Phoenix at Anaheim

Rookie's first goal only one Auld, Coyotes need to shut down Ducks

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- It had been a long time since the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Ducks in Anaheim, and two newcomers helped them end that streak of futility.

Rookie Craig Weller scored his first NHL goal and Alex Auld logged his third career shutout in a 1-0 win Thursday night.

The victory was Phoenix's first in 11 games in Anaheim dating to Nov. 12, 2003.

"When you come into this building, you expect a lot of work," said Auld, who made many of his 31 saves with heavy traffic in front of him. "They are a very good team. We really weathered the storm.

"I thought we showed great poise for such a young team. That's huge for us going forward."

Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky said Auld was solid, and: "We got one lucky break, one lucky goal and we won the hockey game. I can tell you a couple of games we thought we should have won that we didn't. But it kind of evens out by the end of the year."

Auld signed as a free agent in August and the rangy 6-foot-5, 221-pounder evened his record with the Coyotes at 2-2.

Weller, who also signed as a free agent over the summer, scored at 3:02 of the second period.

Niko Kapanen set up the goal when he skated down the slot, slid a pass out to Weller on the right wing and Weller snapped off a shot that beat Ilya Bryzgalov high on the glove side.

"There was a lot of determination on our part and our 'D' played well," Weller said. "We didn't panic out there. They had some shifts where they had a lot of energy and they were throwing a lot at us.

"But we stayed together, we stayed in the middle of the ice and kept them to the outside."

Weller, a sixth-round pick by St. Louis in the 2000 entry draft, played at Hartford of the AHL for the past four seasons and was the team captain last year.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Ducks are off to a sluggish 4-7-1 start.

"I think the biggest thing is for us not to panic and start pointing fingers," Chris Pronger said. "We're all making mistakes out there. It's a fine line between winning and losing. Those little mistakes we're making are costing us games.

"It can be frustrating at times, but those are the situations when you don't want to be frustrated. You need to take a step back, take a couple deep breaths and make sure that you're staying as focused and determined as possible."

Bryzgalov had 20 saves, but still lost to the Coyotes for just the second time in his nine games against them.

The Ducks went 0-for-6 on power plays, including one 15-second span of the first period when they had a two-man advantage. The Coyotes had four power plays.

Notes

  • C Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim's leading scorer with 10 points, was sidelined by an upper body injury and F Rob Niedermayer was out with a groin injury. Also missing for the Ducks were D Mathieu Schneider (ankle) and F Todd Bertuzzi (concussion).
  • Auld's most recent shutout had been Nov. 28, 2006 against Montreal.
  • The Ducks have been busy so far this season, which they opened in London on Sept. 29-30. They've played 12 games so far, half of them on the road, and they still haven't won away from their home ice.
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Rookie Craig Weller is down but not out after scoring his first career goal in the big leagues. (Getty Images)
Rookie Craig Weller is down but not out after scoring his first career goal in the big leagues. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Phoenix  (3-5-0) «0101
Anaheim (4-7-1)0000
Three Stars
A. Auld
PHO


Saves: 31
Save Pct.: 1.000
A. McDonald
ANA


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0
C. Kunitz
ANA


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
None
2ND PERIOD
03:03Power Play - Craig Weller (1), Snap Shot. Assist: Niko Kapanen
3RD PERIOD
None
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
03:22May, 2 min, Hooking
07:45Winnik, 2 min, Delaying Game
11:29Kapanen, 2 min, Holding
16:56Morris, 2 min, Holding
18:41Michalek, 2 min, Cross Check
19:26Mowers, 2 min, Interference with goal tender.
2ND PERIOD
14:40Ballard, 2 min, Roughing
3RD PERIOD
05:53May, 2 min, Tripping
11:26Kapanen, 2 min, Hooking
13:53Huskins, 2 min, Slashing
19:35Huskins, 2 min, Holding
SHOTS ON GOAL
 123T
Phoenix77721
Anaheim1261129
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Alex Auld60:00310
Ilya Bryzgalov59:01201
Game Information
Attendance - 0
Referees - Brad Meier, Marc Joannette
Linesmen - Pierre Racicot, Dan Schachte
 
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