Found December 15, 2011 on Fox Sports West:
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Niklas Hagman scored two goals, Jonas Hiller made 19 saves and the Anaheim Ducks earned their second win in six games under new coach Bruce Boudreau, 4-1 over the slumping Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday night. Rod Pelley scored in his Ducks debut and Kyle Palmieri added his first goal of the season for the Ducks, who climbed out of last place in the overall NHL standings with their fifth victory in 25 games. Martin Hanzal scored for Phoenix's NHL-worst power-play unit and Mike Smith stopped 24 shots for the Coyotes, who have lost three straight and five of seven. Phoenix had won four in a row against its Pacific Division rivals, but Smith lost in regulation to the Ducks for the first time in his NHL career. Although Anaheim's goals all came from unlikely contributors, MVP Corey Perry also had two assists and the Ducks got a major boost from the return of Lubomir Visnovsky. The Slovak defenseman missed the past 13 games with a broken finger on his right hand, but he had an assist on Pelley's goal and immediately ran the point on Anaheim's power play while racking up seven shots. Visnovsky was the NHL's top-scoring defenseman last season with 68 points, but struggled early this season with injured fingers on both hands. Anaheim played without center Saku Koivu, who went on injured reserve before missing his second straight game with a lower-body injury. The Coyotes began a stretch of three games in four nights with an unimpressive effort, although their power play scored for just the second time in 10 games. Late in the first period, Pelley blew past Adrian Aucoin along the boards and beat Smith on a breakaway for his first goal with the Ducks, who acquired him from New Jersey on Monday in a four-player trade. Pelley, best known as a rugged penalty-killer and depth forward, hadn't scored an NHL goal since last Jan. 17. Anaheim went up 2-0 early in the second period when Hagman corralled a rebound of Perry's shot and scored the second goal of his 12-game stint with the Ducks, who claimed the Finnish veteran off waivers from Calgary last month. Hanzal trimmed the Ducks' lead when he got a pass from Ray Whitney and beat Hiller for his fifth goal. Phoenix had scored on just two of its previous 46 power plays in the previous 16 games. But Hagman put the Ducks up 3-1 late in the second period with a backhand in front after an exceptional pass from Perry, who anticipated Hagman's move in front of the net. Palmieri then redirected Bobby Ryan's shot in front early in the third period for his first goal since the high-scoring minor leaguer's recall from the AHL last week. Perry tried mightily to get a third goal for Hagman, but Smith robbed the Finnish forward on two good chances late. NOTES: Phoenix has never beaten Anaheim five straight times. ... Aucoin committed two penalties in the first period and fell down on Pelley's goal. ... Hagman had the 15th multigoal game of his career, but his first since April 10, 2010. ... Coyotes enforcer Paul Bissonnette skated in his first game since Nov. 25. ... Anaheim opens a five-game road stretch Friday in Chicago.
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