PHOENIX – Defenceman Luca Sbisa scored on a power play 1:23 into overtime to cap the Anaheim Ducks’ four-goal rally in a 4-3 exhibition victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday night.
Joffrey Lupul scored twice and Dan Sexton added a goal as the Ducks scored three times in a 9:51 span of the third period to force overtime.
Sbisa’s goal came with Anaheim (2-1) on a two-man advantage after two Phoenix penalties, one in the final seconds of regulation.
Peter Mueller, Jeff Hoggan and Jim Vandermeer scored their second goals of the pre-season for the Coyotes (1-2-1).
Phoenix outshot the Ducks 46-21 overall and 38-6 in the first two periods.
Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky, whose US$8.5 million contract for 2009-10 is part of a bankruptcy dispute being adjudicated in a Phoenix court, missed his fourth straight game. Associate coach Ulf Samuelsson ran the team.
Mueller scored on a slapshot from just inside the blue-line on a power play to give the Coyotes a 1-0 lead with 9:03 remaining in the first period.
Hoggan made it 2-0 53 seconds later, when he beat Timo Peilmeier to the far corner from the right circle.
Phoenix outshot Anaheim 30-2 in the first period, and the final Ducks’ shot came from centre ice as time expired.
Vandermeer scored from outside the right circle to give Phoenix a 3-0 lead with 18 seconds remaining in the second when new goalie Jean-Philippe Levasseur was screened by Brett MacLean.
Lupul scored Anaheim’s first goal on a power play with 9:51 remaining during a five-minute major and a game misconduct penalty on defenceman Francis Lessard.
Sexton scored with 7:00 remaining to make it 3-2, and Lupul tied it with 1:10 left. All the scoring came off backup goalie Josh Tordjman, who replaced Al Montoya to start the third period.