|PHX||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||1|
|ANA||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||6|
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - One thing Anaheim rookie Dustin Penner has is confidence.
Penner scored his first two NHL goals on power plays and assisted on another by Teemu Selanne, leading the Mighty Ducks to a 6-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday night.
"I expect myself to be able to produce at this level," said Penner, a 23-year-old right wing who was called up four games ago from Portland of the AHL. "I felt I could play up here, and now I just hope I can stay here and help the team win games."
Selanne extended his goal-scoring streak to five games and rookie Chris Kunitz scored on a breakaway 8 seconds later in the second period, setting a franchise record for the shortest span between goals.
Joffrey Lupul also scored for Anaheim, helping stake goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to a 4-0 lead against a team that entered with the second-best goals-against average in the NHL. Zenon Konopka scored on a power play with 2:46 remaining.
Bryzgalov made 16 saves for the Ducks, who have won four of five - including a 2-1 victory over the Coyotes that snapped a club record-tying eight-game losing streak. Four of their 11 wins this season have come in the five games they've played against their Pacific Division rivals. Their three remaining meetings are all in March.
Phoenix's Mike Leclerc scored his ninth goal of the season and fourth in eight shots against the Ducks, who traded him to the Coyotes in August for a conditional draft choice in 2007.
The Ducks killed off all four Phoenix power plays in the first period - three during the first 8:06 - and didn't record their first shot on net until Francois Beauchemin's slap shot from just inside the blue line hit David LeNeveu high on the chest at the 9:53 mark. But they still outshot the Coyotes 35-17.
"I was more disappointed at the first few power plays than the breakdowns we had on a couple of their goals," Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky said. "We were not hungrier for the puck and didn't give ourselves more opportunities.
"We never get upset if a guy makes a mistake or a bad play. What bothers me is when I don't think we're physically and mentally ready to play," Gretzky added. "We lost too many battles for loose pucks. And it wasn't one guy, it was the whole team. There were only two or three guys who really played harder than the rest of the team, and you cannot be successful with 16 of our players not playing as well as we need them to play."
Anaheim left wing Todd Fedoruk returned from a three-game suspension he got for a hit against Phoenix. On Nov. 22, Fedoruk left his feet to slam Petr Nedved into the glass, and the match penalty he received for elbowing Nedved in the head left the Coyotes' center with a concussion that has kept him out of the last three games.
The Ducks outshot Phoenix 16-5 during the second period and built their lead to 3-0 on consecutive shots by Selanne and Kunitz. The 8 seconds between goals broke the franchise mark, set on Dec. 13, 2000, when Paul Kariya and German Titov connected 10 seconds apart against Columbus goalie Marc Denis in a 5-4 overtime win at Anaheim.
Penner helped set up Selanne's 15th goal with a long lead pass to Andy McDonald, who momentarily had the puck tangled up in his skates at the left of the net before making a perfect cross-ice feed to Selanne near the right post. The Ducks won the ensuing faceoff, and Kunitz cruised down the slot before beating LeNeveu with a short backhander.
Penner made it 4-0 with an unassisted goal at 17:07 of the second. He beat LeNeveu with a 20-foot wrist shot while Ladislav Nagy was serving a hooking penalty.
"I had a lot of open ice and I was just taking my time getting up there, seeing if I could get some guys coming with me to make it a 3-on-1," Penner said. "Once I got close enough, I thought I might as well shoot. Once you get one, the weight is taken off your shoulders and the game gets easier."
After Leclerc spoiled Bryzgalov's shutout bid, Penner beat LeNeveu to the glove side with a 15-foot wrist shot from the slot while Sean O'Donnell was off for holding.
Lupul, playing in his 100th NHL game, opened the scoring just 20 seconds before the first intermission when he played the puck off the end boards and banked his 10th goal into the net off LeNeveu from a sharp angle.
Notes: The Ducks got their 200th regular-season win at the Pond. ... Linesman Jean Morin sustained a cut on his left hand at 5:22 of the first period and did not return. ... The Coyotes haven't scored a first-period goal in their last five road games. ... Anaheim G Jean-Sebastien Giguere has played only 16 minutes in the last eight games because of a strained hamstring. ... It was the first time this season that the Coyotes have lost by more than two goals. ... Bryzgalov is 4-0 lifetime against Phoenix. ... Anaheim D Sandis Ozolinsh sat out because of a strained knee. RW Petr Sykora missed his fifth straight game because of a groin strain.
|Joffrey Lupul (10) ASST: Chris Kunitz (3), Todd Marchant (8)|
1 - 0 ANA
|Teemu Selanne (15) ASST: Andy McDonald (9), Dustin Penner (2)|
2 - 0 ANA
|Chris Kunitz (2) ASST: Todd Marchant (9), Ruslan Salei (9)|
3 - 0 ANA
|PPG - Dustin Penner (1) ASST: NONE|
4 - 0 ANA
|Mike Leclerc (9) ASST: Mike Johnson (9), Denis Gauthier (3)|
4 - 1 ANA
|PPG - Dustin Penner (2) ASST: Rob Niedermayer (11), Jonathan Hedstrom (4)|
5 - 1 ANA
|PPG - Zenon Konopka (2) ASST: Ruslan Salei (10), Travis Moen (1)|
6 - 1 ANA
|Chris Kunitz Hi-sticking|
|Jonathan Hedstrom Holding|
|Vitaly Vishnevski Cross checking|
|Matt Jones Holding|
|Jonathan Hedstrom Roughing|
|Rob Niedermayer Interference|
|Paul Mara Holding|
|Ladislav Nagy Unsportsmanlike conduct|
|Ladislav Nagy Hooking|
|Shane Doan Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Todd Fedoruk Hooking|
|Todd Fedoruk Unsportsmanlike conduct|
|Dave Scatchard Hooking|
|Sean O'Donnell Holding|
|Jamie Lundmark Closing hand on puck|
|Geoff Sanderson Holding|