Ducks Get Drubbed In Phoenix

Teemu Selanne has 1,299 career NHL points.

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Ducks Get Drilled By Coyotes, 6-2

Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Ray Whitney tallied two goals and an assist as Phoenix continued its hot streak with a 6-2 rout of Anaheim. Lee Stempniak added a goal and two assists while Sami Lepisto notched a goal and an assist for the Coyotes, who have won four straight and have recorded a point in eight straight games. Taylor Pyatt and Adrian Aucoin also lit the lamp for the victors and Ilya Bryzgalov made 26 saves.

Corey Perry finished with a goal and an assist as the Ducks had a three-game winning streak stymied. Matt Beleskey potted a goal in the loss and Jonas Hiller surrendered four goals on 26 shots. Curtis McElhinney came into the third period for Anaheim and made just six saves on eight shots. Phoenix drew first blood 7:35 into the game when Radim Vrbata raced down the right boards with the puck. He hit a streaking Whitney in the slot where his one-timer beat Hiller's stabbing glove.

Anaheim found the equalizer nearing the midway point of the first on Beleskey's low slapper that burned Bryzgalov. The Coyotes tallied three goals in the second period to take a commanding 4-1 lead heading into the final frame. Just 31 seconds into the second period, Aucoin found the back of the net as Phoenix took a 2-1 edge. He got the goal after a loose puck trickled to the top of the right circle, the defenseman then wound up and ripped a shot that sailed past the Duck's netminder.

Pyatt scored his 12th goal of the season with a tip in 12 1/2 minutes into the period and Lepisto ended the three-goal frame with a wrister. McElhinney started the third period but that didn't help as the Coyotes lead was expanded, 5-1, seven minutes into the third on Whitney's second goal of the contest. The Ducks added a late goal after Lubomir Visnovsky kept the puck alive in the offensive zone by gloving a dump pass and shoveling it over to Perry, who ripped a shot from the right circle.

Stempniak made up the final score after slapping a one-timer from a cross ice pass from Oliver Ekman-Larsson with 4:01 left in regulation. Teemu Selanne entered the game sitting on 1,299 career NHL points. He was unable to reach the 1,300 milestone against Phoenix...Vrbata ended with two assists...Despite the high scoring performance by the Coyotes, they blanked on five power-play chances.

For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read Anaheim Calling.

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Ducks Vs. Coyotes: Anaheim Travels To Phoenix Looking For Fourth Straight Win

(Sports Network) - The month of January has been kind to both the Anaheim Ducks and Phoenix Coyotes. The Coyotes look to extend a seven-game point streak this evening at Jobing.com Arena while the Ducks begin a road-heavy portion of their schedule aiming for a fourth straight victory. Phoenix has gone 5-0-2 since the start of 2011 and picked up its third straight victory on Thursday. The Coyotes are fourth overall in the Western Conference, one point up on Anaheim, and four back of the Pacific Division- leading Stars.

The Ducks, meanwhile will play five of six and 11 of their next 14 on the road following a 5-1-0 homestand. Anaheim is 8-11-3 on the road, where it has lost four of its last six, compared to 16-7-1 at home. While both clubs have done well in the new year, it is the Ducks who have had the edge over the Coyotes all season long. Anaheim has won three of four over its division rivals this year, including a pair of victories in Phoenix. The Ducks notched a 3-1 victory when the clubs last met at Jobing.com Arena on Dec. 28.

Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf has six assists in the four meetings, but suffered multiple sinus and nasal fractures after getting hit in the face by a shot in the recent matchup. He isn't expected to return to action until sometime in February. Anaheim goaltender Jonas Hiller is 3-1-0 with a 2.25 goals-against average versus the Coyotes this year, while Bobby Ryan and Corey Perry both have three goals and three assists in the four meetings.

Ryan notched the third hat trick of his career in a 7-4 victory over the Blues on Wednesday that capped the Ducks' homestand. Ryan, who has been filling in for Getzlaf at center on the top line, finished with a career-high four points and has six goals in his last three games after posting just three in 15 games last month. "We've realized that on a homestand you really need to come out and put your best foot forward," Ryan said. "The month of December was a little bit ugly. We've gone on streaks all year long. We need to come out at home, establish the forecheck and our identity."

Perry added a goal and an assist for the Ducks, who have won six of their last seven overall and were coming off back-to-back shutouts. Hiller was in net for both and had his shutout streak end at 178 minutes and 34 seconds.

Phoenix will try to make sure Hiller doesn't start building a new streak tonight and is coming off Thursday's 5-1 triumph versus Toronto. Shane Doan, Taylor Pyatt, Lauri Korpikoski and Keith Yandle all scored in the third period and Ilya Bryzgalov made 28 saves. "[Bryzgalov] was really good," Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett said after his club won the opener of a four-game homestand. "These are very important games to us."

Phoenix could be a little short at the blue line tonight after Ed Jovanovski suffered a lower-body injury late in the second period and did not return. Fellow defenseman Michal Rozsival has yet to play for the Coyotes since being acquired from the Rangers on Monday due to a bruised rib and isn't expected to debut until next week. Bryzgalov, drafted by the Anaheim franchise in 2000, is 1-2-0 with a 3.03 GAA versus his former club this year, while Doan has a pair of goals and five assists in the four meetings.

For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read Anaheim Calling.

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