Surging Ducksdown Coyotes


Chalk up another victory for the steamrolling Anaheim Ducks and goalie Jonas Hiller.

Hampus Lindholm scored two goals, and the Ducks won for the 16th time in 17 games by beating the Phoenix Coyotes 5-3 on Saturday night.

Hiller made 28 saves in his 13th straight win, the NHL’s longest streak since Detroit’s Chris Osgood did the same in 1996. Only seven other goalies in league history have won 13 in a row.

“It’s definitely a great thing, but at the same time I’m really excited about winning with the team,” he said. “The personal things kind of put the cherry on the cake.”

Ryan Getzlaf scored his 23rd goal of the season in the Ducks’ sixth straight win. Sami Vatanen and Dustin Penner also scored as the Ducks swept the five-game season series with the Coyotes.

“If you’re winning you really feel good about yourself and you kind of want to keep that feeling,” Hiller said. “Here everybody goes out believing that we can beat anybody in any stadium.”

Thomas Greiss started in goal for Phoenix but was lifted for Mike Smith after the Ducks scored three times in a span of 5:11 in the second period. Greiss had 19 saves, and Smith made six.

Lauri Korpikoski, Martin Hanzal and Mike Ribeiro scored for the Coyotes.

The Ducks improved their NHL-best record to 34-8-5 and 73 points. Phoenix has lost four of five.

“Right now we aren’t very good,” Coyotes captain Shane Doan said, “and we haven’t been very good for a while.”

Mathieu Perreault had three assists, and Corey Perry added two for the Ducks, who have scored at least four goals in each of their last six games. Radim Vrbata assisted on all three Phoenix goals.

Vatanen started Anaheim’s second-period barrage with a slap shot from the right point that slipped through Greiss’ legs to make it 2-1 with 14:16 left. Penner netted the next one, with a slap shot off a pass from Perry with 10:49 remaining. Getzlaf then got to a loose puck in the crease and scored to make it 4-1 with 9:05 to go.

“It was a good flurry,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “Once we got the second goal, which might have been a little bit soft, I thought it sort of energized the team. . . . Things were going pretty smoothly there for a while.”

Bruins 1, Sharks 0

In San Jose, Carl Soderberg scored the lone goal with 7:35 remaining, Tuukka Rask bounced back from a rough stretch to post his NHL-leading fifth shutout of the season, and Boston beat the the Sharks.

Penguins 2, Flames 1

In Calgary, Chris Kunitz and Matt Niskanen scored, Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves, and Pittsburgh handed the Flames a team-record sixth consecutive regulation loss at home.

Lightning 6, Flyers 3

In Philadelphia, Valtteri Filppula scored the go-ahead goal during a wild second period and Tampa Bay snapped the Flyers’ 10-game, home-winning streak.

Ryan Malone had two goals, and Alex Killorn, Teddy Purcell, and Martin St. Louis also scored for the Lightning.

Devils 2, Panthers 1 (OT)

In Newark, Marek Zidlicky scored with 2.1 seconds showing on the overtime clock to lift the Devils to a stirring win over Florida.

With just over 3 seconds to go, New Jersey called a timeout before the final faceoff. Travis Zajac beat Marcel Goc on the draw, and Jaromir Jagr nudged the puck back to the top of the right circle to Zidlicky, who ripped a shot that beat screened goalie Tim Thomas.

Jagr earned his 1,724th NHL point, moving him ahead of former teammate Mario Lemieux and into seventh place on the league’s career scoring list.

Canadiens 2, Blackhawks 1 (OT)

In Montreal, Andrei Markov had two goals, including at 1:28 of overtime, to lead the hosts past Chicago.

Markov took a deflected pass from Max Pacioretty and found the roof of the net.

Blue Jackets 6, Jets 3

In Winnipeg, Boone Jenner and Mark Letestu each scored twice, and Columbus topped Winnipeg, extending the Jets’ losing streak to a season-high five games.

Senators 2, Predators 1 (SO)

In Nashville, Mika Zibanejad and Jason Spezza scored in the shootout to help Ottawa beat the Predators.

Avalanche 4, Wild 2

In St. Paul, Minnesota, Ryan O’Reilly scored twice, including the game-winner with 7:16 to play, and Colorado beat Minnesota.

Red Wings 3, Kings 1

In Los Angeles, Riley Sheahan scored his first NHL goal and assisted on Tomas Tatar’s tiebreaking tally with 7:54 to play in Detroit’s victory over the Kings.