GLENDALE, Ariz. – Same teams. Same score. Same result.
Two nights after the Coyotes slowed down the red-hot Anaheim Ducks with a 5-4 overtime win here, Oliver Ekman Larsson snapped a deadlock in the fifth round of the shootout and Phoenix downed the Ducks for another 5-4 triumph.
Mike Smith made 27 saves during play and stopped Teemu Selanne, Corey Perry, Nick Bonino in the shootout, allowing one to Ryan Getzlaf. Jonas Hiller made 36 saves for Anaheim during regulation and overtime and stopped Mikkel Boedker, Antoine Vermette and Shane Doan in the shootout, but Steve Sullivan scored in the second round before Ekman-Larsson tallied the clincher off the right post.
The win jumped the Coyotes from ninth place all the way to fourth in the skin-tight Western Conference playoff race with 25 points.
Anaheim's big guns -- Getzlaf, Perry, Ryan and Selanne -- were a combined minus-9 with one point in the loss here Saturday. But they were much more active in the rematch.
Getzlaf had a goal and two assists, Perry had a goal and an assist and Ryan gave the Ducks their second lead of the third period with a goal. Matt Belesky also scored for the Ducks, who came to town 15-3-1 but suffered two setbacks in 48 hours.
But as they did Saturday, the Coyotes matched Anaheim's firepower. Vermette, Keith Yandle, Doan and Michael Stone scored for Phoenix. Stone's goal, the fifth in a span of 7:57 between the second and third period, tied it 4-4 with 12:11 left in regulation and forced another overtime.
The Ducks had eight of the first nine shots Monday, but needed a little longer to cash in. Beleskey, taking a spot next to Getzlaf and Perry for the injured Kyle Palmieri, took a Getzlaf pass in the slot and used a Perry screen to beat Smith at 10:12.
The Coyotes uncharacteristically lost 16 of 27 faceoffs in the first period, but won a big one early in the second. Vermette won an attacking zone faceoff and went to the net as Ekman-Larsson let a shot go from the point. Hiller stopped it but the rebound was waiting for Vermette to pound home at the 59-second mark. It was Vermette's sixth goal of the year and the 150th of his career.
A few minutes later, Hiller air-mailed a puck over the glass for a delay of game penalty and the Coyotes cashed in on their third opportunity of the game. Ekman-Larsson carried the puck into the Anaheim zone and found Yandle at the point. Yandle's shot from the point deflected off an Anaheim skater and dipped under Hiller for a power-play goal at 6:34. For Yandle, who has four goals and 13 points in his last 14 games against the Ducks, the goal was his 200th National Hockey League point.
The Coyotes got another late power-play chance, but an opportunity turned into last-second disaster. Yandle's pass was broken up by Perry and the bouncing puck sent Getzlaf down the ice alone. Getzlaf picked out the far corner from the left circle and put it past Smith with 7.8 seconds left in the period. It was the first shorthanded goals scored by Anaheim and the first allowed by Phoenix all year.
Anaheim took their first lead of the game by capitalizing on a Zbynek Michalek tripping penalty. Getzlaf wristed a shot toward the net that Perry deflected in the slot past a helpless Smith at 1:55 for his sixth goal. But the lead didn't last long.
Just 12 seconds later, Kyle Chipchura corralled a puck in the neutral zone and fed Doan, who pinged the post behind Hiller for a huge milestone goal. Doan not only collected his 800th career point, he passed Keith Tkachuk for second place on the all-time franchise goals list with the 324th goal as a Coyote.
But the see-saw was just starting. At 6:31, Rostislav Klesla coughed up a puck in his own corner and Bonino found Ryan all along in the slot for a point-blank goal by Smith. The Ducks had their second lead of the period at 4-3, but it didn't last long, either.
Just 1:18 later, Chipchura smothered an Anaheim clearing attempt in the Phoenix zone and pushed it to Stone at the point. His low shot found its way past Hiller and for the second straight game, it would take five goals to win.
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