Saku Koivu won a faceoff in the opening moments of overtime Saturday night at the Honda Center and then drifted into a dangerous patch of ice as Ducks defensemen Ben Lovejoy and Cam Fowler passed the puck between them on the perimeter.

Lovejoy wound up and unleashed a blistering shot on goal that the unmarked Koivu deflected past Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Thomas Greiss for the game-winning goal as a sellout crowd of 17,442 celebrated the Ducks’ 3-2 victory.

The Ducks’ 10th consecutive win had elements of the previous nine, but most of all it featured the sort of resolve that separates good teams from great ones. The Ducks (28-7-5) refused to crack after squandering a two-goal lead in the third period, but charged ahead during overtime.