By Forrest Lee, The Sports Xchange
ANAHEIM -- Right wing Corey Perry's goal in the first period and an empty net score by center Ryan Getzlaf lifted the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes before an announced crowd of 13,456 at the Honda Center on Wednesday night.
The win allowed the Pacific Division-leading Ducks to extend their home winning streak to nine games. They haven't lost in Anaheim since Vancouver recorded a 5-0 decision in the Ducks' home opener Jan. 26.
Defense dictated the outcome in this contest. After combining for 18 goals in their past two games, both clubs struggled to generate offense.
Perry, though, broke the ice with a goal early in the first and then Getzlaf, the Ducks' scoring leader with 27 points, who had a goal and an assist, scored with only 20.3 seconds remaining.
The Ducks (16-3-3) outplayed the Coyotes through the first two periods. Still, with the exception of Perry's goal, they couldn't cash in on scoring opportunities.
Anaheim had a chance to increase the lead late in the second period, when Phoenix defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson was called for hooking on a breakaway by center Andrew Cogliano. But Cogliano couldn't convert the penalty shot.
The two clubs were meeting for the third time in five days. The Coyotes earned back-to-back 5-4 shootout victories on Saturday and Monday in Phoenix, handing the Ducks their first two-game losing streak of the season.
That probably contributed to the Ducks' aggressive play early on, as they outshot the Coyotes, 8-3.
Perry, on an assist from Bobby Ryan and Getzlaf, gave Anaheim a 1-0 lead with a goal at 7:10 of the first period. It was Perry's seventh goal of the season.
Phoenix had a power-play opportunity late in period when Getzlaf was whistled for hooking, but the Coyotes failed to score.
NOTES: The Ducks have an all-time series lead of 60-31-16 against the Coyotes. They are 32-14-7 in Anaheim. ... Ducks center Andrew Cogliano extended his consecutive games streak to 432, the third longest on the league's active streak. Cogliano hasn't missed a game since Oct. 4, 2007, when he debuted with Edmonton. ... The Ducks signed center Charlie Sarault to a three-year, entry-level contract Tuesday. Sarault, 21, was the leading scorer in the Ontario Hockey League with 22 goals and 80 assists. ... Anaheim entered the game leading the league with 10 players with at least five or more goals.