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|ANA||1||2||1||(0 - 0)||4|
By Associated Press
ANAHEIM – Niklas Hagman scored two goals, Jonas Hiller made 19 saves and the Anaheim Ducks earned their second win in six games under new coach Bruce Boudreau, 4-1 over the Coyotes on Wednesday night at the Honda Center.
Rod Pelley scored in his Ducks debut and Kyle Palmieri added his first goal of the season for Anaheim, which climbed out of last place in the overall NHL standings.
Martin Hanzal scored a goal and Mike Smith stopped 24 shots for the Coyotes (15-12-3), who have lost three straight games and five of their past seven. Phoenix had won four in a row against Anaheim (9-16-5), but Smith lost in regulation to the Ducks for the first time in his NHL career.
Corey Perry had two assists and the Ducks got a major boost from the return of defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky, who missed the past 13 games with a broken finger on his right hand. Visnovsky had an assist on Pelley's goal and immediately ran the point on Anaheim's power play while racking up seven shots.
The Coyotes began a stretch of three games in four nights with a flat effort, although their power play scored for just the second time in 10 games.
Late in the first period, Pelley beat Smith on a breakaway for his first goal with the Ducks, who acquired him from New Jersey on Monday in a four-player trade. Pelley, best known as a rugged penalty-killer and depth forward, hadn't scored an NHL goal since last Jan. 17.
Anaheim went up 2-0 early in the second period when Hagman corralled a rebound of Perry's shot and scored the second goal of his 12-game stint with the Ducks, who claimed the Finnish veteran off waivers from Calgary last month.
Hanzal trimmed the Ducks' lead when he got a pass from Ray Whitney and beat Hiller for his fifth goal.
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But Hagman put the Ducks up 3-1 with 64 seconds left in the second period after an exceptional pass from Perry (see KEY MOMENT below).
"To give up that one late in the second period, that’s a big goal for us," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "We felt like we carried some of the momentum from the second period (and) had some decent chances, and to give up that late goal in the second period - we then have a long way back in third... In the third period, I thought we chased the game. We probably looked like a lot of other teams chasing the game. It was messy and it was not pretty hockey."
Palmieri redirected Bobby Ryan's shot in front at 3:30 of the third period for his first goal since the high-scoring minor leaguer's recall from the AHL last week.
Perry tried mightily to get a third goal for Hagman, but Smith robbed the Finnish forward on two good chances late.
► EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com edited this story and compiled this recap.
|Rod Pelley (1) ASST: Maxime Macenauer (3), Lubomir Visnovsky (4)|
1 - 0 ANA
|PPG - Niklas Hagman (3) ASST: Corey Perry (13), Teemu Selanne (21)|
2 - 0 ANA
|PPG - Martin Hanzal (5) ASST: Ray Whitney (16), Keith Yandle (16)|
2 - 1 ANA
|Niklas Hagman (4) ASST: Corey Perry (14), Ryan Getzlaf (17)|
3 - 1 ANA
|Kyle Palmieri (1) ASST: Bobby Ryan (7), Francois Beauchemin (7)|
4 - 1 ANA
|Adrian Aucoin Tripping against Bobby Ryan|
|Shane Doan Hooking against Bobby Ryan|
|Adrian Aucoin Tripping against Teemu Selanne|
|Luca Sbisa Boarding against Ray Whitney|
|Kyle Palmieri Holding against Martin Hanzal|
|Oliver Ekman-Larsson Interference against Teemu Selanne|
|Brandon McMillan Tripping against Keith Yandle|
|SA: 28||TOI: 59:45|
|Saves: 24||EV: 16 - 19|
|PIM: 0||PP: 7 - 8|
|SV%: .857||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 20||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 19||EV: 16 - 16|
|PIM: 0||PP: 1 - 2|
|SV%: .950||SH: 2 - 2|