Anaheim at Phoenix

Ducks capitalize on own goal, Ryan scores deciding goal in shootout


GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Anaheim Ducks caught a nice break Thursday night, an assist from the opposition that kept them in the thick of the NHL playoff race.

Phoenix's Kyle Turris deflected the puck into his own net with 7:01 to play for the second Anaheim goal and the Ducks went on to a 3-2 shootout victory against the Coyotes.

Ryan Getzlav kept Anaheim alive in the shootout with a goal in the third round, then Bobby Ryan slipped the puck past Ilya Bryzgalov in the fifth for the winner.

"I think it's best not to go down having a move in your mind because then if he doesn't react well, you're in trouble," Ryan said, "so I just freelanced it."

Todd Marchant had a pair of primary assists for the Ducks, who climbed into a tie with idle Dallas and Minnesota for ninth place in the West with 74 points -- three behind Nashville and Edmonton, who are tied for seventh. The top eight teams in the conference will make the playoffs.

"We were sure lucky about those two points," goalie Jonas Hiller said. "It wasn't pretty, but those are the kinds of things we need right now, just find a way to win."

Turris' inadvertent goal came when Anaheim's Petteri Nokelainen skidded into the net just as the puck was passed in front of the goal by Marchant. Nokelainen blocked Bryzgalov from the play. Turris was there to knock the puck away, but it went in instead.

Officials reviewed the play to make sure the puck wasn't kicked in, then Nokelainen was credited with the goal, his second of the season, with Marchant getting the assist.

"We didn't feel it was a penalty," Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky said, "but we did feel the player did interfere with the goaltender. But it's such a fast-paced game. Sometimes that's going to happen."

The Coyotes tied it on Matthew Lombardi's goal with 2:31 left in regulation. He took a pass in the crease from Scottie Upshall, and knocked it off the right post and across the line for the score.

After Ryan's shootout goal, Lombardi missed his attempt, and Anaheim escaped with the victory.

"Every missed check or every bounce of the puck can have a huge effect on the outcome," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. "That's what's so difficult for everybody involved in the game when you're in the stretch and you're in the situation we're in."

The Ducks scored only 3:05 into the game on a goal by Drew Miller, called up from Iowa of the American Hockey League earlier in the day.

But Phoenix dominated the period after that, tying it at 1 when Zbynek Michalek took a pass from Mikkel Boedker and ripped a slap shot past goalie Jonas Hiller at the 7:57 mark.

This was the last of the Ducks' 15 sets of games on successive nights.


  • Anaheim is 7-8-0 in the second half of back-to-back nights.
  • Miller is in his third stint with Anaheim after spending most of the season in the minors.
  • Anaheim's Rob Niedermayer played in his 1,000th NHL game. He and teammate Scott Niedermayer are the fourth pair of brothers in league history to reach 1,000 games played apiece.
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Jonas Hiller denies Matthew Lombardi for one of Hiller's 26 saves in the Ducks' shootout victory.  (AP)
Jonas Hiller denies Matthew Lombardi for one of Hiller's 26 saves in the Ducks' shootout victory. (AP)
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M. Boedker

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
Z. Michalek

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
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Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
03:05Drew Miller (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Marchant, Brookbank
07:57Zbynek Michalek (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Boedker, Upshall
07:01Petteri Nokelainen (2), Backhand Shot. Assist: Marchant, Niedermayer
17:29Matthew Lombardi (11), Backhand Shot. Assist: Upshall, Boedker
 Peter Mueller (3), GOAL
 Ryan Getzlaf (3), GOAL
 Bobby Ryan (1), GOAL
Penalty Summary
10:27McGrattan, 5 min, Fighting
10:27Parros, 5 min, Fighting
12:54Hanzal, 2 min, Holding
16:21Brookbank, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
48.0Marchant, 2 min, Slashing
03:03Upshall, 2 min, Hooking
06:59Whitney, 2 min, Interference
04:34Prucha, 2 min, Roughing
04:34Brookbank, 2 min, Roughing
10:06Wisniewski, 2 min, Hooking
04:08Pronger, 2 min, Holding
Shots On Goal
Jonas Hiller 64:4826251
Ilya Bryzgalov 65:0025252
Game Information
Attendance - 12739
Referees - Paul Devorski, Chris Lee
Linesmen - Brad Lazarowich, Andy McElman
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