ANAHEIM, Calif. — Nick Bonino scored the tying goal with 2:02 left in the third period, Jakob Silfverberg scored the deciding goal in the sixth round of the shootout and Jonas Hiller made 30 saves to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday night.
The defending Pacific Division champions are off to their best start in franchise history, winning six straight following a 6-1 loss at Colorado on opening night. It’s also the first time the club has started 4-0 at home.
Rostislav Klesla got his first goal of the season, Antoine Vermette also scored and Mike Smith made 37 saves for the Coyotes.
The Ducks were pressing for the equalizer in the Coyotes’ zone when Bonino threw the puck toward the net from the right point, and 6-foot-4 teammate Dustin Penner ducked his head in the low slot as it drifted last Mike Smith’s stick.
Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle received a double-minor for cutting Daniel Winnik with a high stick 30 seconds before the first intermission with Anaheim leading 1-0 on Teemu Selanne’s goal, but Smith stopped all seven shots he faced during the ensuing four-minute power play. The Ducks finished 0 for 4 with the man advantage, and are a league-worst 1 for 27.
Klesla gave the Coyotes a 2-1 lead 7:54 into the third period with a screened 50-foot slap shot from the left point against Hiller, who thwarted all six Phoenix power plays.
The Ducks were playing keepaway in their own zone about 9 minutes into the second period when Francois Beauchemin passed the puck behind the net to defense partner Hampus Lindholm — and it ricocheted off Lindholm’s skate right to a Phoenix captain Shane Doan in the low slot.
Hiller turned aside Doan’s quick wrist shot, but the Coyotes tied the score at 11:11 of the period. Yandle got the puck from Mike Ribeiro about 40 feet from the net and set up Vermette at the left of the crease.
The Ducks didn’t get their second shot on net until the 6:38 mark, but Selanne made it count with his second goal of the season and 677th of his career.
Mathieu Perreault intercepted an attempted clearing pass by Derek Morris and got the puck in the low slot to Selanne, who snuck behind Yandle and took a wrist shot that dribbled in off Smith’s pads.
NOTES: Frederik Andersen served as Hiller’s backup after getting recalled from Norfolk of the AHL. Viktor Fasth, who made 33 saves in Wednesday’s 3-2 win over Calgary, did not dress because of a lower-body injury that occurred toward the end of Thursday’s practice. … Anaheim is one of two teams in the league that has yet to get a goal from any of its defenseman — along with the New Jersey Devils. … The crowd of 13,206 was only 199 more than the Ducks’ lowest turnout in the 24 home games they played during the lockout-delayed 20012-13 season. … Sunday’s home game against Dallas will be the Ducks’ first meeting with their longtime Pacific Division rivals since the offseason realignment that reduced the league from six to four divisions and put the Stars in the Central Division.