Sunday, October 23, 2011
Coyotes 5, Ducks 4: By the numbers
By Dave Joseph
Ryan Getzlaf, center, celebrates one of his two goals during a 5-4 loss to Phoenix on Sunday night.
0 -- Number of goals scored by the Ducks on four power-play opportunities. Anaheim, which entered the game ranked 24th with the man-advantage, is now just 3-for-29 on the power play this season.
1 -- Goal scored by Anaheim defenseman Kurtis Foster, who tallied his first point as a Duck in his first game of the season. “When they told me I was going to play, I was pretty excited”, Foster said. “To be able to chip in with a goal is always a positive. It definitely felt good to get back in a game out there.”
2 -- Goals scored by Ducks’ defenseman, accounting for half of the offensive output on the night.
3 -- Phoenix power plays killed by the Ducks. Anaheim has yet to allow the opponent to score with the man-advantage in 19 opportunities on home ice this season.
4 -- Consecutive goals scored by Phoenix after Anaheim took a 2-1 lead 14:02 into the second period. Coach Randy Carlyle said, “When you look back on it, the flurry of goals in the second period sunk our hockey club. I thought our team had its fair share of chances. We just didn’t execute to a level that was required and then we got frustrated.”
5 -- Goals allowed on 19 shots before Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller was pulled in favor of Dan Ellis. Hiller got the hook 7:56 into the second period. Ellis turned aside all 16 shots he faced in relief.
6 -- Game goal-scoring drought snapped by Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf, who tallied twice for his first two goals of the season. Getzlaf, a notoriously slow starter, didn’t score in the first three games of the 2010-2011 campaign. He went seven straight before tallying in ’09-’10 and six consecutive games without a goal to start the ’08-’09 season.
7 -- The number of games on the road trip the Ducks embark upon beginning Tuesday in Chicago. Anaheim has dropped two straight on the heels of a four-game winning streak. Said Getzlaf: “I wish we would have had a better game to send us off. Maybe that is what we need is to get out on the road as a group, take advantage of this time together and work toward a bigger goal.”
9 -- As in Nov. 9, the date of Anaheim’s next home game vs. Nashville.
29 -- Saves for Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith, who helped Phoenix snap a two-game slide.
100 -- Points as a Duck by center Saku Koivu, who reached the century mark by setting up Foster’s second period goal.