Getzlaf scores twice as Ducks crush Coyotes

Author:
Publish date:

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

previous eight.

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

at Boston.

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

season.

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

March 4.

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

five seasons.

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

goal.

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.

TOP HEADLINES

Evander Kane
Play

NHL Quickly Responds to Kane Betting Allegations

One thing seems clear by glancing at social media surrounding San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane. He has some issues, and his wife says betting on his own team is one of them.

Joonas Korpisalo

Does a Korpisalo for Koskinen Make Any Sense?

Concern among Edmonton Oilers followers over the club's goaltending depth prompted suggestions they offer Mikko Koskinen to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Joonas Korpisalo. That deal, however, is unlikely to materialize.

Chicago Blackhawks

Blackhawks Pledge to Release Findings of Abuse Investigation

The Chicago Blackhawks pledged to release the findings of an independent investigation into allegations that a then-assistant coach sexually assaulted two players in 2010.