Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) – Bobby Ryan recorded a hat trick as Anaheim scored five consecutive goals in a 6-4 victory over the red-hot Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena.
Ryan Getzlaf had four assists in Anaheim’s comeback victory, which broke a six-game slide. Brandon McMillan recorded his first goal of the season, while Corey Perry and Jason Blake each tallied in the much-needed triumph.
Shane Doan had a goal and two helpers for the Coyotes, who at the other end of the spectrum had a seven-game win streak snapped. Derek Morris, Scottie Upshall and Keith Yandle each notched goals in the loss.
Anaheim collected its first lead 6:39 into the final period when Getzlaf collected a blocked shot and then crossed it to McMillan in the slot, who swept it in the net.
Perry made it a 5-3 game 55 seconds later with a feed from Getzlaf, and the Ducks’ fifth straight goal came at 8:15 when Getzlaf recorded his fourth helper on a feed to Ryan.
Coyotes cut it to a two-goal game with 5:57 left when the puck bounced of a Anaheim defender’s skate and Upshall was able to backhand it past Jonas Hiller.
But the Ducks were able hold on to their lead during the final minutes.
After a quick opening 14 minutes with very little play stoppages, Morris’ goal broke the scoring by ripping a re-directed glove-side shot from the point.
Blake knotted the score at one apiece with 83 seconds left to play in the first on a deep zone turnover picked up by Dan Sexton, who then shoveled it to Blake at the top of the crease for the goal past Ilya Bryzgalov.
Only 2:19 into the second period, Phoenix regained the lead when Doan threw the puck toward the net and it found its way past Hiller.
During a power play, Doan served Yandle’s one-timer from the right faceoff circle to give the Coyotes a two-goal cushion eight minutes later.
But that lead didn’t last long as Ryan lit the lamp to make it a 3-2 game with 9:03 left in the middle period.
The Ducks tied at three during an unusual turn of events 14:13 into the second. Phoenix had a chance to score when Wojtek Wolski had a point blank shot, but the puck bounced out of the zone and onto Ryan’s stick for a breakaway tally under Bryzgalov’s left leg.
Lubomir Visnovsky was out for the Ducks with back spasms and is day to day…Anaheim avoided their first seven-game slide since losing eight straight from Nov. 3-25, 2005…Hiller stopped 30-of-34 shots in the win, while Bryzgalov turned away 19-of-25 shots…Phoenix’s Adrian Aucoin and Ed Jovanovski were each a minus-three in the defeat.