Ducks End Homestand With Win Over Phoenix Coyotes

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Cam Fowler Has Broken Nose, Probable For Wednesday

Anaheim Ducks' defenseman Cam Fowler, the 18-year old phenom who is holding his own in the NHL, got a welcome-to-the-league moment Sunday night, when he was hit by Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes. The aftermath of the hit brought this news, from the Ducks today:

Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler has a broken nose, suffered last night vs. Phoenix. He is listed as probable for Wednesday's game in Columbus.

Here is video of the hit on Fowler, via Anaheim Calling:

The Ducks begin a four-game road trip in Columbus on Wednesday against the Blue Jackets.

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Shane Doan Disciplined By NHL For Hit On Dan Sexton

Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes faced a disciplinary hearing by the NHL this morning for his hit last night of Dan Sexton of the Anaheim Ducks, the second of two crushing hits by Doan, with the other coming against Cam Fowler. Per Bob McKenzie of TSN:

Just to clarify, Doan had two hits. One on Fowler was fine by NHL, the one on Sexton not so much. Hearing is for Sexton hit.

Arthur from Anaheim Calling has the details of both Doan hits:

Fowler had finished a coast to coast rush and was skating behind the net after shooting the puck when Doan caught him off balance and drilled him into the boards as the rookie's head was at hip level.  Fowler was conscious but remained down after the hit, and according to Coach Randy Carlyle sustained a cut to his nose.  

Later in the game, Doan put a blindside hit on Dan Sexton in the neutral zone three beats after the winger had released the puck.  The Coyotes' captain's shoulder jarred Sexton's head on the hit in what looked like a textbook example of the NHL's new rule against blindside checks.

The Ducks won last night's game against the Coyotes, 3-2 at Honda Center, in the final game of a three-game homestand.

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Late Corey Perry Goal Gives Ducks 3-2 Win Over Phoenix

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Corey Perry netted the go-ahead goal with 5:37 remaining to lift Anaheim to a 3-2 win over Phoenix at Honda Center.

Bobby Ryan assisted on each goal while Ryan Getzlaf added a pair of helpers for the Ducks, who finished their first homestand with two wins in three games.

Rookie defenseman Cam Fowler scored his first career goal for the Ducks but left the game with an injury and did not return.

Jonas Hiller made 36 saves to register the win.

Eric Belanger had a goal and an assist and Jason LaBarbera turned away 32 shots in defeat for the Coyotes, who have lost three in a row after opening the year with a win over Boston in Prague.

Ryan won a battle for the puck behind his own net and made an outlet pass to Getzlaf to get the rush started. The Anaheim captain burst into the attack zone along the left side and sent a perfect cross-ice pass to Perry, who redirected it past LaBarbera from the bottom of the right circle for his third of the year.

Hiller kept the game tied in the final 30 seconds as he stoned Lee Stempniak from right in front at the top of the crease.

Both teams had a number of scoring opportunities in the first 20 minutes, including Stempniak, who hit the right post about midway through the period, but were stymied by both netminders.

Anaheim broke the scoreless deadlock 3:41 into the middle stanza.

Getzlaf got to a loose puck in the left corner and, while taking a hit, dished to Fowler at the point. The youngster's shot through traffic climbed over LaBarbera's left shoulder into the top corner.

Ryan took a return pass from Perry and then made a backhand pass from behind the net through the crease to the left doorstep where Toni Lydman wristed it past LaBarbera to give the Ducks a 2-0 edge six minutes later.

Phoenix cut the lead in half just 61 seconds into the final session. Shane Doan played a loose puck out of the corner and found Scottie Upshall below the left face-off circle. Upshall's shot hit the left post, caromed off the back of Hiller and landed over the goal line just ahead of Hiller's reach.

Phoenix tied the game with 8:41 to play on a turnover in the Ducks zone. Adrian Aucoin's poke check jarred the puck free where it was picked up in the slot by Doan, who found Belanger moving in on the right side and his one-timer from the bottom of the circle made it past Hiller.

Getzlaf has recorded two goals and six assists in his last three games. He has nine goals and 24 assists in 32 career games against the Coyotes...Perry has notched 12 goals and nine assists in 30 meetings with Phoenix...Hiller is 9-2-2 in 14 contests versus the Coyotes...LaBarbera is 3-3-1 in eight games against the Ducks...Belanger has eight goals and 15 assists in 36 meetings with Anaheim...Coyotes center Martin Hanzal left the game with a lower body injury and did not return...Sunday was the first of six matchups between the teams.


Ducks Look To End Homestand With Win Against Coyotes

(Sports Network) - The Anaheim Ducks will try to complete a three-game homestand with a win when they host the Phoenix Coyotes tonight in a Pacific Division battle at the Honda Center.

The Ducks have just one win in five games (1-3-1) this year, but the club has shown signs of improvement lately after getting outscored 13-2 in a season- opening three-game road trip. Anaheim has earned a point in the first two tests of the current residency, going 1-0-1 with a win over Vancouver and a shootout loss against Atlanta.

Anaheim was dealt a 5-4 setback by the Thrashers on Friday night as Nigel Dawes scored the lone goal of the shootout and Anthony Stewart notched the first hat trick of his career. The Ducks led the game 4-2 early in the third period, but Stewart notched his second and third goals of the night to force overtime.

Teemu Selanne and Corey Perry each had a goal and two assists for the Ducks. Ryan Getzlaf added a goal and an assist, and Jonas Hiller, who was beat on Dawes' game-ending wrist shot, made 29 stops in defeat.

"We just need to keep pushing. We have a big game coming up on Sunday and we know it," Getzlaf said. "Any time you lose in your own building, it's disappointing, especially when you have the lead going into the third. We worked pretty hard all game long. We needed to close it out of the end and we didn't."

Friday's loss did mark the season debut of Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman, who had missed all of training camp and the first four games of the season with double vision.

Following tonight's test the Ducks will head out on a four-game road trip. The swing will begin Wednesday evening in Columbus and Anaheim won't play at the Honda Center again until October 29 against New Jersey.

The Coyotes, meanwhile, have lost two in a row, but they did receive a point in Saturday's loss to the Detroit Red Wings -- Phoenix's playoff nemesis from last spring. Niklas Kronwall scored with 18 seconds left in overtime to lift the Red Wings to the 2-1 road win at Arena.

Skating 4-on-3 in the overtime session, Henrik Zetterberg sent a hard pass from the low left circle to the slot, where Kronwall one-timed it through a screen and into the left corner of the net for the win. Kronwall's game- winning tally was the lone goal on eight power-play opportunities for Detroit.

Martin Hanzal lit the lamp and Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 31 shots in the loss for the Coyotes, who were playing their first game since splitting a pair of contests with Boston in Prague, Czech Republic last weekend to start the season.

"When you give up as many power plays as we did you're tempting fate too hard," said Phoenix head coach Dave Tippett. "Especially when you're playing a team like Detroit that has a great power play."

Detroit eliminated Phoenix in seven games in the opening round of last year's playoffs. It was the first time the Coyotes were in the postseason since 2002.

The Coyotes notched four wins in six meetings with the Ducks last year, but only one of those victories came in Anaheim. Phoenix has won five of seven overall in the series, but the Ducks have taken four of the last five encounters on their home ice.

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