Perry, Hiller lead Ducks past Coyotes
Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:09 AM
Once again, the Anaheim Ducks
blew a two-goal lead. Only this time, Corey Perry
was there to save the day.
Perry deflected Ryan Getzlaf
's centering feed past Jason LaBarbera
with 5:37 left, and Jonas Hiller
made 36 saves in the Anaheim Ducks
' 3-2 victory against the Phoenix Coyotes
at the Honda Center on Sunday night.
scored his first NHL goal, Toni Lydman
also scored, Perry added an assist, and Bobby Ryan
had three assists to help Anaheim improve to 2-3-1.
"We came back and found a way to win and we'll take those two points," Perry said. "We've just got to take care of our zone and we'll be alright."
The Ducks rebounded from a 5-4 shootout loss to Atlanta on Friday night in which they failed to protect a two-goal lead by surrendering a pair of power-play goals in the third period. They also had a two-goal edge against the Coyotes, but made things interesting by giving up goals to Scottie Upshall and Eric Belanger in the third.
"We've had a couple of tough games lately," Hiller said. "We ended up on our heels there a little bit. We were lucky and we're happy to get the win."
The Coyotes, who have lost three straight, dropped to 1-2-1. They fired 17 shots on goal in the third period.
"We came in and played a good (first) period and then got ourselves down two," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said. "Our desperation level raised in the third period and we got ourselves back in the game. Right now we're in close games and you've got to find a way to win those games. We're going to continue to work."
Fowler opened the scoring early in the second period, firing a wrist shot from just inside the blue line that hit the far post and careened in. It was Fowler's sixth NHL game after being drafted 12th overall this year.
"He's a special hockey player," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "He's young and energetic. That's the kind of skill that he displays. We think that he can do a lot more of that."
Fowler, though, was soon helped off the ice when he went crashing down and his head was pinned between the boards and Coyotes forward Shane Doan
knee. No penalty was called on the play and Fowler was evaluated in the locker room and ruled out a short time later.
"More precautionary than anything at this point," Carlyle said. "I don't know if his nose is broken. All I saw was the blood.
The Ducks padded the advantage in the second when Lydman took a pass through the crease from Ryan and beat LaBarbera for his second goal in as many games.
"If you just check my stats from previous years, I haven't been doing that too much," said Lydman, who had four goals last season with Buffalo. "It's nice to put a couple in there. Especially when we win, it feels so much better."
Phoenix, which hasn't won since its season-opening, 5-2 victory against Boston in Prague, returns to the ice on Thursday against the Los Angeles Kings at Jobing.com Arena.
"I thought we played with a lot of energy," Upshall said. "They buried a few chances, and that was the difference. We need to turn things around and get things going in the right direction."
Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.