NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, March 4th
(All times Eastern)
Anaheim Ducks (15-3-2) at Phoenix Coyotes (10-8-3), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes are looking to take advantage of a
stretch of three straight games against the Pacific Division-leading Anaheim
After drawing first blood over the weekend, the Coyotes look to crawl further
up the standings in Monday's rematch versus the Ducks in Phoenix.
These two division rivals opened a span of three games against each other in
five days, with the Coyotes logging a 5-4 home victory in a shootout on
Saturday. Following Monday's meeting, this mini-series concludes in Anaheim on
Phoenix hopes to be in good shape by that time as Saturday's win pulled it out
of last place in the Pacific Division, a point ahead of Los Angeles. It trails
second-place San Jose and Dallas by a point, while Anaheim is eight points
clear in first place.
Steve Sullivan notched a game-tying goal in the third period over the weekend
and then had the lone shootout tally, beating Anaheim's Viktor Fasth between
Mike Smith, meanwhile, capped his 31-save effort by turning aside all three
skaters he faced in the shootout.
"(Smith) made some timely saves," Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett said. "No
goalie likes to give up four goals. But if you look at the saves he made, he
kept them off the board on their early power play."
Lauri Korpikoski scored twice for the Coyotes, who had lost three of four but
bested the Ducks at home for the eighth time in the last 11 meetings. Mikkel
Boedker had an assist, giving him five points in his last three games.
Shane Doan, meanwhile, was given an assist on a goal by Matthew Lombardi, the
Phoenix captain's 799th career point.
The Ducks lost for just the second time in 10 games despite Andrew Cogliano's
second career hat trick. His first also came in Phoenix on Jan. 31 of last
"I just got in the right spots, and I don't think Smith was ready for them,"
Cogliano said of his goals.
Saku Koivu added a goal and two assists, while Fasth finished with 33 saves as
the Ducks had a two-game winning streak snapped. They also lost forward Kyle
Palmieri to an upper body injury in the first period.
Koivu is four points shy of 800 for his career.
Anaheim has lost six of its last nine versus Phoenix overall.
This is just the second time that the Coyotes are facing an opponent in three
straight regular-season games in franchise history. They also faced the Sharks
on Nov. 10, 12 and 15 in 2007.
This string of games marks the first time that the Ducks are facing the same
team in three straight contests.
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