NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Anaheim |
(Wednesday, November 30th)
Final Score: Anaheim 6, Phoenix 1
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Dustin Penner scored the first two goals of his
career and added an assist to lead the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim over the
Phoenix Coyotes, 6-1, at Arrowhead Pond.
"Once you get one that weight is taken off shoulders and the game get easier
after that," Penner said.
Chris Kunitz tallied a goal and an assist and Ilya Bryzgalov made 16 saves for
Anaheim, which won its third straight contest. Joffrey Lupul, Zenon Konopka
and Teemu Selanne also notched goals for the Ducks.
Mike LeClerc scored the Coyotes' lone goal and David LeNeveu stopped 29 of the
35 shots he faced for Phoenix, which had a two-game winning streak halted.
"They worked harder than we did, they were more physical than we were,"
Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky said. "The score of 6-1 was flattering. They
outplayed us right into the ice."
Anaheim drew first blood with 40 seconds left in the first period after Lupul
caromed a shot off of LeNeveu's right pad from the side of the net.
The Ducks upped their lead to 2-0 after Selanne one-timed a pass from Andy
McDonald into an open net 5:44 into the second. McDonald dug the puck out of
his skates in the left circle and sent a pass across the goalmouth to Selanne
at the far post.
Just eight seconds later, Kunitz beat LeNeveu glove-side top shelf on a
breakaway to make it 3-0. After the ensuing faceoff, Marchant found Kunitz at
center ice with a long outlet pass to send him in alone on LeNeveu.
Anaheim continued to dominate the Coyotes after Penner ripped a wrist shot
from the left circle over LeNeveu's stick side top shelf for his first NHL
goal and a 4-0 lead.
Phoenix stopped the bleeding early in the third period after LeClerc beat
Bryzgalov through the five hole with a wrist shot from the left circle to pull
the Coyotes within 4-1.
The Ducks regained their four-goal advantage after Penner beat LeNeveu with a
one-timer from the slot to make it 5-1. Anaheim made it 6-1 with less than
three minutes left in the game after Konopka deflected a shot from Ruslan
Salei past LeNeveu for the final margin.
The two goals eight seconds apart in the second period were the fastest two
goals in Anaheim's franchise history...Selanne extended his goal-scoring
streak to five games...Anaheim has given up five goals in its last seven
games...LeClerc has four goals against the Ducks in five games this
season...The Ducks are 4-0-1 against Phoenix in five games this
year...Phoenix finished 0-for-7 on the power play, while Anaheim 3-for-8.
12/01 01:29:52 ET