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Henrique scores two goals, Ducks hand Coyotes third straight loss

Gibson makes 25 saves for Anaheim; Arizona 1-5-1 in past seven games

by Dan Arritt / Independent Correspondent

Kase spins, sets up Henrique

ARI@ANA: Henrique scores off Kase's amazing pass

Ondrej Kase makes a spin move and dishes the puck to Adam Henrique, who scores his second goal of the game

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ANAHEIM -- Adam Henrique scored two goals for the Anaheim Ducks in a 4-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Honda Center on Wednesday.

John Gibson made 25 saves for Anaheim (20-25-5), which has won three of its past four games.

"Right from the start of the game, we got into our speed, got into our game," Henrique said. "We were shooting pucks and it paid off tonight."


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Vinnie Hinostroza and Lawson Crouse each had a goal and an assist, and Antti Raanta made 28 saves for Arizona (26-21-5), which has lost three in a row and is 1-5-1 in its past seven games.

The Coyotes, who played for the first time since Jan. 18, went 0-for-5 on the power play in their fifth consecutive road loss.

"We didn't play our best game today, and we know that," Hinostroza said. "We can make all the excuses we want for [the] first game back from break, but really we had three great practices and we should've had a better effort out there tonight."

Henrique gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead at 5:39 of the first period. Anaheim forward Troy Terry intercepted a pass by Coyotes defenseman Alex Goligoski in the neutral zone and took a shot from just above the left circle that went off Henrique's skate and past Raanta.

Video: ARI@ANA: Henrique tips puck by Raanta

Hinostroza finished a 3-on-2 rush to tie it at 7:18. Crouse took a pass from Nick Schmaltz at the Ducks blue line and quickly found Hinostroza in the slot, where he beat Gibson with a wrist shot to make it 1-1.

Henrique scored his second of the game at 16:09 of the first period to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead. Shortly after killing a power play, Ondrej Kase made a spinning backhand pass to Henrique, who chipped the puck over Raanta for his team-leading 17th goal of the season.

"It was a great play," Henrique said of Kase's pass. "He has that skill in his game. I tried to make a play in the middle for him, and he makes that next play. I just tried to get to the net and get a good stick on it."

Gibson made a sprawling glove save on a breakaway by Derek Stepan at 2:43 of the second period to preserve the one-goal lead.

"He got me on the fake pretty good. It was a good move on his part. I just tried to get something in front of it," Gibson said. "You've got to have a little bit of luck to be good, and I think I had a little bit of luck."

Hampus Lindholm then made it 3-1 when he reached out to keep the puck from exiting the Coyotes zone and scored on a slap shot at 5:25 of the second period.

Video: ARI@ANA: Lindholm blasts puck past Raanta

Crouse scored from just above the goal line to make it 3-2 at 16:01, but Carter Rowney responded shortly after a turnover by Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson for a shorthanded goal with 36 seconds left in the second period for the 4-2 final.

"They were excellent tonight," Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said of the penalty kill. "A few big kills and a couple right in a row there that were critical, so it's always great to see those guys get rewarded."

The Coyotes did not have a shot on goal in the final 12:36 of the game.

"We could've played much better," Crouse said. "We had a long time off there to kind of regroup and gather our energy. Obviously, it's a little upsetting coming back and playing that way. That's not to our identity. We need to play better."


They said it

"This is the time of year where everyone's trying to be there at the end of the year, trying to fight for a playoff spot. These games are going to get pretty rough, and we love that. It helps you get engaged in the game." -- Coyotes forward Vinnie Hinostroza

"Our execution was back, that was for sure, and for us to play well and to be able to play with teams like that, it has to start there. It was something we keyed on in practice, and with the execution comes pace, and we had some pace." -- Ducks coach Dallas Eakins


Need to know

Schmaltz had two assists, his first points in eight games. ... Coyotes forward Christian Fischer played his 200th NHL game. ... The Ducks have three shorthanded goals in the past four games and nine this season, one shy of their record most recently tied in 2017-18. ... Lindholm has a three-game point streak (one goal, two assists).


What's next

Coyotes: Host the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday (9:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-A, FS-A PLUS, FS-W, NHL.TV)

Ducks: Host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday (10 p.m. ET; SN, PRIME, SUN, NHL.TV)

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