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NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Phoenix

(Saturday, March 11th)

Final Score: Anaheim 5, Phoenix 3

Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Rob Niedermayer had two goals as the Anaheim Mighty Ducks defeated the Phoenix Coyotes, 5-3, in the front end of a home- and-home series at Glendale Arena.

Jonathan Hedstrom had a goal and two assists and Teemu Selanne and Francois Beauchemin added goals for the Mighty Ducks, who have won two straight and three of their last four games.

"These points are up for grabs and any team in our position has to win our share of games," said Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle. "If you don't you are not going to make the playoffs."

Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 14 saves for Anaheim, which has won three straight against Phoenix and is 5-1 against the Coyotes this season.

Geoff Sanderson, Steven Reinprecht and Shane Doan scored for the Coyotes, who have lost two straight and three of their last four games. Curtis Joseph stopped 31 of 35 shots in the loss.

The Ducks drew first blood 5:44 into the contest. Niedermayer brought the puck into the zone and dropped it to Hedstrom at the top of the left circle. Hedstrom let fly with a shot that Joseph saved, but Niedermayer followed up on the shot and knocked in the rebound.

The Coyotes then took a 2-1 lead with goals separated by 48 seconds.

Sanderson came into the Anaheim zone, split the defense and flicked a backhander into the left side of the net with 7:16 left in the opening 20 minutes. Moments later, Reinprecht backhanded a rebound into the right side of the net for his 14th goal of the season.

Anaheim evened the game up before the first intermission. Andy McDonald brought the puck into the zone on a 2-on-1 rush and sent a pass from the low right circle to the left side, where Selanne tapped it in with 5:14 left in the period.

It was all Anaheim in the second period. The team outshot Phoenix 15-3 and took a 4-2 lead into the next intermission with two quick goals towards the end of the frame.

Ruslan Salei let fly with a shot from the left point that changed direction, hit Hedstrom and went into the net with 2:40 left in the second.

Just 43 seconds later on the power play, Scott Niedermayer sent a pass from the left boards to the high slot, where Beauchemin one-timed it into the right corner of the net for his fifth goal of the season.

Phoenix made it a 4-3 game late in the third period. Mike Comrie sent a hard shot from the left circle that Giguere made a kick save on, but Doan backhanded the rebound behind the goaltender with 2:07 left in the game.

The Coyotes pulled their goaltender with a little over a minute left, but Rob Niedermayer put the disc into the empty-net with 1:04 left to seal the win for the Ducks.

"They played like a team that was desperate to win and we played like a team that was standing around," said Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky. "Not battling and taking penalties. You win and lose as a group. No question tonight it's a total team effort as far as the loss went. We had no battle and had no fight."

Game Notes

The two teams will play Sunday at the Pond...Anaheim went 1-for-11 on the power play...The Coyotes connected once on their seven man advantages...Selanne leads Anaheim with 28 goals this season.

03/12 00:25:34 ET

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