With new owner Matthew Hulsizer in the house, the Coyotes continued on with their recent hot streak with an easy 6-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Phoenix has now won four straight games and six of their past seven games with two games remaining on their four-game homestand.
Things were even after the first period. Ray Whitney got the scoring started about seven minutes in, but the Coyotes only the led for about a minute in and a half before the Ducks would tie it up behind a Matt Beleskey goal. It was all Phoenix from that point on as they closed out the period outshooting Anaheim 13-7.
It was during the second period where the Coyotes broke the game open. Adrian Aucoin got his second goal of the season just about 30 seconds into the period. It was Aucoin’s first goal since Dec. 16. About 10 minutes after that, Taylor Pyatt gave Phoenix a two-goal advantage. The goal for Pyatt was his 12th of the season, which tied his goal total of all of last season. It was also his fifth goal in six games. Sami Lepisto would end the scoring in the period on a beautiful feed from Whitney on a two-on-one. The goal would chase Jonas Hiller out of the game.
The Coyotes didn’t let their foot off the gas early in the third. Whitney got his second goal of the night and his 10th of the season to give his teammates a four-goal advantage and put the game away for good. The two teams would trade goals to close out the game. Corey Perry got a power play goal for his 23rd of the season with about eight minutes left, but Lee Stempniak would get it right back with his 10th goal of the season with about four minutes left in the game. After struggling for about a month, Stempy now has two goals in his last four games.
This team is clicking on all cylinders right now. They are scoring at will and still getting good goaltending and playing well on defense. They are now currently a four-seed, which is a far cry from where they were just last week. You have to love the wild Western Conference.