Posted December 15, 2011 on AP on Fox
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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've now 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 ha...
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