Coyotes bag second straight shootout win over Ducks

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Glendale, AZ, United States (4E Sports) – Oliver Ekman-Larsson netted the game-winning goal in the fifth round of the shootout to lift the Phoenix Coyotes to their second consecutive 5-4 win over the Anaheim Ducks Monday at Jobing.com.

Two days ago, the Coyotes snapped the Ducks’ two-game winning streak via the same score. This time, the Coyotes proved that win was no fluke as they repeated over one of the league’s hottest teams.

“We play them again Wednesday and I’ll take another one if it means two more points,” said defenseman Keith Yandle, who collected his 200th National Hockey League point with a second-period goal. “We had a few more shooters in the shootout, but otherwise it was looking in a mirror.

“The biggest thing was answering when they scored. We stayed positive. If you get down mentally, a team like that will bury you,” Yandle added.

Aside from Yandle, Antoine Vermette, Shane Doan and Michael Stone also scored for the Coyotes, who jumped from ninth to fourth spot in the tight Western Conference playoff race with 25 points, eight points behind the Ducks.

Mike Smith made 27 saves through regulation and overtime. He stopped Teemu Selanne, Corey Perry, Nick Bonino and allowed one to Ryan Getzlaf in the shootout.

Jonas Hiller made 36 saves for Anaheim and stopped Mikkel Boedker, Vermette and Shane Doan in the shootout. However, he surrendered goals to Steve Sullivan scored in the second round and Ekman-Larsson in the final round.

Getzlaf, Perry, Bobby Ryan and Matt Belesky scored for the Ducks, who dropped to 15-3-3 after two setbacks.

“We have flashes where we are playing really well and other times where we tend to drift,” Getzlaf said. “Every time we went out and did something in a positive way, we took a step back. We have a little work to do.”

Beleskey opened the game with his fifth goal for the Ducks but Vermette retaliated with his sixth score in the second period to tie the game.

The Coyotes stormed ahead at 6:34 with a power play goal from Yandle before Gelzlaf scored his eighth score to tie the game at two.

In the third period, Perry and Ryan delivered goals to offset one by Doan and put the Ducks ahead, 4-3. However, Stone tied the game at four with his second goal of the season at 7:49.

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