Korpikoski's 2 goals lead Coyotes over Ducks
Sunday, March 13, 2011; 10:58 PM
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Lauri Korpikoski gave Phoenix the lead for good with his second goal of the game, and Taylor Pyatt and David Schlemko also scored in the Coyotes' 5-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night.
Shane Doan added an empty-net goal with 42 seconds remaining and had two assists. Ilya Bryzgalov made 36 saves against his former club to help the Coyotes earn a split of the six-game season series and move into a tie with Los Angeles for fourth place in the Western Conference.
Corey Perry scored both Anaheim goals, and Dan Ellis stopped 17 of 21 shots through two periods before he was replaced by Ray Emery. The 10th-place Ducks are two points and two positions behind eight-place Calgary and the postseason cutoff in the West.
Emery, who stopped all 10 shots he faced in his Anaheim debut, got into an NHL game for the first time since Feb. 1, 2010, when he was with Philadelphia. A month later, Emery underwent hip surgery.
He was signed by the Ducks last month after All-Star Jonas Hiller went on the injured list because of vertigo. Emery has been serving as the backup to Ellis, obtained from Tampa Bay on Feb. 24.
Perry tied it 2-all at 15:46 of the second period with his 36th goal, redirecting a slap shot by rookie Cam Fowler over Bryzgalov's right shoulder on a power play created by a penalty for too many men on the ice.
Phoenix regained the lead 61 seconds later.
Ducks forward Todd Marchant tried to sweep the puck out of his zone while backpedaling in the right circle and fanned. Korpikoski swooped around the flat-footed Marchant, swerved past defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky, and slid his 17th goal between Ellis' pads.
Marchant was sent off 27 seconds later for high-sticking Korpikoski, and Schlemko made it 4-2 three seconds after the penalty expired.
Doan broke his stick on a slap shot during a power play, and ended up with an interference penalty at 15:05 of the first. Just 28 seconds after leaving the penalty box, Doan set up Korpikoski's first goal for a 2-1 Coyotes lead.
Anaheim defenseman Toni Lydman discarded a broken stick in the Phoenix zone and was trying to guard Korpikoski in the left circle of the offensive end when Korpikoski scored with a wrist shot.
Notes: A moment of silence was observed for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. ... Emery was the losing goalie in the 2007 Stanley Cup finals when the Ducks beat the Ottawa Senators. ... The Coyotes are 86-48-18 in the regular season since Dave Tippett replaced Wayne Gretzky as coach. ... Keith Yandle earned an assist on Korpikoski's second goal, giving him 56 points - one more than Visnovsky and Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom for the NHL lead among defensemen. ... Phoenix is 12-1-1 when Pyatt scores a goal.