ANAHEIM -- Saku Koivu's goal 51 seconds into overtime gave Anaheim a 3-2 win against the Coyotes on Saturday, and the Ducks extended a franchise record with their 10th consecutive win, the NHL's longest streak since the Pittsburgh Penguins won 15 in a row last March.
Anaheim, which trailed 2-0 in its previous game (against the Washington Capitals on Monday), took the opposite route to this win.
“I like the way our guys hung in there and battled,” Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. “Like a number of times this year, we found a way to scratch points out of situations that looked a little bleak. We’ll take the point and move on.”
In overtime, Koivu tipped a shot by Ben Lovejoy, who took a pass from Cam Fowler at the top of the slot and snapped it on net. Koivu won a faceoff to start the possession that led to his second goal of the game, giving him 251 in his NHL career.
"Those tips there, they're more luck than anything else," Koivu said. "You try to get open and try to get your stick in there and try to get in front of the goaltender, and we got lucky on that one."
Trailing 2-1, the Coyotes pulled goalie Thomas Greiss for an extra attacker, and Mike Ribeiro got his stick on Keith Yandle's slap shot from the right side that made it through traffic at 19:16 to stun the announced standing-room crowd of 17,442.
Down 2-0, Hanzal put a rolling puck into an open net after an odd dump-in carom at 4:34. Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller came out to play the puck and got back to get the paddle of his stick on the shot but could not stop it. The goal was upheld by video review.
“We got lucky and got a break off the glass,” Tippett said. “It’s nice to see us capitalize on it.”
Greiss, starting in place of Mike Smith, made 38 saves against one of the League's best offensive teams. The bulk of his work came with 29 saves through two periods. He helped the Coyotes withstand two effective Ducks power plays in a 16-shot second by Anaheim because of roughing and tripping penalties by Yandle and Radim Vrbata, respectively.
"He saw a lot of shots and he made a lot of saves," Yandle said of Greiss. "If you look at all their goals, it was tough saves. Not a lot of guys would have that. He did his job. We have to find a way to help him out a little more."
So much of Anaheim's streak has been about its top line, but on this night the Ducks needed Koivu's shutdown line to alleviate the scoring pressure.
Andrew Cogliano made a deft redirect to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead 5:04 into the third period. Daniel Winnik's pass might have deflected off a Coyotes player before a streaking Cogliano got his stick on it; Greiss had little chance on the play.
Koivu's first goal came shorthanded to finish off a sharp first period by Anaheim, which showed no rust from a four-day break. Koivu cut across to the left circle and, unpressured, took a short backswing and fired near the wall to beat Greiss stick side at 17:08.
Koivu said he's in a good place after he missed 15 games this season with a concussion.
"I think [250 is] a good number, but when you play with guys like Teemu [Selanne] on your team, and he has almost 700 goals, you kind of forget that," Koivu said. "But it's nice. I guess I'm not known for scoring goals, and it's a fairly good number, and I'll take it."
The Coyotes took the ice less than 24 hours after losing to San Jose in a shootout on Friday in Glendale.
"It was a real tough turnaround with days off and then playing two games in less than 24 hours, so I give our guys credit for hanging in there, and we managed to salvage a point," Tippett said.
"That's five games in a row in overtime (and) we have only got one extra point, so that's a little disappointing."