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Ducks place second in Pacific Division with win against Coyotes

Anaheim gets home-ice advantage against Sharks in first round of playoffs

by Craig Morgan / NHL.com Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Anaheim Ducks finished in second place in the Pacific Division with a 3-0 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Saturday.

The Ducks have 101 points, one point ahead of the San Jose Sharks, who lost to the Minnesota Wild 6-3 on Saturday. The Ducks will play the Sharks in the First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with home-ice advantage. 

 

[WATCH: All Ducks vs. Coyotes highlights]

 

"It's kind of crazy to think that way with where we've come from," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said of finishing second after an injury-riddled season. "We had a plan and we tried to execute a plan. I'm not standing here saying it was perfect by any means. We had lots of speed bumps along the way, but it's about trying to garner points and move up in the standings."

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Ryan Miller made 31 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and 43rd of his NHL career. It was Miller's 370th NHL win to move past Tom Barrasso and into 18th place on the NHL all-time wins list.

Adam Henrique, Rickard Rakell and Hampus Lindholm scored for Anaheim (44-25-13), which has won five straight and is 10-1-1 in its past 12 games.

Video: ANA@ARI: Lindholm scores long-range ENG to seal game

"I think we're in a good spot," Henrique said. "Obviously there's familiarity there. They've been playing really well, but our focus needs to be on ourselves and our game and what we need to do in order to have success."

Antti Raanta made 24 saves for Arizona (29-41-12), which lost two straight games (0-1-1) to end its season but went 11-7-2 in its final 20 games, and 20-14-7 in 2018.

"I thought we got better from October so there's some good, positive things, but we've got a lot of work to do," said Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet, whose team started the season 1-12-1. "I have a grocery list. We've just got to keep pushing the pedal. We can't stand pat. We can't pat ourselves on the back, 'hey, we had a great second half.' No, we're still one of the bottom teams."

Anaheim took a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal by Henrique at 10:54 of the first period. Raanta stopped Rakell's slap shot from the top of the right face-off circle, but Corey Perry and Henrique whacked at the rebound until Henrique pushed it between Raanta's pads for his 24th goal of the season.

Perry's assist was his 400th in the NHL.

Rakell made it 2-0 with his 34th goal of the season at 16:17 of the second period. Ryan Getzlaf found Rakell alone in the slot with a pass from behind the net and Rakell beat Raanta high to the glove side.

Lindholm scored into an empty net with four seconds left in the third period to make it 3-0.

 

Goal of the game

Henrique's goal at 10:54 of the first period.

Video: ANA@ARI: Henrique pots PPG for Perry's 400th assist

 

Save of the game

Miller's save on Nick Cousins at 12:42 of the first period.

Video: ANA@ARI: Miller uses his pad to turn away Cousins

 

Highlight of the game

Rakell's goal at 16:17 of the second period.

Video: ANA@ARI: Rakell buries Getzlaf's dish to extend lead

 

They said it

"This last stretch of hockey is very important and it didn't look like I would be playing a role in that for a while. I'm happy to contribute and do my job." -- Ducks goalie Ryan Miller on filling in for injured starter John Gibson

 

"It wasn't the game we were looking for but at the same time I'm proud of the guys. It's not easy to play in these games that we don't really have anything, standing-wise, to play for." -- Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson

 

Need to know

The Ducks reached 100 points for the seventh time in their history and are the ninth team in NHL history with five straight 100-point seasons. … Getzlaf has four points (all assists) in his past six games after scoring 19 points (three goals, 16 assists) in his previous 11 games. … Rakell has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his past 11 games. … Coyotes forward Max Domi had 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in his final 11 games. … Coyotes forward Clayton Keller had 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in his final 15 games, and points in 13 of 15.

 

What's next

Ducks: Host the San Jose Sharks in Game 1 of Western Conference First Round, TBA

Coyotes: Season over

 

Video: Miller shuts out Yotes for Ducks' fifth-straight win

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