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Coyotes 5, Ducks 4 (SO)

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored on the fifth round of a shootout to give Phoenix its second consecutive 5-4 shootout victory over Anaheim in the second meeting between the two teams in three days at Jobing.com Arena.

Ekman-Larsson beat Jonas Hiller to the glove side, banging a shot off the post, while Mike Smith saved four shots in the shootout. Scott Sullivan and Ryan Getzlaf scored in the second round of the shootout.

Phoenix (11-8-3) won for the third time in four games, while Anaheim (15-3-3) suffered its second straight overtime tie. The Ducks, who have the second-most points in the league, had not gone two straight games with a victory this season.

The teams combined for five goals in furious 7:57 span before the game was decided in the shootout, starting when Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf tied the game at 2 on a short-handed goal with eight seconds remaining in the second period.

Anaheim took 3-2 and 4-3 leads on goals by Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan early in the third period, but the Coyotes struck back quickly both times.

Shane Doan scored on a wrist shot to tie the game at 3 just 11 seconds after Perry scored on a power play. Doan's goal was his 324th, breaking a tie with Keith Tkachuk for second place in franchise history behind Dale Hawerchuk (379). Doan has 800 points.

Matthew Lombardi tied the game at 4 when he tipped in a Michael Stone slap shot from the right point, 1:18 after Ryan scored. Lombardi has 100 career goals.

Ducks left wing Matthew Beleskey opened the scoring at 10:12 of the first period, becoming the 10th Anaheim player to score at least five goals this season. No other team has more than seven players with five goals. Getzlaf, who assisted on Beleseky's goal, has eight goals and 24 points.

Center Antoine Vermette, stationed alone on the right side of the net, poked in a rebound of a David Moss shot to tie the game 59 seconds into the second period. It was the 150th goal of Vermette's nine-year career.

The Coyotes took a 2-1 lead on Keith Yandle's a power play goal five-and-a-half minutes later. Yandle scored on a slap shot from the right point for his 200th career point. The penalty came after Ducks' goaltender Hiller flipped the puck over the side boards while trying to clear it up ice, an automatic two-minute penalty for delay of game.

Hiller started in place of Viktor Fasth, who gave up four regulation goals in a 5-4 shootout loss in the first game of the series Saturday. Fasth was 9-1-1 with a 2.08 goals against average in 12 games. Hiller was 2-0 in his last three starts.

NOTES: The teams finish their three-game series on Wednesday night in Anaheim. The Ducks will play Dallas three times in five days starting April 1, with the first game in Dallas and the final two in Anaheim. The Coyotes last played the same team in three straight games in November 2007. ... Right winger Chris Brown made his NHL debut Monday after being recalled from Portland on Friday. Brown had two goals in his last game with Portland on Feb. 26. Brown is the fifth player in NHL history to have been born in Texas. Brian Leetch (1,205 games), Mike Christie (412), Tyler Myers (238) and Zach Redmond (eight) are the others. ... Coyotes forward Radim Vrbata missed his sixth straight game with a lower body injury. ... Anaheim forward Kyle Palmieri was held out of the game with an upper body injury he suffered Saturday. ... Ducks center Andrew Cogliani, who had a hat trick in the Saturday game, played in his 431st consecutive game Monday, the third-longest active streak in the league. He temporarily broke a tie with Calgary's Jarome Iginla, whose Flames were idle Monday. ... Coyotes center Martin Hanzal centered the first line in his return from missing five games with an upper body injury.
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