Suchy scored an opportunistic goal 1:20 into overtime, and the Coyotes snapped a nine-game winless streak by beating the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 4-3 on Saturday night.
“It was just a lucky bounce,” said Suchy, whose four goals tie him for third on the team. “Shane Doan had the shot, so I knew it was going to be in or going to be denied and there was going to be a rebound.
“I just went for it, and it came right to me.”
Suchy ended it with a shot from a sharp angle after Doan’s shot hit the boards and caromed out. The puck just got under the crossbar, deflecting just enough off goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere’s right shoulder.
“The boards are pretty lively here,” said Giguere, who had 31 saves. “They bounced back. The guy seemed to miss his shot and it hit my shoulder and trickled in. So it was a lucky bounce, but when you work hard like they did for 60 minutes, you’ll get bounces your way.”
Doan had a goal and two assists for the Coyotes, who avoided tying their worst skid since the franchise moved to Phoenix in 1996.
The 1997-98 team went 10 games without a win.
“That was a huge game for us,” Nagy said. “You know, it was a really important game, huge, two points for us.”
Steve Rucchin, playing despite a sore knee and elbow, scored two power-play goals for the Ducks, who have lost four straight—the last two in overtime.
“We’ve got to keep playing the way we are,” said Sergei Fedorov, who left Detroit for the Ducks as a free agent. “I think we’ve got a few devils to take care of, but I think we will be much better after experiences like that.”
The teams play again Sunday in Anaheim, and Ducks coach Mike Babcock was looking forward to the rematch.
“On the positive side of things, we came out on the road, got ourselves a point, and now we’re going home, and we have to do our part.”
The Ducks went up 3-2 on Rucchin’s second goal 7:22 into the second period, and the lead looked safe behind Giguere, who shut out St. Louis for 54:41 on Tuesday before taking a 2-1 overtime loss.
But Nagy and Daymond Langkow changed the game with a spectacular give-and-go—Nagy passed to Langkow outside the crease, then one-timed the return pass off the pipe and in behind Giguere with 1:20 remaining in the second.
Niedermayer scored on a slap shot 1:34 into the game, but Anaheim’s Samuel Pahlsson and Kurt Sauer picked up penalties four seconds apart, and Doan took advantage of the 5-on-3, firing a low one-timer down the slot 4:02 in.
Only 2:52 later, Giguere stopped a shot by Branko Radivojevic with his pads, but it bounced out about 15 feet, and Nagy backhanded the rebound into the open net on the goalie’s glove side.
The Coyotes had a goal by Langkow disallowed later because the whistle hadblown, and Rucchin tied it at 2 with 5:33 left in the first period.
Coyotes RW Mike Johnson, on the injured list since Thursday with a torn labrum in his left shoulder, will have surgery Tuesday in Cleveland. … Burke shut out the Ducks 2-0 on Oct. 12. … Rucchin sat out two practices this week to rest his infected right knee, which was treated in an arthroscopic operationin August. … Rucchin has 397 points.