By Dave Vest | Anthony Perez GLENDALE --Ray Whitney and Lee Stempniak notched three-point games to lead the Coyotes to a 6-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night at Jobing.com Arena.
The victory was Phoenix's fourth in a row and first over Anaheim on home ice in three tries this season.
Whitney gave the Coyotes (23-13-9) a 1-0 lead with a wrist shot from the slot at the 7:35 mark of the first period. The goal was the 900th point of Whitney's lengthy career and his first of two in the game.
The Ducks (24-19-4), who, like the Coyotes, entered the game with a three-game winning streak, quickly answered Whitney's goal when Matt Beleskey’s slapshot beat Phoenix goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov at the 9:18 mark of the second period to tie the score.
Phoenix took control of the game by scoring three goals in the second period. Defenseman Adrian Aucoin set the tone by beating Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller just 31 seconds after the break.
At 12:29, Coyotes forward Taylor Pyatt tipped a shot past Hiller to give Phoenix a 3-1 lead. Defenseman Sami Lepisto made the score 4-1 at 18:19 (see KEY MOMENT below) and that ended the night for Hiller, who was yanked and replaced by backup Curtis McElhinney.
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Whitney notched his second at the 7:01 mark of the third period, giving his team a healthy 5-1 advantage.
Corey Perry picked up his 23rd goal of the season on a power play at the 12:10 mark of the period, but the Coyotes regained the four-goal lead when Stempniak scored at the 15:59 mark.
When the final horn sounded, 11 Coyotes had at least one point.
"It was a good quality team effort from us against a team that had been very hot in our division and a team that beat us in here last time they played us,” Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said.
Bryzgalov picked up his 17th win of the season after stopping 26 of the 28 shots he faced.
Coyotes forward Ray Whitney and defenseman Sami Lepisto put the game out of reach when they teamed to score a pretty goal late in the second period to cap a two-on-zero rush. The goal, Lepisto's fourth of the season, gave Phoenix a 4-1 lead.
• The Coyotes haven't lost a game in regulation in 2011, going 6-0-2 in eight games and collecting 14 of 16 points.
• The Coyotes lost center Vernon Fiddler early in the third period when he suffered an upper-body injury during a fight with Anaheim's Matt Beleskey. Fiddler left the game and did not return.
• Defenseman Keith Yandle received a scare midway through the first period when he took an inadvertent high stick from Anaheim's Teemu Selanne near his left eye. Yandle left the game but returned in the second period. "It was one of those things where I lost vision for a couple of seconds," Yandle said. "... I'm lucky it wasn't more serious."
• Forward Radim Vrbata collected his 300th NHL point with two assists.
• Defenseman Sami Lepisto notched a goal and an assist for his first multi-point game in the NHL.
• Defenseman Michal Rozsival, whom the Coyotes acquired from the New York Rangers on Monday in a trade for forward Wojtek Wolski, skated alone on Saturday as he nurses an upper-body injury. He likely will practice with his teammates for the first time on Sunday.
• The Coyotes' next game is Monday vs. San Jose at Jobing.com Arena. The puck drops at 2 p.m. (Arizona time). The game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona and can be heard on XTRA Sports 910 (AM). The Coyotes will practice at the Ice Den in Scottsdale on Sunday at 10:45 a.m.
"It felt good. Nine hundred (points) is a big number. It’s probably a number that a lot of people didn’t expect me to get to, ever. I’m proud of it. It was good that I got it when it mattered."
"We're not just scoring some goals, were scoring some nice goals. There’s some good plays being made out there. You like that combination of hard goals, like the deflections in front and the trenches in front, but you like those high skills goals too. We seem to be on a little bit of a run where we're getting both of them right now."
"We just stopped playing in the offensive zone. If you look at the previous five, six, seven games and what we were doing right, we were getting the puck in on the forecheck. Tonight, we didn't have a forecheck. In this league, if you don't have a forecheck, you're not going to get the puck back."
• Oct. 17, 2010: ANA 3, PHX 2 • Dec. 5, 2010: PHX 3, ANA 0 • March 13, 2011:
• Nov. 27, 2010: ANA 6, PHX 4 • Dec. 28, 2010: ANA 3, PHX 1 • Jan. 15, 2011: PHX 6, ANA 2
1 - 0 PHX
1 - 1 Tie
2 - 1 PHX
3 - 1 PHX
4 - 1 PHX
5 - 1 PHX
5 - 2 PHX
6 - 2 PHX
Hi stick - double minor