ANAHEIM, Calif. - Quite a lively bunch, the youth-infused Phoenix Coyotes.
Rookies Kyle Turris and Mikkel Boedker both scored for the first time in the NHL, and college hockey's outstanding player of 2007-08, Kevin Porter, chipped in with an assist Sunday night to help the Coyotes spoil the Ducks' home opener with a 4-2 victory.
Two games and two wins into the season, Wayne Gretzky's enjoying coaching the young players.
"They're a special group. The veteran players around them have brought them along nicely," Gretzky said. "They play hard and they want to get better and it's fun to be around them.
"These kids are pretty unique and they are pretty good. I think although they're kids, they're pretty mature. They really have their eyes wide-open and are having a lot of fun."
Turris was taken by Phoenix with the third pick in the 2007 draft, and Boedker was selected eighth this year. Porter was taken in the fourth round in 2004, before his outstanding college career at Michigan.
The Coyotes' Ilya Bryzgalov, formerly Jean-Sebastien Giguere's backup in Anaheim, made 33 saves to run his record against the Ducks to 4-1-1, and Shane Doan scored twice for Phoenix.
Ryan Carter and George Parros scored for the Ducks (0-2).
Doan's second goal gave Phoenix a 4-1 lead with 3:40 remaining, and Parros capped the scoring just 13 seconds later.
Scattered skirmishes broke out on the ice in the final second of the game, when the Ducks drew five penalties and the Coyotes three.
"It was just tempers flaring," Gretzky said.
The Coyotes built a 3-0 lead in the second period before Carter scored for Anaheim.
Giguere stopped 20 shots, but was victimized for two goals by shoddy defensive play.
Boedker was happy with his first NHL goal.
"So far there have only been two games, but every one is special, and obviously getting my goal in my second game, that's unbelievable," he said.
He, like Gretzky, credited the Coyotes' veterans for taking the younger players under their wings.
"The leadership, it's huge for us. It's just feeding off them," Boedker said.
The Ducks, beaten 4-1 at San Jose in their season opener, looked sluggish again.
"We're just not where we need to be with our focus," Scott Niedermayer said. "We're working, but we're not working smart and we're in the wrong place at the wrong time.
"Teams have success in this league by playing as a team, everybody knows what each other's doing, and you're playing the system. When you're playing that well, you have good results. Right now, we're really not doing that as five guys in the ice."
Giguere said, "We need to go in there and step it up a notch. We need to not be going in there and being afraid to lose."
Phoenix opened its three-goal lead midway through the second period when Turris poked in a shot from near the right post after a scramble in the crease when Giguere tried futilely to smother the puck. It popped out to Turris, who tapped in a backhander at 8:56.
After assisting on the Coyotes' first-period goal, Steven Reinprecht set up another early in the second. He flipped a high pass to Doan breaking behind the defence, and Doan skated down on Giguere, deked to his right at close range, then veered to his left and backhanded a shot inside the left post at 1:51.
Phoenix opened the scoring at 11:40 on Boedker's goal.
On a 2-on-1 rush after a battle for the puck on the boards when Anaheim defencemen Kent Huskins and Travis Moen collided, Reinprecht controlled the puck and skated down the left side. He sent a pass to Boedker, who sliced to his left past defenceman Steve Montador and beat Giguere stick side.
Notes: Anaheim C Rob Niedermayer left the game with a bruised leg in the first period and didn't return. ... Bryzgalov had 28 saves in the Coyotes' opening 3-1 win over Columbus. Giguere had 37 saves but gave up four goals in the loss at San Jose. ... The Ducks were 28-9-4 in Anaheim last season, their best home mark in the regular season.