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NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Anaheim



(Thursday, October 25th)

Final Score: Phoenix 1, Anaheim 0

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Craig Weller scored in the second period and Alexander Auld made that goal stand up, as the Phoenix Coyotes edged the Anaheim Ducks, 1-0, at the Honda Center.

Auld dazzled for the full 60 minutes, stopping all 31 shots he faced for Phoenix, which had dropped three straight coming in.

The Coyotes' victory impacted a couple larger streaks as well. Anaheim had won 10 straight at home against Phoenix, and claimed 11 of the last 13 meetings overall.

Ilja Bryzgalov was nearly as good, allowing one goal on 21 tries for the Ducks, who have lost three in a row and seven of their last 10 games.

"The biggest thing for us is not to panic, not point fingers," Ducks captain Chris Pronger said. "We're all making mistakes out there and we're learning from this bad stretch what it takes to win."

After a scoreless stalemate in the first, Weller lit the lamp 3:03 into the middle stanza to put the Coyotes out in front.

Weller took a feed from Niko Kapanen on a rush, moved into the right circle and released a wrister that found room short side.

The goaltenders took over from there, both withstanding steady pressure and quality chances to keep the score at 1-0.

Anaheim was the aggressor for much of the third -- outshooting Phoenix 11-7 in the frame -- but could not crack Auld. The netminder also got some help from the post midway through the period, keeping the Ducks off the board.

The suspense lasted until the final moments, with Anaheim mounting one last charge before time expired.

A scrum in front proved fruitless, however, giving Auld his third career shutout.

"I expected the Ducks to come out in the third and throw everything at us, but we showed a lot of poise," Auld said.

Game Notes

Anaheim was without center Ryan Getzlaf (upper body) and forward Rob Niedermayer (groin)...This was the opener of a three-game homestand for the Ducks...The Ducks were 0-for-6 on the power play.

10/26 01:22:42 ET


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