NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Anaheim
(Sunday, November 29th)
Final Score: Phoenix 3, Anaheim 2 (OT)
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - James Vandermeer scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner in overtime, as the Phoenix Coyotes edged the Anaheim Ducks, 3-2, in a Pacific Division battle at Honda Center.
Matthew Lombardi also lit the lamp for the Coyotes, who have won two straight games after a two-game skid. Robert Lang had a pair of assists for Phoenix, which got 26 saves from Ilya Bryzgalov.
"It was one of those games where we kind of just hung in there - they kind of out-played us a little bit. We hung in there and kept to our game plan. We kept throwing pucks at the net. The first was just a rebound. The one in OT, Lang made a great play and I just put it on net," said Vandermeer.
Bobby Ryan and Ryan Getzlaf scored for the Ducks, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Corey Perry tallied an assist to set a franchise record with an 18-game point streak, topping the 17-game streak Teemu Selanne put together during the 1998-99 season.
Anaheim got 23 saves from Jean-Sebastien Giguere in defeat.
"It's important to focus on the positives. We found a way to get a point at the end in the last two minutes, so we should be happy about that. The game didn't go exactly the way we wanted. We know what we did wrong and what we did well," said Giguere.
In overtime, Vandermeer took a pass from Lang and fired a one-timer from the point that seemed to deflect off a stick as it trickled past Giguere at the 1:18 mark. The goal was reviewed to see if the puck was tipped by a high stick, but the score held up to give Phoenix the victory.
After a scoreless first period, the Ducks went on the power play when Sami Lepisto was called for hooking in the early stages of the second. Getzlaf's wrister found the back of the net at the 5:12 mark.
The Coyotes deadlocked the tilt at one on Vandermeer's wrist shot at the 5:28 mark of the third. Lombardi put Phoenix ahead 2-1 with a goal at the 10:07 mark.
Ryan's tip-in, his 11th score of the season, made it a 2-2 contest with 1:54 to play. Neither team scored the rest of the way to send the contest to overtime.
"We laid an egg in the first period and made it tough on ourselves. We got ahead and stopped skating in the third. They dominated the third period. Jiggy (Giguere) made a lot of saves early that you think would depress them at some point and get under their skin, but it didn't. They just kept hanging around," said Ryan.
Despite the loss, Anaheim has taken five of eight overall in the series. The Coyotes had dropped three in a row in Orange County...Phoenix was without top defenseman Ed Jovanovski (lower body) and forward Peter Mueller (upper body)...With an assist tonight, Selanne (593-639=1,232) moved into a share of 36th on the NHL's all-time points list with Phil Housley. He also grabbed sole possession of 59th on the NHL's all-time assists list. He is now just two assists shy from moving into a share of 58th (also Gary Suter)...Perry's 18- game streak matches the longest in the NHL since Phil Kessel (then with Boston) recorded an 18-game point streak from November 13-December 21, 2008 (14-14=28).
11/29 23:37:36 ET