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Ducks rally, defeat Coyotes in Tocchet's debut

Rakell breaks tie with 3:30 remaining in third period

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Rickard Rakell scored with 3:30 remaining in the third period, and the Anaheim Ducks rallied from three goals down to defeat the Arizona Coyotes in Rick Tocchet's debut as coach 5-4 at Honda Center on Thursday.

Andrew Cogliano assisted on the game-winner, and scored the tying goal at 13:45 of the third.

 

[WATCH: All Coyotes vs. Ducks highlights]

 

The Ducks rallied from three goals down to win in regulation for the first time since a 5-4 victory against the Colorado Avalanche on March 22, 2006.

"We had a pretty slow start to this game, but we still had a good feeling after the first period (down 2-1)," Rakell said. "We just wanted to restart and focus on the things we could do better. When we got the first goal and second goal (to pull within 4-3 in the second period) I thought we changed the momentum."

Video: ARI@ANA: Perry fires a laser shot past Domingue

Corey Perry had two goals and an assist, and Rakell and Cogliano each had a goal and two assists for the Ducks, who are 2-9-0 in their past 11 season openers.

Alex Goligoski matched his NHL career high with three assists, Max Domi had a goal and an assist, Clayton Keller scored his first NHL goal and Christian Fischer scored his fourth in his eighth NHL game for the Coyotes.

Domi (8:20) and Fischer (13:50) each scored a power-play goal in the second period to help the Coyotes take a 4-1 lead.

"Up 4-1 and we started to back off," Tocchet said. "It's hard to win in this league, really hard. You got to be able to play hard and I thought we started to back up. Certain individuals backing up. Couple of key players making some bad giveaways and that's what happened."

Perry redirected a centering pass from Rakell to make it 4-2 at 15:23, and Ondrej Kase beat Arizona goalie Louis Domingue 31 seconds later to pull Anaheim within 4-3.

Video: ARI@ANA: Perry crashes the net for his second goal

The Coyotes took a 1-0 lead at 4:44 of the first period on a goal by Anthony Duclair.

Arizona made it 2-0 at 8:32 when Goligoski took a shot that hit the stick of Ducks defenseman Josh Manson. Keller took possession, spun and beat Ducks goalie John Gibson.

The Ducks scored 44 seconds later when Rakell stopped a clearing pass and spotted Perry free on the opposite side. Perry took his time before beating Domingue with a quick wrist shot to make it 2-1.

Gibson had 26 saves, five while shutting out the Coyotes in the third period. Domingue had 36 saves.

Anaheim played without its two leading point scorers from last season. Ryan Getzlaf has a lower-body injury and Ryan Kesler is recovering from offseason hip surgery.

Video: ARI@ANA: Kase roofs slick feed from Slifverberg

 

Goal of the game

Rakell trapped the puck before it left the Arizona zone, passed it down low to Cogliano, who gave it back to Rakell at the right circle. Rakell shot a one-timer off the glove of Domingue and into the net for the game-winner.

Video: ARI@ANA: Rakell puts Ducks ahead on one-timer

 

Save of the game

Coyotes forward Derek Stepan got between two defenders as he skated into the Anaheim zone on a Ducks power play in the second period. Stepan got off a shot that Gibson saved while making the splits at 10:45. Gibson regained sight of the puck in front of him just as Arizona forward Christian Dvorak came through the slot and took another shot that Gibson turned away.

Video: ARI@ANA: Gibson stones Stepan, Dvorak in front

 

Highlight of the game

The Ducks trailed 4-3 in the third period when Perry trapped the puck in the corner and quickly sent a centering pass that Cogliano redirected into the net to tie the score.

Video: ARI@ANA: Cogliano jams home perfect feed from Perry

 

They said it

"We got the emotions going in the right direction for us because it was frustration for the better part of the hockey game, specifically early." -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle

 

"The six guys on the ice have to be accountable for making plays and we let it slip." -- Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue

 

Need to know

Duclair has nine points (seven goals, two assists) in nine career games against the Ducks. ... Rakell tied a NHL career high with two assists and a plus-3 rating. ... Cogliano matched his NHL career high with three points. ... Anaheim defenseman Brandon Montour established a NHL career high with a plus-3 rating.

 

What's next

Coyotes: Host the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday (9 p.m. ET, FS-A, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV)

Ducks: Host the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday (10 p.m. ET, PRIME, NBCSP, NHL.TV)

 

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