Ducks deal Coyotes first regulation home loss

GLENDALE, Ariz. — After withstanding an early flurry by the Phoenix Coyotes, the Anaheim Ducks cruised to a victory.

Dustin Penner scored two goals as the

Ducks handed the Coyotes their first home loss in regulation

this season, a 4-2 defeat Saturday night.

Sami Vatanen had a power-play goal and

Corey Perry also tallied for the Ducks in the win over the Coyotes, who

were 9-0-2 this season at Arena. Anaheim is the only team still undefeated at home in regulation.

“After we stopped them early, we started

to play our game,” said goalie Jonas Hiller. “It was good they didn’t

score and that gave us some confidence.”

Following a shutout at Tampa Bay on

Friday night, Jonas Hiller earned his second straight victory and

improved his season record to 9-3-2. In the two wins, Hiller stopped 73

of 75 shots.

The Coyotes dominated play at the start

but had nothing to show for it — they outshot Anaheim 8-0 in the first

five minutes. The Ducks first shot came 8 minutes in, when Andrew

Cogliano’s shot bounced off goalie Mike Smith in the crease.

Shane Doan scored on a tip-in with 4:20

remaining in the third. He also assisted on Mike Ribeiro’s second-period

goal and has at least a point in each of his last eight games.

The Ducks extended their record to 3-0

against Pacific Division rivals Phoenix. Two games remain between the

teams this season.

We talked about getting off to a good

start,” said captain Ryan Getzlaf, who picked up a point in his fourth

straight game. “We have a great deal of depth on this team and guys

stepped up during important points in the game.”

The Coyotes had 15 shots on Hiller in the first, two short of their season high for a period. But the Ducks scored first.

On the power play, Penner positioned

himself in front of Jeff Halpern and easily converted a pass from Nick

Bonino from the right side into his fifth goal of the season at 11:11 of

the period.

Despite having the second-best home

power-play percentage, the Coyotes were 0 for 3 with the man advantage

in the opening period.

The Ducks had an opportunity to

increase their lead five minutes into the second but Smith stopped

Emerson Etem on a penalty shot.

Just over 2 minutes later, Ribeiro tied it 1-all when he poked in a rebound at 7:27 of the second.

The Ducks then countered with two goals in less than 3 minutes.

Penner scored his second of the night

on a 2-on-1 break with a shot through Smith’s pads at 8:03. Perry then

beat Michael Stone in the slot and flipped a wrist shot behind Smith at


Vatanen converted a pass from Mathieu Perreault at 12:43 for his second goal of the season and a 4-1 lead.

“Look at how they scored,” Phoenix

coach Dave Tippett said. “The first one was on a power play, the second

and third on giveaways and the fourth on the power play. We lost battles

in front of the net and along the wall. We’ve been losing those battles

lately and it’s a concern.”