Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 4/27/13
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Radim Vrbata had three goals, capping his hat trick with a short-handed score, and Jason LaBarbera made 22 of his 43 saves in the first period to lead the Phoenix Coyotes to a 5-3 victory over the playoff-bound Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night. The Coyotes finished 21-18-9, four points out of a playoff spot after winning their first division title in franchise history and going to the Western Conference finals last season. This is the first time the Coyotes have missed the postseason since 2009 and only the second time for Dave Tippett in his 10 seasons as an NHL head coach. Teemu Selanne, Bobby Ryan and defensemen Francois Beauchemin scored for the Ducks, who replaced the Coyotes as Pacific Division champions in the lockout-shortened 48-game season. They finished with the NHL's third-best record and had only four fewer wins than they had last season, when the schedule was the normal 82 games. As the second seed in the West, Anaheim will meet seventh-seeded Detroit in the opening round of the playoffs. It will be the sixth time the teams will face each other in the postseason. The Coyotes twice squandered one-goal leads before Ducks goalie Victor Fasth left a bad rebound on a 40-foot wrist shot by Shane Doan that Vrbata put into a wide-open net at 6:46 of the second period to cap his third multigoal game of the season. His third of the game and 12th of the season came with 12:17 remaining while teammate Antoine Vermette was serving an interference penalty. Vermette then scored into an empty net with 2 seconds to play. Vrbata opened the scoring at 8:14 of the first, one-timing a pass from behind the net from Doan. Selanne tied it about two minutes later with his 12th goal, the 675th of his career, getting a return pass at the right side of the crease from Patrick Maroon after the rookie made a 360-degree spin move to set up the 20-year veteran from the left circle. Kyle Chipchura put the Coyotes ahead 2-1 at 17:36 of the first with a 15-foot wrist shot from the left of the net that trickled through Fasth's pads. But teammate Lauri Korpikoski was sent off for tripping Ryan in the final minute of the period, and the Ducks cashed in on the power play 14 seconds after intermission. Beauchemin used teammate Corey Perry as a screen and beat LaBarbera through the pads with a slap shot from the right point. The Coyotes enter an uncertain offseason, one that could be their last in the desert. The franchise has been run by the NHL the past three seasons, and while several prospective ownership groups have expressed interest of late, it remains to be seen if a deal will be reached to keep the team in Arizona. NOTES: It was Vrbata's fourth career hat trick and first since 2008. ... Keith Yandle had two assists for Phoenix and finished with a team-high 30 points. He and Nashville's Shea Weber (27) were the only defensemen to lead their teams in scoring. ... Doan, who signed a four-year, 21.2 million contract extension just before the lockout, finished with 13 goals and 14 assists and didn't miss a game.
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