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Coyotes Beat Ducks in Preseason Opener

Arizona cruised to victory on Wednesday night in first of six exhibition games

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

Christian Fischer and Clayton Keller each notched two goals and one assist to lead the Coyotes to a 5-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday in a preseason game at Honda Center.

Max Domi chipped in a goal and an assist for Arizona, which was playing the first of its six exhibition games. 

Louis Domingue stopped 20 of 21 shots faced over the first two periods. Hunter Miska tended net for the Coyotes in the third period and stopped all three shots he faced.

Each team was called for 10 penalties in the game, the first of two in the preseason between these Pacific Division clubs. They will gather for a rematch in Tucson on Monday.

Fischer gave the Coyotes a 1-0 lead at 0:24 of the first period when he scored on the first of Arizona's 31 shots on goal.

Tied 1-1, Keller put Arizona ahead to stay when he scored at 5:10 of the second period. 

Fischer and Domi scored three minutes apart late in the second period, and Keller netted his second goal during a power play with 1:22 left in the game.

Coyotes forward Mario Kempe led all players with four shots on goal in 14:49 of ice time, and defenseman Luke Schenn delivered three hits, tallied an assist and finished plus-3.

Max Jones scored for Anaheim. Goalie Kevin Boyle played the entire game for the Ducks and made 26 saves.

The Coyotes will next play on Friday night at Calgary. Arizona's first home preseason game is Saturday vs. San Jose.

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