Four-goal second period helps high-flying Ducks roll

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The talent-rich Anaheim Ducks have the
best record in the NHL, yet that isn't good enough to them.

Andy McDonald scored on a penalty shot to cap Anaheim's
four-goal second period and the Ducks improved on their best start
in franchise history with a 6-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on
Friday night.

"I don't think anybody in this dressing room is satisfied with
the way we have played. At least I don't see anybody excited about
it," forward Teemu Selanne said. "I haven't heard one time anyone
talking about how good a team we are We know we can be better, and
we just have to keep pushing ourselves."

Selanne, Chris Kunitz and Chris Pronger scored power-play goals,
and the Ducks (10-0-4) grabbed the NHL points lead with 24 -- one
more than Buffalo (11-0-1), the only other team without a
regulation loss.

"We realize there's no better team in this league," Selanne
said of the Ducks. "That's what these guys believe here, and
that's what it takes. We just have to raise the bar higher and
higher. If you look at our lineup, there's no weaknesses, really. I
don't think there's any limits to what we can do. I really believe
we have all the tools."

Anaheim is one game shy of the longest point streak from the
start of a season in NHL history, set by the 1984-85 Edmonton
Oilers (12 wins, three ties).

"Coming into the season, we realized we had a good team and we
were going to need to build toward something special," said
Pronger, who also had two assists. "But it's early November, and
nobody hands the trophies out right now."

Dustin Penner and Sean O'Donnell also scored, helping the Ducks
beat Phoenix for the seventh straight time. Ilya Bryzgalov made 25
saves, and is 7-0 against Phoenix with a 1.71 goals-against

Patrick Fischer and Mike Comrie scored third-period goals for
the Coyotes, playing for the first time since a 7-3 home loss to
the New York Rangers on Saturday. Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky put
the team through a four-day mini-camp, but it didn't help the
Coyotes (3-10). They already trail Anaheim by 18 points in the
Pacific Division.

"Every loss is a tough loss, but this is discouraging because I
think we played as badly as the score indicated," Gretzky said.
"It's not fun. It's disheartening. When your expectations of this
group were much higher than they are right now, it's really

McDonald was awarded his first career penalty shot at 19:10 of
the second period after goaltender Curtis Joseph went for a head
fake by the Ducks center and threw his stick at the puck. Moments
later, McDonald skated straight in on Joseph and beat him low to
the stick side to make it 5-0.

The injury-plagued Coyotes, who have allowed at least one
first-period goal in their first 13 games and came in averaging a
league-worst 25.8 penalty minutes, limited Anaheim to just four
shots before Derek Morris was sent off for interference at 16:55.
Just 8 seconds later, Kunitz scored on a rebound of Selanne's shot.

Penner made it 2-0 at 2:07 of the second period.

After Jeremy Roenick earned a roughing penalty for retaliating
on a hit by Francois Beauchemin against Phoenix forward Oleg
Saprykin, the Ducks capitalized. Selanne's slap shot from the right
circle at 8:18 of the frame was Anaheim's 700th power-play goal.

"It was a great hit, a fantastic hit," Roenick said of
Beauchemin's check. "But as a player, you can't one of your
teammates get hit like that and not say something to him."

When asked what the Coyotes' biggest problem has been this
season, Roenick said, "I really don't have enough time to tell
you. I mean, we can go with injuries to lack of discipline, to
stupidity, to special teams, to goaltending, right on down the
line. It's awful.

"One bad thing leads to another and the ship just sinks so
quick. It's ridiculous. I mean, we work hard, then get a bad break
and the whole thing shuts down. It's so emotionally unstable all
the way around, it's incredible."

Coyotes captain Shane Doan missed his third straight game
because of a back injury.

Game notes
The Ducks have not won a division title since entering the
NHL in 1993-94. Last season, they set a franchise record with 98
points and finished sixth in the Western Conference. ... David
LeNeveu replaced Joseph at the start of the third period. ... C
Yanic Perreault, who signed a one-year contract on Monday, made his
Coyotes debut on a line between Donald MacLean and rookie Enver
Lisin. Phoenix is Perreault's fifth team in 13 NHL seasons.