Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan scored goals, and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 22 saves, but Jim Vandermeer’s second goal of the game at 1:18 of overtime lifted the Phoenix Coyotes to a 3-2 victory at Honda Center.
Corey Perry assisted on Nick Boynton’s late goal, giving him a franchise-record and NHL-leading 18 straight games with a point.
With time running out on the Ducks’ three-game winning streak (and Perry’s point streak), Ryan deflected a shot from the right point past Ilya Bryzgalov at 18:06 of the third period. Perry was credited with the secondary assist.
Getzlaf’s goal came with the Ducks holding a 5-on-4 power play at 5:12 of the second period.
It’s tough to know exactly what Jean-Sebastien Giguere was thinking when Dustin Byfuglien flattened him, then stumbled over him, midway through the second period Friday. Maybe he thought Byfuglien wanted to fight — after all, the Blackhawks’ forward did the service of removing Giguere’s helmet — as the Ducks’ goaltender responded with a quick shove.
Whatever Giguere was thinking, he needs to keep thinking it.
By all accounts, his confidence hit a high-water mark in Friday’s 3-0 shutout victory over Chicago. It was the 32nd of Giguere’s career but his first in a season that has seen him cast him as trade bait more often than an emotional leader.
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