NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Anaheim|
(Wednesday, January 18th)
Final Score: Anaheim 6, Phoenix 2
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Francois Beauchemin led a balanced Anaheim
attack with a pair of goals and an assist as the Ducks came away with an
emphatic 6-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes at Honda Center on Wednesday.
Jason Blake had a goal and an assist, while Niklas Hagman, Corey Perry and
Matt Beleskey all scored, and Lubomir Visnovsky, Andrew Cogliano and Nick
Bonino all contributed a pair of assists for the Ducks, who have won three
straight and six of their last seven games. Jonas Hiller made 25 saves in the
Kyle Chipchura and Daymond Langkow found the back of the net for the Coyotes,
who have lost four of their last five contests. Mike Smith was touched for all
six goals on 21 shots in defeat.
Phoenix opened the scoring at 8:33 of the first period after Raffi Torres
corralled a loose puck in the left circle and fired a quick wrister that was
stopped by Hiller, but he left a huge rebound and Chipchura pounced on it and
ripped it home from the right circle to give the Coyotes a 1-0 lead.
Anaheim, though, responded with a pair of goals less than two minutes apart to
take a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes of play.
Hagman deflected home the tying goal for the Ducks at 13:49 of the first
period off a point shot from Visnovsky, then, Beauchemin fired a slap
shot from the right circle past Smith on the power play at 15:43 of the first
"Our third line has been very productive, and that's been vital to
us," Beauchemin said. "It's our defense, though, that has been playing very
well. It all starts in the defensive zone. We create offense off our defense."
The Coyotes tied it at two at 9:32 of the second period when Ray Whitney
picked up a loose disc in the neutral zone and raced up the right wing.
Whitney gained the blue line, moved to right circle and found a trailing
Langkow, who easily fired it past Hiller.
But, again the Ducks responded with two goals to lead 4-2 heading into the
Beauchemin bagged his second goal of the night at 14:51 of the second period
when he chipped home a nice centering pass from Cogliano, and Blake stuffed
one past Smith to finish off a 3-on-2 odd-man rush with style at 18:54 of the
Anaheim added two more goals in the third period to finish off the Coyotes.
Beleskey made it 5-2 at 3:09 of the third period after he accepted a pass in
the slot from George Parros and ripped it into the top right corner, then
Perry capped with scoring with a shorthanded breakaway tally when he chased
down a loose puck and went in alone before firing the puck over the left
shoulder of Smith.
"There were good things for us tonight, but you wouldn't know it by
the final score," Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett said. "We made mistakes and
gave them open shots. Their fourth goal was the big one and that broke it
Wednesday marked the fourth meeting of the season between these Pacific
Division rivals. The Ducks hold a 3-1 series edge this season and lead the
all-time series between the teams, 55-30-14...It was Chipchura's first goal in
75 games dating back to last season...Phoenix finished 0-for-4 with the man-
advantage, while Anaheim scored on its only power play chance.
01/19 01:44:42 ET