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Ondrej Kase gives Ducks first win in OT

Scores with 36 seconds left to hand Coyotes ninth straight loss

by Abbey Mastracco / Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Ondrej Kase scored with 36 seconds left in overtime to give the Anaheim Ducks a 3-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Honda Center on Friday.

Goalie Mike Smith made a save on Kase, but the goalie's stick broke and he bobbled the puck attempting to clear it. Kase was able to get to it in time to sweep it past him for what he said was his first overtime goal at any level.

"I saw Smith with the puck. I don't know what happened though," Kase said. "I was surprised. I saw the puck and just shot it."


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What happened was, the knob on Smith's stick broke and he failed to get the puck out of the crease.

"The way things are going right now, my stick breaks, I didn't get anything on it, and it ends up in the back of the net," Smith said. "I tried to do too much."

Anaheim (20-12-8) won its third straight and got its first win in eight overtime games this season.

Joseph Cramarossa and Chris Wagner scored for the Ducks. John Gibson made 21 saves.

Kase had a point in consecutive games for the first time in his 25-game NHL career and has three goals in his past six games.

"If you look at the game as a whole for him, he had four quality scoring chances and he was around the puck all night," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said.

Martin Hanzal and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored for the Coyotes (11-22-6), who lost their ninth straight game. Smith made 32 saves.

"We battled hard," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. "We played with an unbelievable amount of desperation and hung in there. It's too bad we couldn't get the win."

Cramarossa deflected Corey Perry's wrist shot past Smith at 6:35 of the first period to make it 1-0. Hanzal tied it 1-1 1:19 into the second.

Wagner, who was in the American Hockey League for 13 of the Ducks' past 14 games, scored his first NHL goal since Oct. 25 at 16:05 of the second right off the faceoff to put Anaheim ahead 2-1.

Ekman-Larsson tied it 2-2 with a power-play goal 3:12 into the third.

The Coyotes lost three players in the third period. Forward Jordan Martinook (upper body) did not play, and Hanzal (lower body) and defenseman Jacob Chychrun (upper body) left the game.

The Ducks played a second straight game without captain Ryan Getzlaf (lower body).

Goal of the game

After getting tied up with Ekman-Larrson, Kase jumped up and bolted to the front of the crease to bat the puck past a diving Smith.

Video: ARI@ANA: Kase takes advantage of Smith's OT blunder


Save of the game

Credit Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa. Gibson dove to deflect a shot by Anthony Duclair; it hit off the crossbar and came to rest in front of the goal line. Bieksa came in behind Gibson and swept it away.


Unsung performance of the game

Rickard Rakell, playing center on the top line in place of Getzlaf, started the sequence that led to Cramarossa's goal. Rakell won a puck battle on the forecheck, came up top and passed to Josh Manson, who passed the puck on Perry's tape. His shot went off Cramarossa's stick past Smith.

Video: ARI@ANA: Cramarossa redirects Perry's smooth wrister


Highlight of the game

Hanzal came in from the left side to take a cross-ice pass from Anthony Duclair and tip it in.

Video: ARI@ANA: Hanzal deflects Duclair's feed into the net


They said it

"Trying to keep the play going, I guess. During this string, we got ourselves in position where we battled hard, and a mistake beats us." -- Coyotes coach Dave Tippett on losing nine straight


"We finally got the monkey off our back. It's been too long and too many points that went by the wayside. Tonight we found a way to get it done. It's nice to see a young kid, who had lots of chances in the game, deliver in overtime." -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle

Need to know

Anaheim lost three overtime games from Dec. 22-30. It last won in overtime on March 26 (4-3 at the Ottawa Senators). … Kase said he never scored an overtime goal playing in the Czech Republic or with the national team. … The Ducks' next game is their first against former coach Bruce Boudreau and the Minnesota Wild.

What's next

Coyotes: Host the New York Islanders on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; FS-A, MSG+2, NHL.TV)

Ducks: Host the Minnesota Wild on Sunday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV)

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