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
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
"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."
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