Following a difficult 4-1 loss against their rival San Jose
Sharks on Thursday, the Anaheim Ducks looked to change their fortunes on
Saturday afternoon against the Phoenix Coyotes. Could the Ducks pull out a win
before going back on the road for three games, or would they start yet another
Throughout the first period, play was a bit flat, but a few
plays kept the crowd in the game. The Ducks had two penalties called against
them including a tripping penalty called on Bobby Ryan, which had the audience
booing and hissing because even on the replay the call didn’t look to accurate.
On the upside for the Ducks, Mike Brown was on his game and followed up on a
rebound and was able to put the puck past former Duck Ilya Bryzgalov, giving a
one-goal lead going into the second period.
The game’s energy level picked up in the later half of the
second period when the captain of the Coyotes, Shane Doan, scored at 12:12,
tying the game at one. Thirty-four seconds later, the recently acquired Kyle
Chipchura, who scored his first goal as a Duck, shoved the puck into the
five-hole of Bryzgalov, reclaiming the Ducks’ one-goal lead.
“It seems that they’re pretty happy for me,” claimed
Chipchura, on his teammates reaction to his first goal and point in a Ducks
A few minutes after the Chipchura goal, Coyotes defenseman
Ed Jovanovski was called for holding giving the Ducks their third power play of
the game. About a minute into the one-man advantage, Ryan Getzlaf nailed the
puck to the net, adding to the Ducks’ lead.
The Ducks had a 3-1 lead going into the third period, but
as of late have had trouble hanging onto their leads. Less the four minutes
into the period, the Coyotes brought it back within one off a shot from
defenseman Adrian Aucoin. As time ticked by, it looked as though this one was
going to come down to the wire, but with less than three minutes remaining in
the period, the Ducks got a huge break as Matthew Lombardi was called for
hooking on a breakaway, giving Todd Marchant a penalty shot. Unfortunately for
Marchant, he’s now 0-for-3 in career penalty shots.
The Ducks held on to their one-goal lead, and with
thirty-seven seconds remaining in the game, Jovanovski was called for his
fourth penalty in the game, giving the Ducks an opportunity to seal the deal.
It took a grand total of seventeen seconds for Bobby Ryan to score as the Ducks
went on to win 4-2.
“I don’t look into how we did it,” commented Ducks’ coach
Randy Carlyle, when ask about the many advantages the Ducks were given by the
Coyotes, “I’m just happy we did it.”