It only took three times (and a change of venue!) but the Ducks finally defeated the Coyotes. After two consecutive 5-4 shootout losses in Phoenix, the miniseries came to Anaheim where everything changed.
The Ducks and Jonas Hiller were able to procure a 2-0 shutout on Wednesday night. In a case of very strange fuzzy math, the Ducks and Coyotes split the three game series with four points each.
Anaheim continued their recent trend of scoring first with Corey Perry getting what would be the eventual game winner at 7:10 of the first period. He put the puck behind Jason LaBarbera, who was in net instead of Mike Smith.
LaBarbera stopped everything else, including a penalty shot by Andrew Cogliano in the second period.
The only other puck that went in was Ryan Getzlaf's empty netter with less than a minute remaining in the game. That made it 2-0 and sealed the victory for Anaheim.
"That was a much better defensive effort," said Getzlaf. "Our goaltending was great, and we didn't give them second chances."
Bobby Ryan, who was back on the top line with Perry and Getzlaf, also liked how his teammates played.
"I thought we locked the neutral zone up pretty well," Ryan said. "We didn’t really let them get through there too many times with full possession. They were having to dump it a lot and our D was doing a good job going back and keeping it along the wall and getting it out. It was just a gutsier effort defensively.”
That defense gave Hiller a bit of a rest in net. Getting his second consecutive start in net, Hiller only had to face 18 shots for his first shutout of the season, compared to 40 in the previous game.
The Ducks continue their every other day of play with a game on Friday night at home against the Calgary Flames. The Flames have not won in Anaheim since 2004, but you can be sure they will want to end that streak as well as slow down the Ducks progress as the second best team in the Western Conference and the NHL.