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Coyotes rally late to beat Ducks

Arizona Coyotes' Derick Brassard controls the puck against Ducks' Kevin Shattenkirk.
The Arizona Coyotes’ Derick Brassard controls the puck against the Ducks’ Kevin Shattenkirk during the second period on Thursday.
(Darryl Webb / Associated Press)

Christian Dvorak scored his second goal late in the third period, Darcy Kuemper stopped 14 shots and the Arizona Coyotes beat the Ducks 3-2 on Thursday night.

Dvorak scored Arizona’s first goal in nearly 190 minutes in the second period and put the Coyotes ahead on a power-play goal with 4 1/2 minutes left.

Kuemper stopped Kevin Shattenkirk on a short-handed breakaway just before Dvorak’s second goal and helped Arizona withstand a late power play. Conor Garland also scored for Arizona.

Danton Heinen scored for the second straight game with Anaheim’s first power-play goal of the season. Jakob Silfverberg also scored and John Gibson had 31 saves.

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Two of the three goals allowed by Gibson went off Anaheim players.

“Coaches say it on every team: put pucks on net, puck on net,” Anaheim coach Dallas Eakins said. “Get it into that red zone and you’re going to get bounces sometimes.”

The Coyotes also had trouble with turnovers the last game against the Ducks, including one that led to the winning goal by Heinen. Silfverberg took advantage of an early one Thursday night, beating Kuemper with a quick shot after Nick Schmaltz couldn’t control an ill-advised pass from Jordan Gross between the circles.

Gibson kept the shutout streak going by blocking a shot by Clayton Keller off the post and stuffing Christian Fischer on a late two-on-one.

The Coyotes dominated the second period — 12-1 in shots — and finally broke their long scoreless streak midway through. Dvorak got it on a shot from behind the goal that hit Ducks defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk’s skate.

It was Arizona’s first goal since Jordan Oesterle scored with 59 seconds left of a 5-2 win over Vegas last Friday.

The Coyotes needed 52 seconds of the third period to take their first lead in three games when Garland had a shot go off a stick out front after shaking Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler.

Heinen followed with Anaheim’s first power-play goal in 18 tries this season, squeezing a shot from the left circle under Kuemper’s stick arm on a long rebound.

Dvorak answered with a power-play goal of his own, one-timing a one-touch pass from Phil Kessel in the slot.


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