FIRST PERIOD

IN REVIEW: Phoenix stages its version of the fan "whiteout" and the Coyotes appear more inspired than in Games 1 and 2, threatening to turn the game into a rout after less than 15 minutes. The key: The Coyotes skate harder to the front of the Duck net and find great success, redirecting shots past Duck goalie Guy Hebert. Phoenix scores three goals on only seven shots. Saves: Hebert 4, Nikolai Khabibulin 10.

* SCORING: Phoenix 1, Ducks 0--Darrin Shannon outskates Duck defenseman Dan Trebil to score his first of the playoffs, redirecting a pass from the right wing from Cliff Ronning at the 1:18 mark.

Phoenix 2, Ducks 0--Shannon, stationed in the slot, strikes again at the 8:50 mark, redirecting Deron Quint's shot from the blue line to give the Coyotes their first two-goal lead of the series.

Phoenix 3, Ducks 0--Keith Tkachuk skates around Duck Warren Rychel as if he's standing still, passes to Ronning, then redirects Ronning's shot from the right wing into the net at the 14:01 mark.

Phoenix 3, Ducks 1--Paul Kariya scores his third of the playoffs, on a power-play at 18:49. Stopped on his first shot from the right post, Kariya flips a second try over the head of a sprawling Khabibulin.

* KEY PLAYS: Khabibulin denies Kariya twice with the Ducks down, 1-0, but on a five-on-three advantage. Kariya has a third scoring chance, but clangs a point-blank shot off the right goal post. . . . Quint's alert play to keep the puck in the zone leads to the second goal. . . . Kariya's goal near the end of the period gives the Ducks something to feel good about.

Coyotes: 3

Ducks: 1

SECOND PERIOD

* IN REVIEW: The Ducks take the play to the Coyotes for long stretches, but can't trim the lead. Duck Coach Ron Wilson shuffles his lines, moving center Richard Park to the Kariya-Selanne line in an effort to get more speed on the ice. Kariya seems to be the only Duck capable of producing scoring chances, however. Hebert is much sharper than in the first 20 minutes. Saves: Hebert 12, Khabibulin 9.

* SCORING: None.

* KEY PLAYS: Tkachuk heads off because of an injured right thumb early on the period, but returns quickly. . . . Tkachuk later high-sticks Duck defenseman Dmitri Mironov in the face, but referee Terry Gregson doesn't see it. . . . The Ducks, who went one for four on the power play in the first period, do not have a man-advantage opportunity in the second. . . . Hebert stops Mike Gartner and Bob Corkum from point-blank range in the period's final four minutes.

Coyotes: 3

Ducks: 1

FINAL

* IN REVIEW: The washed out goal in the first five minutes of the period keeps the momentum on Coyotes' side. Coyote defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky collides with Hebert, who has his thumb taped by a trainer. The injury isn't believed to be serious and Hebert remains sharp until Gartner's slap shot beats him late in the game. Saves: Hebert 6, Khabibulin 11.

* SCORING: Phoenix 4, Ducks 1--Gartner blasts a slap shot from the left wing between Hebert's pads at 15:28 after picking up a pass in the neutral zone and racing into the Duck zone.

* KEY PLAYS: Brian Bellows' apparent power-play goal is erased by a quick whistle, preserving the Coyotes' 3-1 lead at 4:25. Khabibulin made a pad save on Selanne, but Bellows put the rebound in the net just as Gregson blew the whistle. . . . Ducks go without a shot on the power play after Coyotes' Craig Janney takes a roughing penalty at 8:07.

Coyotes: 4

Ducks: 1

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