By Dave Vest
ANAHEIM – Captain Shane Doan scored the game-winning goal 78 seconds into overtime Sunday night to lead the Coyotes to a 3-2 victory over Anaheim at the Honda Center.
A shot from the top of the slot by Jim Vandermeer hit Doan near his left hip and scooted past Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere to give Phoenix its second straight victory and end Anaheim’s three-game winning streak.
"I just happened to be standing in front, and 'Jumbo' (Vandermeer) knows I haven't been able to bury one lately so he had to bounce it in off me I guess," Doan said with a smile. "It's ok though. I'll take it."
The assist capped a two-point game for Vandermeer, who was a healthy scratch on Friday vs. Dallas. It was the 10th multi-point game of the gritty defenseman's NHL career and his first with Phoenix.
The Coyotes trailed 1-0 after two periods, but they scored twice within five minutes in the third period to take a 2-1 lead.
Vandermeer put a rebound past Giguere to tie the score at 1 at 5:28 after Giguere had blocked a shot from in front by Robert Lang. Center Matthew Lombardi gave the Coyotes their first lead at 10:07 when he beat Giguere with a crafty shot while skating across the slot to cap a slick tic-tac-toe exchange with Sami Lepisto and Scottie Upshall.
Anaheim made the score 2-2 when Bobby Ryan stood atop the crease and deflected a shot by defenseman Nick Boynton past Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov with 1:54 left in regulation. Corey Perry assisted on Ryan's goal to extend his point streak to a franchise-record 18 games.
The Ducks dominated the first portion of the overtime but didn't score. The Coyotes scored on their first trip into the Anaheim zone. Lang slid a pass to Vandermeer from the left corner and Vandermeer one-timed it toward the goal. Doan's hip did the rest.
Neither team scored in the first period.
Lepisto was called for hooking at 4:51 of the second period. Twenty-one seconds later, Anaheim center Ryan Getzlaf beat Bryzgalov with a shot from between the circles and the Ducks led 1-0.
Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov made 26 saves against his former club. His best stop came with 3:48 left in the third period when he slid across the crease to block a one-timer by Teemu Selanne and preserve a 2-1 lead.
• The Coyotes did not commit a penalty in the third period and kept Anaheim's potent power-play unit off the ice when it mattered most. "That is a pretty good power play over there so ... I'm glad we didn't take any penalties down the stretch," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "It could have been a little troublesome. I thought we executed better in the third period and we were able to find a couple of chances we needed to get back into the game."
• The Coyotes played without defenseman Ed Jovanovski (lower-body injury) and forward Peter Mueller (upper-body injury). Neither accompanied the team to the game and their status is day-to-day.
• Shane Doan's goal was the 265th of his career, all with the Coyotes/Jets. He is now alone in third place on the franchise's all-time goal-scorers list. Only Dale Hawerchuk (379) and Keith Tkachuk (323) are ahead of him.
• Phoenix has won five of the six overtime games it has played.
• Center Robert Lang had two assists.
• Phoenix scratched Paul Bissonnette, Ed Jovanovski and Peter Mueller. Anaheim scratched Sheldon Brookbank, Kyle Calder, Erik Christensen and Joffrey Lupul.
"Anything can happen in overtime, (so) just throw pucks on net and you can get a bounce. That's what happened and we're happy to take the two points."
"We think we have room to improve and that we can be better than we have been, but at the same time we're in the hunt. We know we've got a good run in us so we just have to keep going until we get it."
"We got ahead and stopped skating in the third. They dominated the third period. (Giguere) made a lot of saves early that you think would depress them at some point and get under their skin, but it didn't."