By Associated Press
The Coyotes forced the Anaheim Ducks into a number of critical mistakes which made all the difference in a one-goal win.
scored his first two goals of the season, Boyd Gordon
and Lauri Korpikoski
tallied less than two minutes apart in the second period, and the Coyotes beat their Pacific Division rivals, 5-4, on Sunday night at the Honda Center.
"We did a real good job of forechecking," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "We had a real mindset to push back, make sure we got in hard on the forecheck and create a couple of opportunities for ourselves."
Korpikoski and defenseman Keith Yandle
both had a goal and an assist, Taylor Pyatt
had two assists, and Mike Smith
made 29 saves for Phoenix (3-3-1).
Ryan Getzlaf scored his first two goals of the season for the Ducks (4-3-0), who have dropped two in a row at home after a four-game winning streak. Lubomir Visnovsky had a goal and an assist, and Kurtis Foster also scored for Anaheim.
"Normally you don't give up four goals and call yourself a real sharp defensive team, but we came in wanting to play a good road hockey game and find a way to win," Tippett said. "We got a decent lead and hung on."
The Coyotes, coming off back-to-back home losses to Chicago and Los Angeles, scored on five of 19 shots against Jonas Hiller and chased him at 7:56 of the second with Phoenix leading by three.
Gordon put the Coyotes ahead to stay at 4:47 with his first goal of the season, converting a pass by Pyatt from behind the net after a shot by Korpikoski sailed wide right.
Korpikoski then scored on a short wrist shot after defenseman Adrian Aucoin
intercepted an attempted clearing pass by Toni Lydman just inside the Anaheim blue line and got the puck to Pyatt. Another turnover by defenseman Cam Fowler led to Yandle's goal.
Hiller was then replaced by Dan Ellis, who stopped all 16 shots he faced.
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"The flurry of goals in the second period sunk our hockey club," Ducks Head Coach Randy Carlyle said. "I'm sure a couple of them Jonas would like to have back. Those are usually signs that the goalie doesn't have it going that night. I probably should have done something after the fourth goal instead of waiting for the fifth goal. It's easy to criticize the goalie because he's the last line of defense, but there's a lot of things that happened in front of him."
The Ducks responded to the switch, getting within 5-3 about 5 1/2 minutes later on Foster's first goal since being acquired this summer from Edmonton. Getzlaf scored his second with 1:08 remaining.
Hanzal opened the scoring at 4:41 of the first period, but Visnovsky tied it less than four minutes later with a one-timer that changed direction off Pyatt's stick.
Getzlaf put the Ducks ahead 2-1 at 14:02 of the first with another deflection, getting his stick on Teemu Selanne's wrist shot from the right circle. But the lead lasted just 42 seconds, as Hanzal got a lead pass from Yandle while crossing the blue line and beat Hiller with a slap shot.
► EDITOR'S NOTE:
Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com compiled this recap.
• Center Andy Miele, the 2011 Hobey Baker Award winner, made his NHL debut and played 6:21. He took one shot on goal, delivered one hit and went 2 for 2 in the faceoff circle.
• Before the game, the Coyotes traded center Petteri Nokelainen and defenseman Garrett Stafford to Montreal for center Brock Trotter and a 2012 draft pick. The Coyotes assigned Trotter to the team's American Hockey League affiliate. Click here
to read more.
• The Coyotes matched their season-high for goals in a game with five.
• Center Boyd Gordon
scored his first goal with the Coyotes and won 12 of 17 faceoffs.
• Forward Raffi Torres
fought Anaheim's Luca Sbisa in the second period. It was Torres' first bout of the season.
• The Coyotes scratched Paul Bissonnette
and Chris Summers
• The Coyotes' next game is Tuesday vs. Dallas at Jobing.com Arena. The puck drops at 7 p.m. (Arizona time). The game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona and can be heard on XTRA Sports 910 (AM).