NHL: Ducks shut down Coyotes for 9th straight home win

2013-03-07T00:00:00Z NHL: Ducks shut down Coyotes for 9th straight home winThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 07, 2013 12:00 am  • 

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Jonas Hiller faced only 18 shots in his first shutout of the season, Corey Perry scored in the first period and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Phoenix Coyotes 2-0 on Wednesday night for their ninth straight home victory.

The teams met for the third straight time in a five-day span, following a pair of 5-4 shootout victories by the Coyotes in Phoenix on Saturday and Monday.

This was the first time the Ducks played three consecutive games against one opponent in the regular season. The only other time the Coyotes did it was during a six-day stretch in November 2007 against San Jose, when they lost all three by a combined score of 15-1.

The Ducks have the second-best record in the NHL at 16-3-3 and still trail the astounding Chicago Blackhawks by 10 points.

Jason LaBarbera made 22 saves for Phoenix, one of them on a penalty shot by Andrew Cogliano at 5:17 of the second period. It was the 33-year-old journeyman's third start in net this season, including back-to-back losses to San Jose and Los Angeles in late January. LaBarbera's only victory came in relief, when he stopped 21 of 22 shots in a 5-1 win against Columbus after Mike Smith came out midway through the first period with an upper-body injury.

• Blackhawks 3, Ava-lanche 2: In Chicago, Daniel Carcillo scored the tiebreaking goal with 49.3 seconds left in regulation and the Blackhawks won their 11th consecutive game to extend the best start in NHL history.

Jonathan Toews and Andrew Shaw also scored for Chicago (21-0-3), which reached the halfway point of a lockout-shortened season without losing in regulation.

• Maple Leafs 5, Senators 4: In Toronto, Phil Kessel had a goal and two assists to help Toronto hold off Ottawa in a game that included a one-sided fight. Only 26 seconds into the latest installment of the Battle of Ontario, Toronto tough guy Frazer McLaren knocked out Dave Dziurzynski when he caught the Ottawa forward flush with a right to the chin, sending him face down to the ice. A woozy Dziurzynski was slow getting up and eventually needed help from two teammates to skate off.

• Flames 4, Sharks 1: In Calgary, Alberta, Miikka Kiprusoff made 32 saves in his return from a knee injury to lead Calgary.

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