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Selanne leads Ducks to ninth win in ten games

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Anaheim Mighty Ducks are peaking at
just the right time.

Teemu Selanne scored twice and added an assist to lead the
streaking Anaheim Mighty Ducks past the Phoenix Coyotes 5-2
Saturday night for their sixth straight win.

"It's the perfect time to be hot," Selanne said. "Everybody
knows it's tough to face a hot team in the playoffs, and right now
we're hot."

Scott Niedermayer, Corey Perry and Francois Beauchemin also
scored for the Ducks, who beat Phoenix for the seventh time in
eight games to remain in fifth place in the Western Conference.

"We've got a long way to go," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle
said. "There still are a lot of points available."

The Ducks, 9-1 in their last 10 and 10-2-1 since the Olympic
break, were in ninth place when they played in Phoenix two weeks
earlier.

"We've been playing very well, but we expected ourselves to
play very well all year," said Jean-Sebastian Giguere, who made 32
saves in his second start in two nights. "We should have been
doing this all year."

Mike Comrie and Oleg Kvasha scored for the Coyotes, who had a
three-game winning streak snapped.

"We let ourselves down in a couple of areas but we competed,"
Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky said. "It's tough to lose. You hate to
lose, but I know we're going forward here and have the team going
in the right direction."

Perry broke a 2-2 tie at 4:19 of the second period, sliding a
hard shot from the left circle under David LeNeveu's glove. Selanne
made it 4-2 just 54 seconds later, taking a pass from Vitaly
Vishnevski at the right side of the crease and redirecting the puck
into the net.

"That's why he's one of the best players in the world,"
LeNeveu said.

Beauchemin capped the scoring with Anaheim's third power-play
goal in as many chances, a blast from the top of the right circle
with 6:29 remaining.

The Mighty Ducks are 9-for-14 on the power play in their last
three games.

"I really believe it's pride," Selanne said. "For the guys
who are lucky enough to play on the power play, it has to be a
bonus for everyone out there. Even one PP goal every day is going
to be huge."

Comrie gave Phoenix a 1-0 lead 69 seconds in when he took a pass
from Mike Johnson, skated untouched between the circles and beat
Giguere with a short wrist shot.

Niedermayer tied it at 12:29 of the period with a power-play
goal from the left circle. Selanne gave Anaheim its first lead,
3-2, on a slap shot from the left circle for a power-play goal with
24.7 seconds left in the second.

Kvasha tied it 2-2 with the help of video replay. Kvasha's sharp
shot from the left corner of the crease hit the crossbar and
bounced off the back of Giguere's glove before entering the net.
The goal originally was waved off, but was credited after a short
review.

"We tried to get the pucks in and we tried to get their defense
to turn but it was a little late," Comrie said.

Game notes
Anaheim went 7-0-1 against Phoenix this season. ... Coyotes
LW Josh Gratton logged his second fight in two games with Phoenix,
squaring off with Todd Fedoruk midway through the second period.
... Selanne has seven goals and 18 assists in his last 18 road
games. ... LeNeveu, recalled from San Antonio of the AHL on
Wednesday, made his second straight start.