NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Phoenix
(Tuesday, January 27th)
Final Score: Anaheim 7, Phoenix 3
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Corey Perry and Chris Kunitz both scored twice to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 7-3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.
Rob Niedermayer, Travis Moen and Bobby Ryan also scored for the Ducks, who began the post All-Star portion of the schedule by stopping a two-game skid. Jonas Hiller made 23 saves in the victory.
"Hopefully this is a building block moving forward for us, and if we continue to get some good bounces, we'll be in good shape," said Perry.
Shane Doan scored two goals for inconsistent Phoenix, which is 6-5 in January and will travel to San Jose for a contest against the Sharks on Thursday. Mikkel Boedker recorded the other Phoenix goal while Ilya Bryzgalov surrendered seven goals on 37 shots in the loss.
"They wanted the game more than we did," said Phoenix head coach Wayne Gretzky.
After Boedker's power-play goal midway through the opening period, the Ducks knotted the score at the 17:07 mark of the first due to a strong defensive play by Ryan Getzlaf. The Coyotes tried to emerge from their defensive zone, but Getzlaf intercepted a pass, skated toward the net and left a drop pass for Kunitz, who easily buried a one-timer from the low slot.
An odd double-deflection goal gave the Ducks a 2-1 lead only 25 seconds into the second stanza. While on the power play, Scott Niedermayer released a soft wrist shot from the right point that bounced off of Ryan in the slot, then deflected off the body of Perry near the top of the crease and flew into the back of the cage.
Doan's wrist shot from the low right circle one minute later made it 2-2.
Anaheim then scored twice within a 45-second span for a two-goal edge.
Following a rebound goal by Kunitz at the 6:35 mark of the second, the Ducks lit the lamp again less than a minute later. A faceoff win inside the left circle saw the puck drawn back to the centerpoint for a one-timer by Pronger. Rob Niedermayer, from the low slot, redirected the disc on its way to the net and the change in direction fooled Bryzgalov.
Doan's second marker of the period brought the hosts within 4-3 at 17:24, but the visitors broke the backs of the Coyotes with a goal in the final seconds of the stanza. Scott Niedermayer, from behind the net, centered the puck before Moen slid it home with a one-timer along the ice from atop the crease with three seconds to play before the second intermission.
"That was huge -- when you're in the last minute of a period, you never want to give up (a goal), especially when you have a faceoff in your own zone," Doan said. "You have to give them credit. They drove the net on every chance they got and buried their chances."
Ryan's 16th goal of the season -- a rebound one-timer from below the left circle -- at the 2:15 mark of the final session made it 6-3 before Perry capped the scoring with 6:29 remaining in regulation.
The Ducks converted their only power-play chance, while the hosts were 1-for-5 with the extra skater...Ryan, with 16 goals, leads all NHL rookies in goals...Bryzgalov allowed four goals on 13 shots in the second period.
01/28 00:50:02 ET