GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Zbynek Michalek scored with 2:30 left in
overtime, and the Phoenix Coyotes ended the preseason with a 4-3
victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Saturday night.
Michalek, acquired in a trade with Minnesota on Aug. 26, took a
pass across the slot from Oleg Saprykin and wristed the winner past
Anaheim's Ilya Bryzgalov to help Phoenix (2-6-0) snap a six-game
exhibition losing streak.
Mike Ricci led the Coyotes from behind in the third period,
scoring on a deflection with 5:15 left to force the extra session.
Jeff Taffe and Shane Doan also had goals for Phoenix, and Curtis
Joseph stopped 21 shots for the win.
Joffrey Lupul and Scott Niedermayer each had a goal and an
assist for Anaheim (3-4-1). Bryzgalov, who beat the Coyotes in
overtime in his only NHL start on March 16, 2004, had 28 saves.
Lupul's goal, a quick wrister that went top shelf over Joseph's
glove with 1:19 to go in the second, took away the momentum Phoenix
built with two goals earlier in the period.
The Ducks scored on two of their first three power plays,
building a 2-0 lead.
Phoenix special teams, which held San Jose scoreless on 10 power
plays the night before, weren't able to handle a 5-on-3 power play
that began after Chris McAllister drew a 10-minute misconduct and
seven minutes of team penalties for instigating and fighting with
Anaheim's Kip Brennan 2:55 into the game.
Nineteen seconds later, Mike Leclerc was penalized for kneeing,
and Niedermayer scored 4:39 in.
The Ducks, who outshot Phoenix 13-6 in the first period, added
another goal on a shot by Andy McDonald with 5:02 left in the
Taffe and Doan tied it at two by scoring 1:57 apart late in the
second, with Brett Hull assisting on both goals.
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