NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Phoenix|
(Saturday, April 11th)
Final Score: Phoenix 5, Anaheim 4 (SO)
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Viktor Tikhonov scored the game-winner in
the fourth round of the shootout as Phoenix ended its regular season with a
disputed 5-4 win over Anaheim.
After Teemu Selanne lifted his chance over the net to start the round,
Tikhonov made several stick fakes before slipping the puck off Jean-Sebastien
Giguere's pad and the right post.
The Ducks coaching staff asked for a review because it appeared that Tikhonov
illegally double-touched the puck to push it over the goal line. After a
lengthy review proved inconclusive, Phoenix was finally able to walk away
Steve Reinprecht tallied twice with two helpers for the Coyotes (36-39-7), who
finished the season with four wins in their last six games and landed in a tie
with the Kings at the bottom of the Pacific Division.
Todd Fedoruk and Enver Lisin also scored while Ilya Bryzgalov allowed four
goals on 35 shots for the win.
"It wasn't the way we anticipated our year," said Coyotes head coach Wayne
Gretzky. "Going into the All-Star break I thought our season was outstanding
and thought that we could make a playoff run. It didn't work out that way."
Selanne had a goal and assist for the Ducks (42-33-7), who could have leapt
over Columbus, which lost earlier Saturday, for the sixth spot in the West
with a victory. However, with 91 points, Anaheim moved alone into seventh, one
point ahead of idle St. Louis. The Blues finish their regular season on
Jonas Hiller started the contest and surrendered four goals on 24 shots
through two periods. Giguere finished the game by stopping all nine shots he
Reinprecht picked up a power-play goal for Phoenix 3:48 into the contest, and
Erik Christensen netted a power-play marker for Anaheim 2:39 into the second
Fedoruk put the Coyotes back on top at the seven-minute mark, then Reinprecht
connected on another man-advantage at 12:21. Corey Perry brought the Ducks
back within a goal inside the final two minutes with Anaheim on the power
play, but Lisin struck for a 4-2 Phoenix edge with six seconds to go.
Anaheim tallied twice in a 45-second span early in the third to tie the game
as Bobby Ryan hit the net at 5:02 and Selanne followed at 5:47.
Bryzgalov kept the game alive, denying Andrew Ebbett on a breakaway with less
than a minute to play in overtime.
"We made the mistakes, with and without the puck," said Ducks head coach Randy
Carlyle. "You shouldn't be giving up four goals in playoff-type games. We
worked hard, battled back and we'll stick with the preparation for the next
couple of days."
The Ducks won the season series, 4-1-1...It was a season-high for points in a
game by Reinprecht, who last had four points in a contest on January 2, 2008
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