COYOTES 3, DUCKS 2 (OT)
Monday, 06.18.2012 / 10:45 PM
By Dave Vest
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."