ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP)—For the second straight game, the Phoenix Coyotes got two goals from defensemen and beat another Pacific Division rival in the process.
Sunday night, Jim Vandermeer(notes) scored his second goal of the game at 1:18 of overtime, center Matthew Lombardi(notes) also scored and Robert Lang(notes) had two assists, leading the Coyotes to a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night.
“It was one of those games where we kind of just hung in there,” Vandermeer said. “They kind of outplayed us a little bit, but we kept to our game plan and kept throwing pucks at the net.”
Ilya Bryzgalov(notes) made 26 saves against his former team, helping end Anaheim’s season-best three-game winning streak. The Ducks have been outscored 34-26 in the third period through their first 26 contests.
“A team that is down 1-0 in the third is going to skate, so you have to match their intensity,” Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere(notes) said. “We didn’t do that and let them come, and they managed a way to score a couple of goals.”
“Jiggy made a lot of saves early that you think would depress them at some point and get under their skin, but it didn’t. They just kept hanging around,” Ryan said. “We got ahead and stopped skating in the third period, and they dominated the period.”
Anaheim’s Corey Perry(notes) extended his points streak to 18 games with an assist on Ryan’s tying goal with 1:54 left in regulation, breaking the franchise record set in 1999 by Teemu Selanne(notes).
“It’s important to focus on the positives,” Giguere said. “We found a way to get a point at the end in the last two minutes, so we should be happy about that. The game didn’t go exactly the way we wanted, but we know what we did wrong and what we did well.”
The Ducks pulled even when former Phoenix defenseman Nick Boynton(notes) got the puck from Perry and took a wrist shot from the right point that deflected in off Ryan’s stick while he was screening Bryzgalov in the low slot. But Vandermeer ended it with a 35-foot one-timer for his fourth goal of the season after Lang set him up in the slot.
“We weren’t down or anything like that (after Ryan’s goal). Anything can happen in overtime, so we just were going to go out there and play hard and see what happened and we got a good break,” Vandermeer said. “Lang made a great play and I just put it on net.”
Lombardi made a nifty more swerving across the front of the crease to put the Coyotes ahead 2-1 with 9:53 left in the third. The goal came less than 5 minutes after Vandermeer scored into a wide-open net with Giguere out of position, following a save on Lang’s wrist shot.
“We are not an offensive juggernaut as of yet,” Coyotes captain Shane Doan(notes) said. “We realize that if we can keep our head above water and keep picking away, we think that we are capable of being better than what we’ve done so far. That was a big game for us, especially in their building.”
The Ducks, who did all of their scoring on power plays in Friday’s win, connected at 5:12 of the second period while Phoenix defenseman Sami Lepisto(notes) was off for hooking Perry. Getzlaf beat Bryzgalov to the stick side with a 25-foot wrist shot from the slot for his fourth goal in eight games, after getting just one in his first 17 contests.
“We wanted to stay disciplined that is a pretty good power play over there so we want to make sure we are out of the box,” Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said. “I’m glad we didn’t take any penalties down the stretch it could have been a little troublesome. I thought we executed better in the third period and we were able to find a couple of chances we needed to get back into the game.”
Phoenix defenseman Ed Jovanovski(notes) and right wing Peter Mueller(notes) were scratched after being forced out of Saturday’s 5-2 win against Dallas because of undisclosed injuries. Jovanovski had played just two games after missing the previous eight due to a lower body injury. Last season, the 14-year veteran played in all 82 games for just the second time in his NHL career.
NOTES: The Ducks are 12 for 23 on the power play over their last eight games. Their opponents have come up empty during all 15 power plays over the last four games. The Coyotes were 0 for 4 with the man advantage. … Ducks LW Kyle Calder(notes) didn’t play because of bleeding in his left eye, caused by a deflected puck that struck him during Saturday’s practice. LW Matt Beleskey(notes) was recalled from San Antonio of the AHL to replace him. … Anaheim RW Joffrey Lupul(notes) missed his fifth straight game because of back spasms. … The Ducks conclude their seven-game homestand Tuesday night against the Kings, the first meeting this season between the Southern California rivals. After that, 12 of Anaheim’s next 16 games are on the road.