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Coyotes rally, defeat Ducks in shootout

by Curtis Zupke

ANAHEIM -- The Anaheim Ducks kept coming at the Arizona Coyotes in the third period, but goalie Mike Smith held his ground and led the Coyotes to a hard-earned two points.

Sam Gagner and Mikkel Boedker scored and Smith stopped two of three attempts in the shootout to give the Coyotes a 3-2 win against Anaheim on Friday at Honda Center.

Gagner lifted a backhander past Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen and Boedker deked and scored on a snap shot. Smith, who made 37 saves through overtime, stopped Devante Smith-Pelly and made Ryan Kesler miss to seal Arizona's third straight win and complete a comeback from an early two-goal deficit.

"I think it's a confidence-builder for our group," Smith said. "We've won three in a row now. It's a boost for our team to beat a top team in the League. Hopefully we can keep it rolling."

Arizona coach Dave Tippett said it was probably Smith's best game of the season. Smith made 15 saves in the third period and overtime and backstopped three penalty kills in the third. The Coyotes also blocked 21 shots.

"They have such good depth in this team that you have no time for a break at any time in the game, so I thought it was a good game," Smith said. "It was busy, but I thought they did a great job in front of me to let me see. We blocked a ton and got a big win."

It was a missed opportunity and another health concern for the Ducks, who got captain Ryan Getzlaf back from a bout with flu-like symptoms but defenseman Cam Fowler left the game with a lower-body injury after he played five shifts in the third. Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said Fowler is day-to-day.

Anaheim came agonizingly close to scoring in the third period. Andrew Cogliano shot wide on a late-developing 2-on-0 pass from William Karlsson. The Ducks got three power plays against Arizona's 27th-ranked penalty kill but couldn't convert despite some good looks each time. Anaheim's normally high-powered offense has scored more than two goals once in the past seven games.

"We had so many Grade A chances," Boudreau said. "We've got to score those. That's what happens when you're a team right now basically averaging two goals a game for the last five or six games. You're squeezing the sticks tight, and the ones normally going in are not going in."

Arizona erased a 2-0 deficit with two goals in 58 seconds early in the second period.Rob Klinkhammer tipped inMartin Hanzal's pass at 3:55 after the Coyotes hemmed in the Ducks. Shane Doan scored on a wrist shot from the left side to finish a rush at 4:53, a goal that prompted Boudreau to call his timeout and chastise his team's lackadaisical backcheck.

It was Doan's 33rd career goal against the Ducks, which moved him past Brett Hull for the most scored against Anaheim.

"We started to get some energy and then our whole game kind of picked up," Doan said. "Our feet started moving. Everyone started playing with a little more compete. There wasn't too many nice things said to us by [Tippett] halfway through the first; a little bit of a kick in the butt to kind of get us going. But they're a great team, and when they turn it up they can really wheel and we were kind of back on our heels to start [the second]."

Matt Beleskey gave Anaheim a 2-0 lead when he bumped Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy off the puck at the half wall and headed to the net to chip in Jakob Silfverberg's rebound at 8:49 of the first period. Beleskey has seven goals, two shy of his total in 55 games last season and four shy of his career-high 11 in 2009-10.

Getzlaf scored a goal in his return, but linemate and NHL goal-scoring leader Corey Perry missed his second game with the same illness.

Getzlaf showed he was in fine health with his fourth goal this season 5:02 into the game, a one-timer from his knee on the power play after Sami Vatanen made a pass while falling forward.

Anaheim pointed to the start of the second period for the lost point.

"I think it got away from us for six minutes," Kesler said. "We were the better team tonight and we deserved better. We would've won that game in overtime if it kept going. It's a shootout loss, and we were the better team tonight."

It was the sixth straight game in which Arizona allowed a power-play goal. The Coyotes have been outscored 19-9 in the first period this season.

Anaheim defenseman Bryan Allen made his season debut.

Arizona snapped a five-game losing streak against the Ducks, dating to its last win on April 27, 2013.

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