Selanne leads Ducks to ninth win in ten games

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Anaheim Mighty Ducks are peaking at

just the right time.

Teemu Selanne scored twice and added an assist to lead the

streaking Anaheim Mighty Ducks past the Phoenix Coyotes 5-2

Saturday night for their sixth straight win.

"It's the perfect time to be hot," Selanne said. "Everybody

knows it's tough to face a hot team in the playoffs, and right now

we're hot."

Scott Niedermayer, Corey Perry and Francois Beauchemin also

scored for the Ducks, who beat Phoenix for the seventh time in

eight games to remain in fifth place in the Western Conference.

"We've got a long way to go," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle

said. "There still are a lot of points available."

The Ducks, 9-1 in their last 10 and 10-2-1 since the Olympic

break, were in ninth place when they played in Phoenix two weeks


"We've been playing very well, but we expected ourselves to

play very well all year," said Jean-Sebastian Giguere, who made 32

saves in his second start in two nights. "We should have been

doing this all year."

Mike Comrie and Oleg Kvasha scored for the Coyotes, who had a

three-game winning streak snapped.

"We let ourselves down in a couple of areas but we competed,"

Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky said. "It's tough to lose. You hate to

lose, but I know we're going forward here and have the team going

in the right direction."

Perry broke a 2-2 tie at 4:19 of the second period, sliding a

hard shot from the left circle under David LeNeveu's glove. Selanne

made it 4-2 just 54 seconds later, taking a pass from Vitaly

Vishnevski at the right side of the crease and redirecting the puck

into the net.

"That's why he's one of the best players in the world,"

LeNeveu said.

Beauchemin capped the scoring with Anaheim's third power-play

goal in as many chances, a blast from the top of the right circle

with 6:29 remaining.

The Mighty Ducks are 9-for-14 on the power play in their last

three games.

"I really believe it's pride," Selanne said. "For the guys

who are lucky enough to play on the power play, it has to be a

bonus for everyone out there. Even one PP goal every day is going

to be huge."

Comrie gave Phoenix a 1-0 lead 69 seconds in when he took a pass

from Mike Johnson, skated untouched between the circles and beat

Giguere with a short wrist shot.

Niedermayer tied it at 12:29 of the period with a power-play

goal from the left circle. Selanne gave Anaheim its first lead,

3-2, on a slap shot from the left circle for a power-play goal with

24.7 seconds left in the second.

Kvasha tied it 2-2 with the help of video replay. Kvasha's sharp

shot from the left corner of the crease hit the crossbar and

bounced off the back of Giguere's glove before entering the net.

The goal originally was waved off, but was credited after a short


"We tried to get the pucks in and we tried to get their defense

to turn but it was a little late," Comrie said.Game notes
Anaheim went 7-0-1 against Phoenix this season. ... Coyotes

LW Josh Gratton logged his second fight in two games with Phoenix,

squaring off with Todd Fedoruk midway through the second period.

... Selanne has seven goals and 18 assists in his last 18 road

games. ... LeNeveu, recalled from San Antonio of the AHL on

Wednesday, made his second straight start.