Another great win for the Anaheim Ducks, as they dominated the Phoenix Coyotes 6-2. The Ducks played a full 60 minutes and got some help from their third line. It is clear the Ducks have turned over a new leaf, looking like a completely different team than they did only a month ago.
The Ducks got huge performances from Francois Beauchemin, Jason Blake, Nick Bonino and Andrew Cogliano. Without a doubt the Blake-Cogliano-Bonino line was the best of the night. They came in hard and made tons of smart plays. It paid off as they tallied 6 points on the night. Jonas Hiller is definitely back to his usual self, putting up yet another good performance (and he didn’t let in a single weak goal!).
Phoenix started off the scoring when former Ducks Kyle Chipchura scored his first goal of the season. The Ducks didn’t back down however and tied the game up when Niklas Hagman tipped in a Lubo slap shot. Only two minutes later, Francois Beauchemin gave the Ducks the lead by burying a rebound while on the power-play.
The second period started off much the same as the first, with Phoenix’s Daymond Langkow tieing the game up almost halfway into the period. The Ducks third line struck again as they created some great pressure and got the puck to Beauchemin for his second goal of the night. Four minutes later, Blake got his 4th goal in three games bringing the Ducks to a 4-2 lead.
Three minutes into the 3rd period, George Parros made a surprisingly good play and sent a beautiful pass to Matt Beleskey who sniped it passed Smith. I must say, Beleskey has really improved recently. While Parros was off for tripping, the Ducks sealed the victory as Beauchemin got a pass to the streaking Corey Perry for a shorthanded goal.
- The Ducks went 1/1 on the PP and 4/4 on the PK
- Jason Blake has scored 4 goals in 3 games
- The Ducks improved to 6-0-1 in their last 7
- Corey Perry scored his 6th short handed goal, tieing 4th place for the club record
- Teemu Selanne assist #732, moving into 44th place in career NHL assists (tied with Rod Brind’Amour)
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