NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Anaheim|
(Sunday, April 6th)
Final Score: Anaheim 3, Phoenix 2 (SO)
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Ryan Getzlaf recorded the game-winner in the
fourth round of the shootout, as Anaheim edged Phoenix, 3-2, in the season
finale for both teams at Honda Center.
With the shootout tied at two goals apiece, Getzlaf stickhandled in close and
slid a backhander through the pads of Ilya Bryzgalov. Daniel Carcillo could
have extended the extra session, but Jonas Hiller turned away his forehand
shot to end the game.
Chris Kunitz and Bobby Ryan scored in regulation for the Ducks, who finished
the season with five wins in their last six games.
"They are tough games to play," said Kunitz, of season finales. "The only
thing beneficial for us was to get those extra two points. It took us a little
while to get kick-started. It wasn't a very entertaining game. There wasn't a
whole lot of hitting and it wasn't really physical. That's not our style of
The defending Stanley Cup champions completed the year as the fourth seed in
the Western Conference at 47-27-8 for 102 points and earned home-ice advantage
in their first-round playoff series against division-rival Dallas. Anaheim
begins its first-round series with Dallas on Thursday.
Hiller stopped 32 shots in regulation for his 10th win of the season.
Carcillo hit the net twice for the Coyotes, who ended the season with
four losses in their last five. Phoenix completed their regular-season slate
at 38-37-7, a 16-point improvement from last year.
Bryzgalov took the loss despite a 41-save performance.
"I like to be in this position," said Bryzgalov, on taking the starting role
in Phoenix. "When I play a lot, I carry these guys on my shoulders. I like to
play for these guys who play really hard in front of me. We made mistakes,
like everybody, me too. But we've got a good group of young guys. I think if
we continue to work hard, work with passion, we will be in the playoffs really
Carcillo notched a power-play goal to give Phoenix a 1-0 edge with 4:49 left
the second period. The score was notable since Kyle Turris notched his first
NHL point in his third pro game with a primary assist.
The Coyotes went up 2-0 on Carcillo's second of the contest exactly four
minutes into the third, but Kunitz cut the Ducks deficit in half with 7:01
left in regulation.
Ryan notched the tying goal 43 seconds later as his floating shot through
traffic in the right circle caromed off Keith Ballard's back and Bryzgalov's
shoulder before hitting the net.
The Coyotes won five of the eight meetings this season...Anaheim improved to
8-7 in shootouts, while Phoenix fell to 5-6...Only two infractions were
whistled in the game, both to the Ducks...The last time the Coyotes franchise
did not have penalty in a game was December 30, 1981 when the Winnipeg Jets
accomplished the feat against the Hartford Whalers.
04/07 00:47:34 ET