Coyotes score 3 in 1st period, hold on to beat Ducks
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Radim Vrbata capped Arizona’s three-goal first period and the Coyotes held on for 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.
Christian Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun also scored for Arizona, and starting goalie Mike Smith had 27 saves before leaving about 4 1/2 minutes into the third period after a collision in the net. Marek Langhamer helped kill a power play after being pressed into action for his NHL debut and stopped six of the seven shots he faced.
The Coyotes have won four of their last six.
Langhamer gave up Ryan Getzlaf’s second goal of the night and 11th of the season with 26.8 seconds to play, but thwarted two quality shots in the final seconds.
Jonathan Bernier gave up three goals on six shots in the first period for the Ducks, who have lost six of nine. Starting goalie John Gibson, who played in the 1-0 win over Los Angeles on Sunday night, came on to start the second and stopped all 14 shots he faced.
Dvorak’s backhand off a pass from Shane Doan gave the Coyotes the lead 2:02 into the game. It was Dvorak’s sixth goal in the past nine games.
Ryan White delivered a pinpoint cross to Chychrun in the middle, and the young third-line defenseman beat Bernier at 4:46.
Vrbata’s 12th came courtesy of Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen’s skate. His shot caromed off Vatanen and into the goal, though officials originally ruled it a non-goal with Arizona’s Martin Hanzal also in the vicinity of the net.
The play was reviewed and overturned, and the Coyotes led 3-0 with 5:10 remaining in the opening period.
Anaheim captain Getzlaf scored with 7:34 left in the second period as he deflected Josh Manson’s shot past Smith.
The Coyotes took the two-goal lead into the third period, and improved to 14-0-3 when leading after 40 minutes this season.
The Coyotes played their first game without defenseman Michael Stone, who was traded earlier Monday to Calgary. Stone debuted with the Coyotes in 2011 and had been with the team ever since. He was replaced on the second defensive line by Connor Murphy.
Doan tied Brendan Shanahan for 15th place on the list of most games played in NHL history at 1,524 games.
NOTES: Coyotes general manager John Chayka said the trade of Stone means current minor-leaguer Anthony DeAngelo, who was with the Coyotes earlier this season, will benefit from more NHL ice time. Chayka said DeAngelo will be called up from AHL. … Chayka said no other Coyotes trades are imminent. The trade deadline is March 1. . Arizona backup G Louis Domingue remains out with a lower-body injury. … Ducks C Antoine Vermette didn’t play Monday against his former team, serving the third of a 10-game suspension he’s appealing. D Korbinian Holzer and F Jared Boll were also scratched.
Ducks: Host Boston on Wednesday, and play four of the next five at home.
Coyotes: At Chicago on Thursday, the first of a stretch of five of six on the road.
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