Dvorak Scores 2, Adds Shootout Winner as Coyotes Top Ducks

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Christian Dvorak scored in the fourth round of the shootout after getting two goals in regulation, and the Arizona Coyotes beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 Wednesday night.

Arizona Coyotes Christian Dvorak
Arizona Coyotes left wing Christian Dvorak (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Alex Goligoski scored to force overtime and Darcy Kuemper stopped 31 shots to help the Coyotes win for the fourth time in six games.

Brendan Guhle, Sam Steel and Troy Terry scored for Anaheim, and John Gibson finished with 25 saves.

In overtime, the Coyotes got a power play after a slashing penalty to the Ducks’ Max Jones with 2:19 left, but couldn’t score.

Conor Garland scored on Arizona’s second shot of the shootout, but Ondrej Kase answered for the Ducks. Dvorak then won it as the second shooter of the fourth round.

Terry’s goal at 10 minutes of the third period gave the Ducks their first lead of the game, 3-2. But the Coyotes tied it 38 seconds later when Goligoski’s shot hit Ducks defenceman Hampus Lindholm in the back and ricocheted into the net.

Cam Fowler had two assists for the Ducks, who’ve lost four of five. Guhle scored his first goal of the season at 6:22 of the first period.

Dvorak scored on the game’s first power-play 3:02 in. Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s slap shot from out high hit Dvorak’s stick and the puck went over Gibson’s glove. Dvorak has eight goals on the season which is second on the team.

Ekman-Larsson, the Coyotes’ captain, moved into 11th place on the franchise all-time points list with 344.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson Arizona Coyotes
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Arizona Coyotes (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

The Ducks tied it soon after. Ryan Getzlaf sent a pass toward the net, where Guhle was able to put the puck past Kuemper despite the presence of Coyotes defenceman Ilya Lyubushkin. Getzlaf has points in six straight games.

Arizona took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission with Dvorak taking advantage of a deflection off the stick of Anaheim’s Erik Gudbranson. Vinnie Hinostroza shot the puck toward the crease, and Dvorak was in front for a backhand with 1:38 left.

The Coyotes missed chances to build on the lead in the second period before Steel put in a loose puck at the 11:42 mark, tying the score.

Gibson stretched his right leg just far enough to stop a point-blank attempt from Arizona’s Michael Grabner with 3:53 to go in the second.

The Ducks started the third period on a power-play after a hooking penalty on the Coyotes’ Barrett Hayton right at the second-period horn.

NOTES: Eric Comrie, who hasn’t appeared in a game all season, was the backup goaltender for the Coyotes with Antti Raanta scratched due to illness. … F Lawson Crouse missed his second straight game with a head injury. … F Phil Kessel played in his 800th straight game, the seventh-longest streak in NHL history. He hasn’t missed a game since Oct. 31, 2009. … Ducks D Michael Del Zotto was scratched for the second straight game. … An assist for F Nick Ritchie in the second period was his 100th career NHL point.


Ducks: Host Winnipeg on Friday.

Coyotes: At Vegas on Friday night.


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Jose M. Romero, The Associated Press