Phoenix at Anaheim

Mueller's hat trick, Doan's late goal cap Coyotes OT win vs. Ducks


ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Phoenix captain Shane Doan made sure Peter Mueller's first career hat trick didn't go to waste.

Doan scored with 30.3 seconds left in overtime, capitalizing on an ugly turnover in the Anaheim zone and giving the Coyotes a 6-5 victory over the Ducks on Wednesday night.

It was a welcome sight for Mueller, a 19-year-old rookie center whose three goals came after a season-opening 12-game stretch in which he scored only once.

"It's an unbelievable feeling," said Mueller, the eighth overall pick in the 2006 draft. "The guys have been laying it out there on a silver platter for me. Tonight I just got the bounces and they went in. I'm playing with guys like Shane Doan and Steve Reinprecht, who are great players. And when they put you on the ice with them, you have to contribute."

Reinprecht had a power-play goal and two assists, helping Phoenix extend its road winning streak to five games. Radim Vrbata scored in his third consecutive game for the Coyotes, who played the defending Stanley Cup champions for the third time in a span of six games and beat them for the second time.

The game appeared to be heading for a shootout, as Anaheim's Corey Perry was content to skate backward with the puck behind the Ducks' blue line. But he collided with teammate Francois Beauchemin near the left boards, and Doan jumped on the loose puck before beating a stunned Jean-Sebastien Giguere with a slap shot to the glove side for his 36th career game-winning goal.

"It was just a lucky bounce, but you've got to take advantage of it," Doan said. "Obviously, you put your head down and shoot as hard as you can."

Mathieu Schneider had a goal and two assists for Anaheim. Perry, Chris Kunitz and Todd Marchant also scored for the Ducks, who are off to a 6-8-3 start and are still awaiting a decision from Teemu Selanne and Scott Niedermayer as to whether they will come back to the team or retire.

"We've got a lot of new faces and we don't have the same makeup as we had last year," said Chris Pronger, who has replaced Niedermayer as captain. "It's a work in progress and it's going to take time, but we've got to continue to push forward and not let this bother us."

Mueller gave Phoenix a 5-4 lead with 15:45 to play, scoring from the edge of the crease after defenseman Kent Huskins lost the puck to Daniel Carcillo behind the net. The goal came while Perry was serving a high-sticking penalty.

"We're just not sharp in our own end," Pronger said. "We're allowing bad turnovers and not playing our positions, and it's costing us at times with either bad goals or untimely goals."

The Ducks tied it for the third time less than 1½ minutes later as Perry beat Alex Auld to the glove side with a 15-foot wrist shot from the right circle. Auld has allowed nine goals in his last two starts against the Ducks, after beating them 1-0 with 31 saves on Oct. 25 at Anaheim.

For the second consecutive game, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle pulled his starting goalie in an attempt to keep things from getting out of hand. Ilya Bryzgalov was yanked at 17:11 of the second period after giving up four goals on 18 shots. In Sunday's 5-0 home loss to Dallas, Giguere was benched after surrendering four goals on 19 shots.

"We're a fragile team right now," Schneider said. "I think we showed a lot of character by battling back, but I thought we sat on our heels a little bit too much once we tied it up. It was a crazy game."

After Marchant's first goal of the season gave Anaheim a 2-1 lead at 4:10 of the second period, the Coyotes responded with goals by Mueller, Reinprecht and Vrbata during an 8:46 span. Vrbata's short backhander from just outside the crease gave Phoenix a 4-2 lead, sending Bryzgalov to the bench.

Schneider made it a one-goal difference about 1½ minutes after the change, beating Auld through a screen with a 50-foot slap shot while Mueller was off for hooking.

Miller tied it less than two minutes into the third period during a goalmouth scramble. Referee Paul Devorski needed the video goal judge to sort things out, because the NHL eliminated goal judges behind the net this season in order to sell more tickets.


The Coyotes play at San Jose on Monday night, preventing coach Wayne Gretzky and wife Janet from attending longtime teammate Mark Messier's induction into the Hall of Fame at Toronto. "Obviously, we'd love to be there because that night typifies the career he had and all the great memories that we had together as friends and as teammates. But I'll be there in spirit and we'll be watching it on TV," said Gretzky, who won four Stanley Cups with Messier in Edmonton and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999. "We always enjoyed playing with each other. We had fun together, we pushed each other and we made each other better players. And at the end of the day, we both benefited tremendously from that."

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Shane Doan (center) receives props for his game-winning, overtime goal against the Ducks.  (AP)
Shane Doan (center) receives props for his game-winning, overtime goal against the Ducks. (AP)
Phoenix  (6-7-0) «13116
Anaheim (6-8-3)12205
Three Stars
T. Marchant

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
S. Doan

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
C. Pronger

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 3

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Scoring Summary
08:51Peter Mueller (2), Tip-In. Assist: Keith Ballard, Steve Reinprecht
10:23Power Play - Chris Kunitz (6), Backhand Shot. Assist: Ryan Getzlaf, Chris Pronger
04:10Power Play - Todd Marchant (1), Tip-In. Assist: Mathieu Schneider, Chris Pronger
08:25Power Play - Peter Mueller (3), Snap Shot. Assist: Shane Doan, Steve Reinprecht
15:45Power Play - Steve Reinprecht (3), Tip-In. Assist: Ed Jovanovski, Niko Kapanen
17:11Radim Vrbata (5), Backhand Shot. Assist: Mike York, Craig Weller
18:43Power Play - Mathieu Schneider (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Chris Pronger, Chris Kunitz
01:38Drew Miller (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Mathieu Schneider, Andy McDonald
04:15Power Play - Peter Mueller (4), Tip-In. Assist: Daniel Carcillo, Martin Hanzal
05:38Corey Perry (9), Snap Shot. Assist: Chris Kunitz
04:29Shane Doan (3), Slap Shot, Unassisted.
Penalty Summary
06:09O'Donnell, 2 min, Slashing
06:09Carcillo, 2 min, Slashing
10:09Michalek, 2 min, Delay of Game
11:35Parros, 2 min, Hooking
11:51Pahlsson, 2 min, Hooking
14:45Michalek, 2 min, Hooking
02:09Morris, 2 min, Slashing
06:25Huskins, 2 min, Holding the Stick
10:35Parros, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
14:14Marchant, 2 min, High-Sticking
18:21Mueller, 2 min, Hooking
02:23Perry, 2 min, High-Sticking
10:00Schneider, 2 min, Kneeing
16:50Jovanovski, 2 min, Holding
Shots On Goal
Alex Auld 64:01225
Ilya Bryzgalov37:10144
Jean-Sebastien Giguere27:1892
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Referees - Paul Devorski, Eric Furlatt
Linesmen - Steve Barton, Tim Nowak
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