Selanne scored his second goal on a power play with 3:07 left in overtime, and the Anaheim Ducks erased a three-goal deficit to beat the Phoenix Coyotes 5-4 on Thursday night.
"When it was 4-1 I was thinking, 'What's going on? There's no intensity, no passion, none whatsoever," Selanne said. "But it takes 20 guys getting frustrated to get their work boots on and start working. We started battling and the momentum totally changed for us."
"Hopefully this is a turning point for us," Selanne said. "I almost forgot how good it feels to win a game."
Anaheim's comeback, starting with Pronger's goal at 19:55 of the second period, was the latest three-goal rally in franchise history.
"We need to get on a little bit of a roll, get some wins under our belt and get some confidence back," Pronger said. "Certainly after getting three goals on the power play tonight and coming from behind, we were able to do it."
"I don't think we sat back at all in the third," said defenseman Travis Roche, whose interference penalty led to the Ducks' power play and Selanne's goal. "Certainly we didn't intend to. They came out hard and threw their 'A' game at us in the third and we didn't respond."
The Coyotes were without defenseman Ed Jovanovski, who was a late scratch with an elbow injury.
Selanne beat Curtis Joseph with a shot from the left edge of the crease into the top right side of the net for his 526th career goal.
Pronger started the Ducks' rally from a 4-1 deficit with a power-play goal with 4.4 seconds left in the second period, beating Joseph on a blast from top of the left faceoff circle.
"Anytime you can score in the waning seconds of a period it seems to light a fire under your group," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. "It wasn't pretty for a while but we aren't going to critique a win."
Penner made it 4-3 at 5:11 of the third off a rebound before Pronger tied the game on a disputed goal from the top of the left circle.
"It was pretty obvious," the Coyotes' Shane Doan said. "But they refs are trying. They're doing their best. It was a mad scramble in front and it's unfortunate that it ended up going straight into our net immediately after that sequence."
It was a trying night for the officials overall. Three of Phoenix's four goals and a near miss by Anaheim had been reviewed earlier in the game.
Ballard had given Phoenix a 2-1 lead with 41.8 seconds left in the period when he took a backhand pass from Doan and guided the puck into the net as he was tripped from behind by Anaheim's Francois Beauchemin.
Tjarnqvist, acquired from Dallas on Monday along with a first-round pick for Ladislav Nagy, extended the lead to 3-1 at 2:48 of the second period when he beat Jean-Sebastien Giguere on rebound in the crease. Saprykin made it 4-1 at 6:58 while laying prone in the crease, redirecting Roche's shot from the right goal line past Giguere.
"At 4-1 we got back on our heels and took the penalty that made it 4-2 and gave them momentum," said Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky said. "They're a good hockey club but they just kept coming at us."
- Selanne, who also had an assist, moved past
- New York Islanders great Bryan Trottier into sole possession of 27th place on the career goals list.
- Selanne, traded away by the Winnipeg Jets just before the club's move to Phoenix, has 30 goals and 33 assists in 44 career games against the Coyotes.
- Tjarnqvist's goal was his first since January 4.
- The Coyotes' offensive ranks have been thinned so severely after the Nagy trade that Ballard, a defenseman, was positioned in front of the crease as a power forward on the Phoenix power play.
- Gretzky said Jovanovski also would miss Saturday's game against Detroit. "He's got an injury that's been bothering him and hasn't been getting any better and we need to get it better," Gretzky said.