knock in the rebound.

However, the Coyotes answered five minutes later as Upshall sent a short pass from the right circle to the slot for Michalek, who one-timed the disc over the glove of Hiller.

Neither side lit the lamp in the second period as Hiller stopped seven shots while Bryzgalov made nine saves.

Game Notes

Anaheim hosts Phoenix on Sunday...The Coyotes host Vancouver on Saturday...Anaheim has won five of the last six games against Phoenix...The Ducks are 4-2 in shootouts this season while Phoenix fell to 2-3.

03/20 02:09:24 ET


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