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Ducks lose to Coyotes in OT

11/9/2003

PHOENIX (AP) -- Radoslav Suchy might be the offensive threat the
Phoenix Coyotes have been looking for among their defenseman.

Suchy scored an opportunistic goal 1:20 into overtime, and the
Coyotes snapped a nine-game winless streak by beating the Anaheim
Mighty Ducks 4-3 on Saturday night.

"It was just a lucky bounce," said Suchy, whose four goals tie
him for third on the team. "Shane Doan had the shot, so I knew it
was going to be in or going to be denied and there was going to be
a rebound.

"I just went for it, and it came right to me."

Ladislav Nagy had two goals and an assist, and Sean Burke,
roughed up early, made 10 of his 23 saves in the scoreless third
period.

Suchy ended it with a shot from a sharp angle after Doan's shot
hit the boards and caromed out. The puck just got under the
crossbar, deflecting just enough off goaltender Jean-Sebastien
Giguere's right shoulder.

"The boards are pretty lively here," said Giguere, who had 31
saves. "They bounced back. The guy seemed to miss his shot and it
hit my shoulder and trickled in. So it was a lucky bounce, but when
you work hard like they did for 60 minutes, you'll get bounces your
way."

Doan had a goal and two assists for the Coyotes, who avoided
tying their worst skid since the franchise moved to Phoenix in
1996.

The 1997-98 team went 10 games without a win.

"That was a huge game for us," Nagy said. "You know, it was a
really important game, huge, two points for us."

Steve Rucchin, playing despite a sore knee and elbow, scored two
power-play goals for the Ducks, who have lost four straight -- the
last two in overtime.

Rob Niedermayer also scored, and Stanislav Chistov had two
assists. Giguere made 31 saves.

"We've got to keep playing the way we are," said Sergei
Fedorov, who left Detroit for the Ducks as a free agent. "I think
we've got a few devils to take care of, but I think we will be much
better after experiences like that."

The teams play again Sunday in Anaheim, and Ducks coach Mike
Babcock was looking forward to the rematch.

"On the positive side of things, we came out on the road, got
ourselves a point, and now we're going home, and we have to do our
part."

The Ducks went up 3-2 on Rucchin's second goal 7:22 into the
second period, and the lead looked safe behind Giguere, who shut
out St. Louis for 54:41 on Tuesday before taking a 2-1 overtime
loss.

But Nagy and Daymond Langkow changed the game with a spectacular
give-and-go -- Nagy passed to Langkow outside the crease, then
one-timed the return pass off the pipe and in behind Giguere with
1:20 remaining in the second.

Niedermayer scored on a slap shot 1:34 into the game, but
Anaheim's Samuel Pahlsson and Kurt Sauer picked up penalties four
seconds apart, and Doan took advantage of the 5-on-3, firing a low
one-timer down the slot 4:02 in.

Only 2:52 later, Giguere stopped a shot by Branko Radivojevic
with his pads, but it bounced out about 15 feet, and Nagy
backhanded the rebound into the open net on the goalie's glove
side.

The Coyotes had a goal by Langkow disallowed later because the
whistle had blown, and Rucchin tied it at 2 with 5:33 left in the
first period.

Game notes
Coyotes RW Mike Johnson, on the injured list since Thursday
with a torn labrum in his left shoulder, will have surgery Tuesday
in Cleveland. ... Burke shut out the Ducks 2-0 on Oct. 12. ...
Rucchin sat out two practices this week to rest his infected right
knee, which was treated in an arthroscopic operation in August. ...
Rucchin has 397 points.