Zbynek Michalek scored for the Coyotes.
The Ducks dropped the “Mighty” from their name and changed their colours in the off-season, switching from purple and teal to black and orange. But they look the same to the Coyotes.
The Ducks went 7-0-1 against Phoenix last season. And they wasted little time trying to re-establish their dominance.
After Phoenix centre Jeremy Roenick drew a roughing penalty, the Ducks took a 1-0 lead on Selanne’s power-play goal at 2:15 of the first period.
Anaheim went up 2-0 with 2:15 left in the period. With the Ducks on a power play, Ryan Getzlaf fired a low shot at Curtis Joseph. Joseph kicked a rebound to Penner, who fired it past him.
The Coyotes sliced the lead to 2-1 on Michalek’s power-play goal with 8 minutes left in the second period. The goal came on a two-man advantage, with Michalek taking a pass from Keith Ballard and beating Bryzgalov on a wrist shot from between the circles.
It was a testy, physical game between Pacific Division rivals, who combined for 46 penalty minutes.
In the first period, Phoenix’s new tough guy, Georges Laraque, took exception to a hard check by Todd Fedoruk, and the two fought along the boards. In the second, the Coyotes’ Dave Scatchard brawled with Shane O’Brien.
Notes: The Coyotes had a scare when Ladislav Nagy, who missed 29 games with a knee injury last year, crumpled to the ice and grabbed his left knee after a centre-ice collision with Samuel Pahlsson. Nagy returned to the ice minutes later. … A survey by Team Marketing Reports found that the Coyotes’ average ticket price, US$25, is the NHL’s lowest. … The Ducks have upgraded a team that finished with the most wins (43) and points (98) in team history. They acquired defenceman Chris Pronger, the former league MVP and Norris Trophy winner, in a trade with Edmonton. He joins another Norris winner, Scott Niedermayer, on the back line.