NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Anaheim
(Sunday, March 22nd)
Final Score: Anaheim 6, Phoenix 2
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Ryan Getzlaf scored two power-play goals and added an assist, as the Anaheim Ducks topped the Phoenix Coyotes, 6-2, at Honda Center.
Scott Niedermayer finished with a goal and two assists for Anaheim, which moved into a tie with Minnesota for ninth in the Western Conference with 76 points, only one behind idle Nashville for the final playoff spot.
Corey Perry, George Parros and Andrew Ebbett each scored once for the Ducks, while Chris Pronger added three assists. Anaheim equaled a season high with four power-play tallies, as the club extended its win streak to three games for the first time since a four-game run from November 22-30.
Jonas Hiller made 26 saves in the win.
"A little bit of momentum helps," said Parros. "We definitely need to win our fair share in the last little bit, so it's real nice."
Petr Prucha and Shane Doan scored for Phoenix, which dropped the lopsided game one day after beating Vancouver 5-1. The Coyotes have lost two of three and seven of nine overall. Ilya Bryzgalov allowed all six goals on 30 shots in the loss.
Anaheim held a one-goal lead in the third period, but blew the game apart with three consecutive power-play scores.
At the 8:49 mark, Getzlaf snapped his blade to the ice with perfect timing, as he tipped a Niedermayer shot past Bryzgalov to boost Anaheim's lead to 4-2.
The Ducks played the final 3:40 with the man-advantage after the Coyotes' Scottie Upshall was given a double-minor for high-sticking. They took advantage, as Getzlaf added another goal with 3:19 remaining, and Ebbett made it a four-goal game with 2:53 left.
"Tonight it was our specialty teams," said Doan. "We gave up, I think, four power-play goals, I don't think we had any and that is the difference."
Niedermayer got Anaheim on the board with a power-play goal only 4:55 into the game, as he tipped in a blistering low shot from Pronger on the right side of the ice. Then, with the Ducks on a rush later in the period, Parros snapped the puck from the right side for a 2-0 Ducks lead.
Prucha scored only 48 seconds into the middle frame, but Perry restored Anaheim's two-goal lead with his 24th goal of the season near the midway point of the period. Doan notched his 28th goal with 5:13 remaining to bring Phoenix within 3-2.
Phoenix went 0-for-4 on the power play...These teams played on Thursday, with the Ducks coming away 3-2 winners in the shootout...Anaheim plays at Nashville on Tuesday...Phoenix hosts Edmonton this upcoming Thursday.
03/23 01:37:24 ET