Ducks Dominate Phoenix Coyotes 4-1


The Ducks win!!! For once, the Ducks played a solid 60 minutes of hockey (with the exception of a few sloppy plays in the 2nd) and dominated the Phoenix Coyotes 4-1. Visnovsky finally returned and it was clear how much we needed him. The blue line looked much sharper and the team as a whole had much more energy than usual.

Tonight was definitely the best game of hockey the Ducks have played all season long.

I am going to try and keep these simpler and only give the important notes here. Lets see how this goes…

Game Recap

First Period-

  • Lubomir Visnovsky back with the team, much needed return. Hiller in net
  • Ducks again looking very good in the first
  • Rod Pelley scores on his first shot of the game!! (ANA-1, PHX-0)
  • Ducks went 0/3 on the PP this period and registered 13 shots on goal
Second Period-
  • At 1:07 Niklas Hagman shoots a wrister from past Smith (ANA-2, PHX-0)
  • Ducks starting to look a little sloppy, but the blue line looks much better
  • Martin Hanzal capitalizes on a Sbisa penalty (ANA-2, PHX-1)
  • Sloppy penalties will always be a problem for the Ducks
  • Getzlaf gets a solid breakaway, but makes a lousy attempt
  • Niklas Hagman scores his second of the period by storming the crease (ANA-3, PHX-1).
Third Period-
  • Kyle Palmieri gets his first NHL goal after redirecting a Bobby Ryan slapshot (ANA-4, PHX-1).
  • Mike Smith denies Hagman, stopping him from getting a hat trick
  • Ducks look like pros tonight
  • Mike Smith AGAIN denies Hagman on a beautiful shot
Stats:
  • Jonas Hiller got his 8th win of the season (yikes)
  • Kyle Palmieri scored his second NHL goal tonight
  • The Ducks head out for a 5 game road trip starting in Chicago
  • Rod Pelley scored his first goal as a Duck
  • Ryan has points in 3 of his last 4 games.
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Tags: Anaheim Ducks Bobby Ryan Jonas Hiller Kyle Palmieri Mike Smith Niklas Hagman Phoenix Coyotes Rod Pelley