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Selanne nets three points as Anaheim tops Phoenix

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Andy McDonald is starting to take
advantage of the new NHL rules, and being paired with Teemu Selanne
helps.

McDonald scored two goals Sunday night, Selanne had a goal and
two assists, and the Ducks extended their home winning streak to
five games with a 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.

"Andy's a dynamic small player who's very exciting to watch,
and now he's getting a few things go his way," coach Randy Carlyle
said. "He's getting an opportunity to play with Selanne, and those
guys seem to have something going."

Geoff Sanderson and Mike Leclerc scored for Phoenix against
Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who made 34 saves and won his third
straight start after missing three games with a groin injury.

McDonald put Anaheim ahead 2-1 just 45 seconds before the second
intermission, flipping a rebound over a sprawling David LeNeveu
after Selanne worked the puck away from defenseman David Tanabe
behind the net and was stopped at the edge of the crease.

"I think Andy has all the tools. He just needs the confidence
to realize how good he is, because I don't think he knows yet how
good he can be," Selanne said. "With his speed and talent, he's
going to take advantage of these new rules."

Leclerc, who scored two goals against the Ducks in a 5-3 win on
Oct. 23 at Anaheim, continued to make his former team regret
trading him last August when he tied the score 42 seconds into the
third period.

But the Ducks, who did not record a shot on net during their
first two power plays, regained the lead for good the next time
they had the man advantage. McDonald one-timed Selanne's pass from
behind the net, beating LeNeveu to the glove side from close range
at 3:01 of the period. It was McDonald's fifth goal this season,
all in the last five games.

"I don't think I've been doing anything different," McDonald
said. "I had some good chances earlier in the season and the puck
just wasn't going in. Maybe that made me simplify the game a little
bit, and I'm shooting a little bit more now than I was."

Selanne's high-sticking penalty gave Phoenix a power play with
2:18 remaining, but the Coyotes weren't able to get a shot on net --
not even after they pulled LeNeveu to get an extra attacker with a
minute left on the penalty.

"It's disheartening," Phoenix coach and managing partner Wayne
Gretzky said. "It's probably our fifth game with a one-goal
differential where we got a power play in the last three minutes
and didn't capitalize. I just think it's a combination of a lack of
belief and a lack of effort.

"If the personnel who get the opportunity to have those chances
to tie the game can't do it, then we'll get different personnel to
play in those situations. We just can't continuously go with the
same five or six forwards and not produce. So we'll address it and
put different people in there."

The Ducks, who have surrendered at least one power-play goal in
each of their first 12 games, were burned again at 8:58 of the
first period when Sanderson opened the scoring with his third goal.

Selanne tied it at 4:54 of the second period with his ninth goal
and seventh in seven games. His 461 career goals are the most by
any player since the start of the 1992-93 season -- except for
Jaromir Jagr, who has 489 during that period.

Game notes
Anaheim's home game Tuesday against the Nashville Predators
has not sold out, which is good news for former Ducks captain Paul
Kariya, who phoned the publicity office on Sunday to request 35
tickets for his homecoming. ... The Coyotes have scored at least
once on the power play in five straight games, after going 0-for-8
on Oct. 20 at Vancouver. ... Phoenix C Petr Nedved's injured left
elbow prevented him from playing in his 900th NHL game. He is
expected to be out at least a week.