The Ducks win their third straight in grand fashion: Ryan Getzlaf scored twice, George Parros, Scott Niedermayer and Andrew Ebbett also scored to give Jonas Hiller (26 saves) plenty of support.
Here is the AP recap:
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ryan Getzlaf scored two power-play goals in the third period, Scott Niedermayer and rookie Andrew Ebbett also connected with the man advantage, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Phoenix Coyotes 6-2 on Sunday night.
The four power-play goals tied a franchise record for the Ducks, whose fourth win in five games put them a point behind Nashville for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot and kept them tied with Minnesota. They’re 7-for-12 on the power play over their last three games, after going 1-for-28 in their previous eight.
Corey Perry and George Parros also scored, Chris Pronger had three assists and Jonas Hiller made 26 saves. The Ducks won a home game in regulation for the first time since beating Buffalo 3-2 on Feb. 2. They also snapped a club record-tying string of eight consecutive one-goal games, which followed a 6-0 loss at Boston.
Bobby Ryan’s assist on Perry’s goal gave him 46 points, breaking the Ducks’ rookie record set by Dustin Penner during the Stanley Cup championship season of 2006-07. Ryan, who didn’t make his season debut until Nov. 16, is only three points behind Chicago’s Kris Versteeg for the NHL rookie lead despite playing in 14 fewer games.
Petr Prucha and Shane Doan scored second-period goals for Phoenix. Ilya Bryzgalov, the backup goalie for the Ducks two seasons ago when they won the Stanley Cup, finished with 24 saves after allowing six or more goals for the sixth time this season.
Pronger’s slap shot from just inside the blue line was redirected by Niedermayer at 4:55 of the first period while Matthew Lombardi was off for high-sticking Ryan.
Parros made it 2-0 at 18:11 of the first, converting a rebound from a sharp angle to the right of the net after Bryzgalov made a leg save on Erik Christensen’s wrist shot from the left circle. The goal was the fifth this season for Parros, one more than the Ducks’ enforcer had in 158 games over his previous three NHL seasons combined.
Prucha cut the deficit in half just 48 seconds into the second period with his fifth goal this season and first in 10 games with the Coyotes, who acquired him from the New York Rangers on March 4.
But Perry restored Anaheim’s two-goal lead at 9:55 of the second with his 24th of the season, converting a centering pass at the edge of the crease after Getzlaf made a superb stickhandling move around defenseman Zbynek Michalek that left the defenseman flat on his stomach and flailing at air with his stick.
Doan made it a one-goal game again at 14:47 of the second, after Christensen coughed up the puck to him deep in the Anaheim zone. It was the 28th for the Coyotes’ captain, tying the career high he set last season. He averaged exactly 28 goals over the last five seasons.
Getzlaf’s first goal increased the margin to 4-2 with 11:11 to play. Todd Fedoruk was serving an interference penalty when Pronger took a snap shot from the right circle that Getzlaf redirected between his own legs and Bryzgalov’s legs with his back to the net.
Scottie Upshall was given a four-minute high-sticking penalty with 3:40 left in the game after cutting Pronger. Getzlaf scored his second goal of the game and 23rd of the season 21 seconds later, then Ebbett cashed in 36 seconds later for his sixth goal.
The Coyotes, whose 21-17-3 road record last season was the third-best in franchise history, are only 11-22-4 this season with four to go.
Notes: Anaheim LW Rob Niedermayer, who played in his 1,000th NHL regular-season game Thursday, was honored for his milestone during a pregame ceremony in which his older brother presented him with a Rolex watch on behalf of the entire team. … Pronger, Todd Marchant and Bret Hedican also have reached the 1,000-game mark earlier this season, making Anaheim the first team to have four players reach 1,000 career games in the same season since the 1998-99 Los Angeles Kings (Ray Ferraro, Russ Courtnall, Garry Galley and Doug Bodger). … The Niedermayers are the fourth set of brothers in league history to play in 1,000 games each, joining Russ and Geoff Courtnall, Kevin and Derian Hatcher, and Brent and Ron Sutter. … The Ducks haven’t won more than two games in a row since a four-game streak Nov. 22-30. … Bryzgalov recorded back-to-back wins for the first time since Jan. 17-15, when he beat Vancouver and Calgary on the road. In between, he was 5-14-2 with a 3.25 goals-against average. … The Coyotes, coming off a four-game homestand, began a season-ending 10-game stretch in which they will not have consecutive games at home or on the road. Their season finale is against the Ducks on April 11 in Phoenix.