ANAHEIM, California (AP) — Ryan Getzlaf scored two power-play
goals in the third period, Scott Niedermayer and rookie Andrew
Ebbett also connected with the man advantage, and the Anaheim
Ducks beat the Phoenix Coyotes 6-2 on Sunday night.
The four power-play goals tied a franchise record for the Ducks,
whose fourth win in five games put them a point behind Nashville
for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot and
kept them tied with Minnesota. They’re 7-for-12 on the power
play over their last three games, after going 1-for-28 in their
Corey Perry and George Parros also scored, Chris Pronger had
three assists and Jonas Hiller made 26 saves. The Ducks won a
home game in regulation for the first time since beating Buffalo
3-2 on February 2. They also snapped a club record-tying string
of eight consecutive one-goal games, which followed a 6-0 loss
Bobby Ryan’s assist on Perry’s goal gave him 46 points, breaking
the Ducks’ rookie record set by Dustin Penner during the Stanley
Cup championship season of 2006-07. Ryan, who didn’t make his
season debut until Nov. 16, is only three points behind
Chicago’s Kris Versteeg for the NHL rookie lead despite playing
in 14 fewer games.
Petr Prucha and Shane Doan scored second-period goals for
Phoenix. Ilya Bryzgalov, the backup goalie for the Ducks two
seasons ago when they won the Stanley Cup, finished with 24
saves after allowing six or more goals for the sixth time this
The Ducks, who opened the scoring the first time they had the
man advantage. His slap shot from just inside the blue line was
redirected by Niedermayer at 4:55 of the first period while
Matthew Lombardi was off for high-sticking Ryan.
Parros made it 2-0 at 18:11 of the first, converting a rebound
from a sharp angle to the right of the net after Bryzgalov made
a leg save on Erik Christensen’s wrist shot from the left
circle. The goal was the fifth this season for Parros, one more
than the Ducks’ enforcer had in 158 games over his previous
three NHL seasons combined.
Prucha cut the deficit in half just 48 seconds into the second
period with his fifth goal this season and first in 10 games
with the Coyotes, who acquired him from the New York Rangers on
But Perry restored Anaheim’s two-goal lead at 9:55 of the second
with his 24th of the season, converting a centering pass at the
edge of the crease after Getzlaf made a superb stickhandling
move around defenseman Zbynek Michalek that left the defenseman
flat on his stomach and flailing at air with his stick.
Doan made it a one-goal game again at 14:47 of the second, after
Christensen coughed up the puck to him deep in the Anaheim zone.
It was the 28th for the Coyotes’ captain, tying the career high
he set last season. He averaged exactly 28 goals over the last
Getzlaf’s first goal increased the margin to 4-2 with 11:11 to
play. Todd Fedoruk was serving an interference penalty when
Pronger took a snap shot from the right circle that Getzlaf
redirected between his own legs and Bryzgalov’s legs with his
back to the net.
Scottie Upshall was given a four-minute high-sticking penalty
with 3:40 left in the game after cutting Pronger. Getzlaf scored
his second goal of the game and 23rd of the season 21 seconds
later, then Ebbett cashed in 36 seconds later for his sixth
The Coyotes, whose 21-17-3 road record last season was the
third-best in franchise history, are only 11-22-4 this season
with four games to go.