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Ducks 2, Coyotes 1

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Travis Moen and Andy McDonald tallied third period goals as the Ducks came back to defeat the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 on Wednesday night at Honda Center.

JS Giguere stopped 24 shots backstopping Anaheim to their second-straight victory coming out of last week's All-Star break.

Anaheim improved their Pacific division-leading record to 32-12-8 with 72 points in the NHL standings.

Moen tied it at 7:33 of the third period with the Coyotes facing a delayed penalty situation. The Anaheim checker picked up the rebound of his own shot, spun in the face off circle and fired a wrist shot over the shoulder of Phoenix netminder Curtis Joseph.

During the delayed penalty, two penalties were called on the Coyotes giving Anaheim their third power play of the game. Travis Roche went off for interference and Oleg Saprykin's hook was negated.

On the ensuing man-advantage situation, McDonald gave the Ducks a 2-1 lead. McDonald one-timed a pass from linemate Teemu Selanne in front of the Phoenix net for his 15th goal of the season at 8:55 of the third period.

The Coyotes struck first on a first period goal by Fredrik Sjostrom. Phoenix defenseman Keith Ballard sent a long pass into the Anaheim zone that got between Ducks d-men Francois Beauchemin and Ric Jackman. Sjostrom got in alone on JS Giguere and deked to his forehand beating the Anaheim netminder for his sixth goal of the season at 17:10.

The Ducks now head to the road to face the conference-leading Nashville Predators on Saturday before meeting Pacific rival San Jose for a home-and-home Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.


20:00 - END OF GAME - FINAL SHOTS - ANA 40, PHX 25

8:55 - ANAHEIM GOAL - ANDY MCDONALD (15).  Teemu Selanne feeds McDonald in front who one-times it past Curtis Joseph to give Anaheim a 2-1 lead.  Selanne and Chris Pronger get the assists.

7:33 - PHX PEN - Travis Roche - minor for interference.

7:33 - ANAHEIM GOAL - TRAVIS MOEN (7).  On a delayed penalty, Moen picks up the rebound of his own shot, spins in the circle and fires a wrist shot over Curtis Joseph's left shoulder.  Chris Kunitz gets the assist.

5:16 - ANA PEN - Chris Kunitz - minor for interference.  Phoenix goes on their third power play tonight.

0:00 - The third period has begun at Honda Center.


20:00 - END OF 2ND PERIOD.  SHOTS: ANA 10-24, PHX 11-21.

10:31 - ANA PEN - Chris Pronger - minor for cross checking.  Phoenix goes on their second power play of the game.

0:00 - The second period is under way.  The Ducks have 50 seconds remaining their second power play.


20:00 - END OF 1ST PERIOD.  SHOTS: ANA 14, PHX 10.

18:50 - PHX PEN - Patrick Fischer - minor for tripping.  This is Anaheim's second power play.

17:01 - PHOENIX GOAL - FREDRIK SJOSTROM (6).  Sjostrom gets in between the Anaheim defense and in on a breakaway on JS Giguere.  Sjostrom dekes to his forehand and beats the Anaheim netminder to give Phoenix a 1-0 lead.  The assist goes to Keith Ballard.

12:02 - ANA PEN - Ryan Getzlaf - minor for interference.  Phoenix goes on their first power play.  The Coyotes are 15.4% efficient on the power play (26th NHL).  The Ducks are killing at 85.5% (5th NHL).

2:40 - PHX PEN - Mike Zigomanis - minor for cross checking.  Anaheim goes on their first power play.  The Ducks are operating at 21.8% (3rd NHL) with the man advantage.  Phoenix is killing at 78.9% (28th NHL).

0:00 - The first period is under way at Honda Center between the Ducks and Coyotes.


Starters: ANA 35 G JS Giguere, 5 D Ric Jackman, 23 D Francois Beauchemin, 8 RW Teemu Selanne, C 19 Andy McDonald, 14 LW Chris Kunitz; PHX 31 G Curtis Joseph, D 2 Keith Ballard, 53 D Derek Morris, 11 RW Owen Nolan, 28 C Steven Reinprecht, 20 LW Fredrik Sjostrom

Scratches: ANA 29 G Sebastien Caron, 16 RW George Parros, 27 D Scott Niedermayer; PHX 24 LW Josh Gratton.


Few teams can lose one Norris Trophy winner to injury and replace him with another. The Anaheim Ducks are fortunate to be in that exclusive group.

The Ducks look to continue their dominance over the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday night when the Pacific Division rivals meet for the fifth time this season.

Although goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere refused to blame his team's recent four-game losing streak on injuries, there is no doubt the Ducks (31-12-8) aren't nearly as formidable without him and defensemen Chris Pronger and Francois Beauchemin.

Pronger returned to the lineup Sunday after missing nine games with a broken left foot and Giguere made 30 saves after missing more than a month with a strained groin, helping Anaheim end its skid with a 4-1 victory over visiting Dallas.

"We all know that injuries are part of this game, but it's not an excuse whether we're going to win or lose. It's about 20 guys working hard," Giguere said. "The fact that the three of us were injured had nothing to do with us losing some games. It had everything to do with guys not bearing down in our zone and not doing the little things we were doing at the beginning of the season."

While Pronger, who won the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman with St. Louis in 1999-00, returned to the lineup, Scott Niedermayer, the Norris Trophy winner in 2003-04 with New Jersey, missed his first game this season because of a stress fracture in his right foot.

Niedermayer, the league leader among defensemen with 44 points, is questionable for Wednesday.

"We don't really have an exact timetable on how this thing might work out," said Niedermayer, who sat out the All-Star game to give his foot time to heal. "I'm under the impression that it's not going to be too long."

Andy McDonald scored twice and fellow All-Star Teemu Selanne added a goal and an assist Sunday for the Ducks, who had been 5-9-2 since opening the season 25-3-6.

Anaheim's slump coincided with the injury to Giguere, who is 12-2-0 in his last 14 starts.

"It was frustrating being out, but you can't put your emotion on how the team is going because that's putting your energy in the wrong place," he said. "There's nothing you can do at that point except come back healthy and strong for yourself."

The Ducks have won three of the first four meetings of the season with the Coyotes (23-25-2) and had taken eight straight in the series before a 2-0 road loss Dec. 23.

Anaheim has won eight in a row at home against Phoenix since a 2-0 defeat on Oct. 12, 2003. The Ducks have scored 23 goals in their last four home matchups with the Coyotes.

Phoenix failed in a bid for its third straight win Saturday, allowing five unanswered goals in a 7-2 loss to Pittsburgh. It was the fifth loss in eight games for the Coyotes since they won a season-best seven straight from Dec. 28-Jan. 9.

"When you tie the game up at 2-2 you feel you're right in the game," captain Shane Doan said. "Then they just beat us. They beat us all night."

Mikael Tellqvist surrendered a career-worst seven goals, and has yielded 22 in his past five starts.

Doan has 10 goals and nine assists in his last 15 games overall, but has been limited to one point in his last four meetings with Anaheim.

- Associated Press

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