The only certainty at the moment in the Pacific Division is that you can’t be certain about anything in the Pacific Division.
All five teams are separated by two points, thanks to the Ducks’ 6-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday. Losers of six straight, the Ducks ended the Coyotes’ seven-game winning streak by scoring five straight goals to erase a 3-1 deficit.
Bobby Ryan scored three of the five for his first hat trick of the season. Corey Perry scored one and Brandon McMillan had another, the first goal of his NHL career, off a precision pass by Ryan Getzlaf from behind the Coyotes’ net.
Jason Blake scored in the first period against Anaheim goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, who had allowed six goals in his past four games but doubled that total Saturday. “Bryz” fell to 9-7-2 against the Ducks in his career.
Getzlaf, who finished with four assists, told reporters after the game that “it was nice to be able to get back and come back from a deficit, and
tonight we played and we battled back and stayed with it … It was
great. It was exactly how we wanted to respond.”
Jonas Hiller allowed goals to Derek Morris, Lauri Korpikoski and Keith Yandle to stake the Coyotes to a 3-1 lead halfway through the game. Fifty-one seconds after Yandle’s goal, Ryan had a critical response after Getzlaf put a shot off the side of the net and it caromed to Ryan in the slot. That opened the floodgates for the Ducks, who killed a critical 4-minute high-sticking double-minor to Andy Sutton spanning the second and third periods.
Hiller stopped 30 shots to improve to 9-9-2 on the season. Perry and defenseman Cam Fowler had a pair of assists.
The Ducks played without Teemu Selanne (groin) and Lubomir Visnovsky (back spasms). Andy Sutton stepped into Visnovsky’s spot alongside Toni Lydman, who logged a team-high 24:31.