NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Anaheim
(Wednesday, March 7th)
Final Score: Anaheim 2, Phoenix 1
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Joe DiPenta scored a fluke goal with 8:02 remaining in the game to lift the Anaheim Ducks over the Phoenix Coyotes, 2-1, at the Honda Center.
Ric Jackman also scored while Jean-Sebastien Giguere turned away 24 shots for Anaheim, which has won three in a row.
Shane Doan recorded his 23rd goal of the season and Mikael Tellqvist made 24 saves for the Coyotes, who have dropped three straight.
The game had the makings of a high-scoring affair early on, as each team struck within the first 5:15.
Phoenix got things going just 31 ticks into the contest on a rebound putback by Doan.
The Ducks countered with a power-play marker moments later, when Jackman took a feed from Corey Perry between the circles and fired a one-timer past the glove of Tellqvist.
The offenses went cold from there, however, with both teams staying off the scoreboard for nearly 47 minutes of game time.
A few fortunate bounces finally broke the deadlock with 8:02 remaining in the game. DiPenta controlled the puck inside the right circle and blasted a shot that caromed off one Phoenix player, into the slot, and then off Steven Reinprecht before settling in the net.
That was just minutes after a Chris Kunitz shot from the doorstep was cleared away by Michael Zigomanis just before the puck wobbled over the goal line.
Giguere kept the Coyotes off the board the rest of the way to preserve the win.
The Ducks were playing without star defenseman Chris Pronger, who will be out about two weeks because of a broken bone in his toe...The Coyotes have lost in each of their last 10 visits to Anaheim, including four previous trips this season. Phoenix last won as the visitor in this series on October 12, 2003...Attendance was 17,174.
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