Ducks score late goal, win it in shootout
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Nick Bonino scored
the tying goal with 2:02 left in the third period, Jakob Silfverberg
scored the deciding goal in the sixth round of the shootout and Jonas
Hiller made 30 saves to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-2 victory over the
Phoenix Coyotes on Friday night.
The defending Pacific Division champions
are off to their best start in franchise history, winning six straight
following a 6-1 loss at Colorado on opening night. It's also the first
time the club has started 4-0 at home.
Rostislav Klesla got his first goal of
the season, Antoine Vermette also scored and Mike Smith made 37 saves
for the Coyotes.
The Ducks were pressing for the
equalizer in the Coyotes' zone when Bonino threw the puck toward the net
from the right point, and 6-foot-4 teammate Dustin Penner ducked his
head in the low slot as it drifted last Mike Smith's stick.
Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle received
a double-minor for cutting Daniel Winnik with a high stick 30 seconds
before the first intermission with Anaheim leading 1-0 on Teemu
Selanne's goal, but Smith stopped all seven shots he faced during the
ensuing four-minute power play. The Ducks finished 0 for 4 with the man
advantage, and are a league-worst 1 for 27.
Klesla gave the Coyotes a 2-1 lead 7:54
into the third period with a screened 50-foot slap shot from the left
point against Hiller, who thwarted all six Phoenix power plays.
The Ducks were playing keepaway in their
own zone about 9 minutes into the second period when Francois
Beauchemin passed the puck behind the net to defense partner Hampus
Lindholm -- and it ricocheted off Lindholm's skate right to a Phoenix
captain Shane Doan in the low slot.
Hiller turned aside Doan's quick wrist
shot, but the Coyotes tied the score at 11:11 of the period. Yandle got
the puck from Mike Ribeiro about 40 feet from the net and set up
Vermette at the left of the crease.
The Ducks didn't get their second shot
on net until the 6:38 mark, but Selanne made it count with his second
goal of the season and 677th of his career.
Mathieu Perreault intercepted an
attempted clearing pass by Derek Morris and got the puck in the low slot
to Selanne, who snuck behind Yandle and took a wrist shot that dribbled
in off Smith's pads.
Frederik Andersen served as Hiller's backup after getting recalled from
Norfolk of the AHL. Viktor Fasth, who made 33 saves in Wednesday's 3-2
win over Calgary, did not dress because of a lower-body injury that
occurred toward the end of Thursday's practice. ... Anaheim is one of
two teams in the league that has yet to get a goal from any of its
defenseman -- along with the New Jersey Devils. ... The crowd of 13,206
was only 199 more than the Ducks' lowest turnout in the 24 home games
they played during the lockout-delayed 20012-13 season. ... Sunday's
home game against Dallas will be the Ducks' first meeting with their
longtime Pacific Division rivals since the offseason realignment that
reduced the league from six to four divisions and put the Stars in the