Joseph stops 23 shots as lowly Coyotes win 2-1 against Ducks

Travis Moen brought Anaheim to within 2-1 when he scored late in the third period. The Coyotes then held off the surging Ducks to record their second win in 11 games. Joseph earned his 16th win of the season, and the 444th of his NHL career. He is one behind Terry Sawchuk for fourth on the NHL career list.

In an energetic but scoreless opening period, Anaheim had the better scoring opportunities. The Ducks’ best shot came with just over seven minutes gone when Andy McDonald’s wrist shot from the right circle deflected off the left post.

Jeff Taffe broke the scoreless deadlock early in the second period when he converted Shane Doan’s centring pass into his fourth of the season at 4:43.

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The Coyotes made it 2-0 late in the period. Bill Thomas broke down the right side, and his centring pass fell into the skates of Steven Reinprecht. Thomas trailed the play into the slot and put Reinprecht’s return pass into the net at 15:56 for his sixth of the season.

The Ducks had a big opportunity to cut the lead in the third period. Halfway through, Cory Perry was stopped in front, and Chris Kunitz waited on the doorstep for a rebound which Joseph didn’t allow.

Notes: Moen’s goal was his 11th of the season. Anaheim D Chris Pronger sat out his seventh straight game with a broken toe. RW Owen Nolan was chosen as Phoenix’s nominee for the Masterton Trophy.