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Anaheim 3, Phoenix 2
Posted: Saturday February 08, 2003 11:01 PM
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ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- Patric Kjellberg, Stanislav Chistov and defenseman Niclas Havelid scored in a 10-minute span of the second period and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made it stand up as the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim edged the Phoenix Coyotes, 3-2.

The three-goal outburst erased an early 1-0 deficit and Giguere stopped 12 of the 13 shots he faced in the third period as Anaheim continued to play well at the Arrowhead Pond.

The Ducks play five of their next seven games at home, where they are 13-7-5-1 in 2002-03.

Jason Krog picked up assists on all three goals - his first career three-point game.

"It was nice to beat Phoenix," Krog said. "They played hard the whole game. We were fortunate to score the three goals in the second and hold on."

"It was great to win tonight," Anaheim left wing Paul Kariya said. "It was good for us to get some scoring out of the second and third lines. Then we held on to the lead."

Mike Johnson had a power-play goal and Paul Ranheim scored midway through the third for Phoenix, which has lost three of four following a three-game winning streak.

"It was a tight game today, we had a little letdown in the second period," Coyotes defenseman Teppo Numminen said. "We kind of got off our system and they got a couple of 3-on-2s and 2-on-1s there and that was the game."

After a scoreless first period in which the teams combined for 18 shots, Johnson staked the Coyotes to a 1-0 lead 2:17 into the second. Rookie Ramzi Abid stuffed a rebound off Johnson and past Giguere.

"I thought it went in already," Johnson joked. "It hit me in the leg on the way in. Just when I was laying there. It is about as much skill as I have to let them hit me and go in."

Kjellberg knotted the contest just under six minutes into the period, scoring his sixth goal of the season. It was his first goal since December 29 - a span of 17 games.

"Kjellberg's goal was an outstanding cycle goal from Krog's line," Ducks coach Mike Babcock said. "Shelly just buried it."

Chistov made it 2-1 with 10:06 left in the period, beating Phoenix goaltender Zac Bierk to the glove side with a wrist shot from between the circles.

Havelid made it 3-1, one-timing a picture-perfect pass from Samuel Pahlsson past Bierk. It was Havelid's career-high ninth goal and 26th point. He had just 26 points in his first three seasons in the league.

Ranheim's first goal of the season, midway through the third period, got the Coyotes within a goal but Phoenix could not register the equalizer.

 


 
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