Dustin Penner, Corey Perry and Sami Vatanen broke open a 1-1 game with three goals 8:43 apart in the second period, leading the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-2 win against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on Saturday night. Penner finished with two goals and goalie Jonas Hiller made 42 saves to give the Ducks their second win in as many nights. Unlike the 1-0 overtime home win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday, there was plenty of offense on display against the Coyotes. Phoenix has lost nine times (regulation and overtime) this season, and a third of them have come against the Ducks, who beat the Coyotes 3-2 in a shootout on Oct. 18 and again 5-2 on Nov. 6, both at Honda Center. Phoenix was 3-0-2 since. "We knew it was going to be a tough building to play in," said Hiller, who set a personal career high for saves in a game. "We played a really solid road game. I was definitely excited to get the two points." The Coyotes had a season-high 44 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday and matched it with 44 more Saturday, but lost both games. Hiller backed up his 31-save shutout against Tampa Bay with another strong effort, playing especially well during a 15-save first period. "It’s definitely easier coming off a good game and finding your way right into it," he said. "I thought early on I had a few shots, so it was nice to be right into the game again. Everybody battled hard, guys were blocking shots. That’s what’s needed to win." Mike Ribeiro and Shane Doan scored for the Coyotes, who lost in regulation at home for the first time this season (9-1-2). The Ducks are now the only team in the League without a home regulation loss (9-0-2). Doan added an assist, extending his point streak to eight games. Coyotes goalie Mike Smith made 18 saves, including one on a penalty shot by Anaheim's Emerson Etem in the second period, before being replaced by Thomas Griess for the third. Phoenix not only lost the game, it lost its leading scorer. Martin Hanzal, who had produced 19 points in the first 22 games, left the game in the first period with a lower-body injury. The injury-riddled Ducks, who lost defenseman Luca Sbisa for 6-8 weeks with a tendon tear in his right hand and goalie Viktor Fasth for 3-4 weeks with a lower-body injury on Friday, lost defenseman Bryan Allen to a lower-body injury in the second period.
Penner, Hiller lead the way in Ducks' 4-2 victory over Coyotes
NHL.com | Nov 24