As he had done most of Saturday night,
But, in the final, strange instance, the puck dribbled past him to the left — to the net — giving the Arizona
The black blade cover on Arizona forward
"The blade of the stick ended up going [my] way and the puck went the other way," Andersen said. "Too bad you don't get a save for saving a blade. It happened so fast. Weird goal."
Doan's goal was the only one scored in the four-round shootout.
"I've seen a lot of things in this game, and I've never seen that one before," Arizona Coach Dave Tippett said. "You couldn't do it again if you tried 1,000 times."
Getzlaf, after assisting
"As soon as I picked it up, [the puck] rolled on its side and I spent three-quarters of the ice trying to get it to lay down," Getzlaf said. "By then, I was in trouble."
The Ducks (23-8-6) nevertheless salvaged a standings point and are 9-2-1 in December after they took four days off for the holiday. They even decided it was in their best interest to skip a Saturday morning skate.
"We had to weigh between, was it better to leave [Orange County] at 6 a.m getting up at 5?" for a morning skate in Arizona, or not, Ducks Coach
Instead, the Ducks got their normal sleep and boarded a 9 a.m. flight.
The Ducks opened scoring when Getzlaf weaved through the Coyotes' defense and pushed a pass to Bourque, who scored his second goal in 16 games as a Duck, tumbling into the net after the puck 9:16 into the game.
Arizona, which began the night on a 4-9-3 skid, tied the score just 73 seconds later when
But the action took a turn toward dreadfully dull in the second, with the Coyotes controlling the puck for most of the first 10 minutes.
"You're out of your rhythm a little bit," Getzlaf said of the layoff effect. "You get your legs under you, but you're still not as sharp as you'd like to be and I'm sure the quality of the game showed that. Your timing is generally off."
The Ducks' best late chance was a