Tikhonov helps Coyotes edge Ducks in shootout

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GLENDALE, Arizona (AP) -- Jean-Sebastien Giguere tried to make

the most of a rare relief appearance.

Giguere played a perfect third period, but Viktor Tikhonov

scored in the fourth round of the shootout to lead the Phoenix

Coyotes to a 5-4 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday

night.

Giguere, who took over for starter Jonas Hiller, made the

initial save on Tikhonov's shot with his left skate, but his leg

and the puck barely crossed the goal line to give the Coyotes

the victory.

"I made the save and then my pad went in the net and the puck

follows," Giguere said. "It was a little lucky but that's the

way it goes."

Anaheim, which lost for the third time in 13 games, moved one

point ahead of the St. Louis Blues for seventh place in the

Western Conference. The Blues will finish the regular season

Sunday in Colorado.

"We got ourselves in the playoffs now and we should be excited

about that," said Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer, who had a

pair of assists. "It's really not going to matter who we play.

We're going to be playing a really good hockey club."

Phoenix entered the third period with a two-goal lead, but Bobby

Ryan and Teemu Selanne scored 45 seconds apart to get the Ducks

even.

Giguere helped carry Anaheim into overtime by stopping all nine

shots he faced after replacing Hiller. It was his first game

action since March 27 when he allowed four goals on seven shots.

"I don't know what's ahead of me," Giguere said. "I wanted to

make sure this period was a good one, a positive one. Whatever

the future holds we'll see what's going to happen. For now it

felt good just to play one period."

Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said he and his staff have not settled

on a starter for the playoffs.

"As I've stated before we have 1-A and 1-B," Carlyle said.

"These kind of things make these decisions even tougher. Four

goals, that's what alarms me."

Ilya Bryzgalov warmed up for the shootout by stopping Andrew

Ebbett's breakaway attempt off a long outlet from Chris Pronger

with 1:01 left in overtime.

Steven Reinprecht scored a pair of power-play goals and added an

assist for the Coyotes, who ended the season with five wins in

seven games. Reinprecht and Shane Doan also scored in the

shootout.

"We wanted to end on a high," Reinprecht said. "We wanted to

come out and play well and get the win and we did, so that was

great."

Todd Fedoruk and Enver Lisin also scored and Doan had two

assists for Phoenix, which had been in fifth place in the West

at the All-Star break before a 12-20-2 free fall to end the

season.

"As a team it was disappointing that the season is over but we

got some positive things and we want to be better," Doan said.

"We're going to be better and that's the most encouraging

thing."

Corey Perry scored in regulation and the shootout, Erik

Christensen had a goal in regulation, and Ryan Getzlaf added a

shootout goal for the Ducks.

Lisin gave the Coyotes a 4-2 lead with 5.6 seconds left in the

second period when he skated in from the left side and beat

Hiller with a quick wrist shot.

But Ryan bounced a shot off the right post from the bottom of

the left circle with 14:58 left, and Selanne scored from the

center of the right circle less than a minute later to make it

4-4.

Reinprecht put the Coyotes ahead 1-0 at 3:38 of the first period

off a rebound from the left corner of the crease. Perry tied it

at 2:39 of the second with a sweeping forehand shot after

Bryzgalov stopped James Wisniewski's long attempt.

Fedoruk made it 2-1 at 7:00 of the second when he beat Hiller on

a long rebound, and Reinprecht extended the lead to 3-1 at 12:21

of the second on another rebound, this one from the top of the

crease.

Perry pulled the Ducks within 3-2 at 18:19 following a lengthy

scramble in front. Bryzgalov stopped Niedermayer's initial shot

but couldn't find the rebound. Two Coyotes joined the goalie in

the crease before Perry reached in and tucked the puck into the

open left side of the net.

Hiller, making his seventh straight start, stopped 20 of 24

shots in two periods before he was replaced by Giguere to begin

the third

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