The inconsistent play that plagued the
Behind a strong performance from goalie
Andersen was key in helping the Ducks weather the storm in the third, making several strong saves in addition to helping kill off an Arizona power play in the final minute. Andersen finished with 26 saves en route to his ninth win of season.
"This was the first real Freddie performance I've seen," Ducks Coach
"It's got to be a confidence booster for him."
Boudreau wasn't as pleased with the Ducks' overall effort. Playing "for a full 60 minutes" was a common refrain by coach and players after the game; the Ducks have struggled to deliver that in recent contests.
Last week, the Ducks led in games against Calgary and Vancouver before settling for a loss and a win in shootouts. They've earned points in 10 of their last 11 games but have suffered defensive breakdowns while leading in recent games.
"I think we're still way too tentative in the third period with the lead," Boudreau said. "The more we get to hold these leads, the better we'll be going forward."
The Ducks dominated the first two periods against the Coyotes, outshooting them, 25-10. Goalie
"It was a lucky one, but I'll take it," Palmieri said.
Minutes later, Maroon scored his first of the season when he snapped in a rebound off a
"It feels good," Maroon said about his goal. "I haven't been playing good hockey the past few games I've been back. I've been trying too hard, I guess. I just need to get back to my game, and I thought I did OK."
The Coyotes' strong third period culminated in a goal by
The absence of defenseman
If Stoner misses more games, the Ducks' defensive corps will be limited to six skaters as the team adjusts to playing without