(Sports Network) - The Anaheim Ducks will try to head into the playoffs with
some positive momentum, as they shoot for a fourth straight win to close the
regular season in Saturday's home game against the Phoenix Coyotes.
With 66 points, the Pacific Division champion Ducks, who have won three in a
row on the heels of a four-game slide, are locked into the second seed in the
Anaheim will try for its first four-game winning streak since taking five
straight from March 6-14. The Ducks followed that run with a 7-8-3 record from
March 22-April 19, a stretch that included a pair of four-game losing streaks.
However, the Ducks ended their most recent four-game slide with consecutive
road wins against Edmonton before notching a third straight victory in
Thursday's 3-1 decision in Vancouver. Jonas Hiller stopped 28 shots to help
the Ducks close a four-game road trip with a 3-1-0 record.
Andrew Cogliano, Brad Staubitz and Matt Beleskey each had a goal for the
Ducks, who have won three straight.
"We did a great job of being in front and blocking shots. We were doing the
things you need to do to win," Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau said.
Thursday's game had no meaning for either team as both clubs were already
locked into their respective playoff seed. Vancouver won the Northwest
Division and is assured of the third spot in the West.
Anaheim is 16-6-1 as the host this season but will try to halt a two-game home
losing streak in the regular-season finale at Honda Center.
The Ducks had lost three straight to the Coyotes before snapping their series'
losing streak with a 2-0 home win on March 6. Anaheim has won three straight
on home ice against Phoenix.
The Coyotes, who will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2009, are
coming off Friday's shootout loss against visiting Colorado. Matt Duchene
capped a four-point night with the game-winning goal in the shootout to give
the Avalanche a 5-4 decision in the season finale at Jobing.com Arena.
Duchene assisted on three other scores as the Avalanche spoiled the Coyotes'
home finale with only their fourth road victory of the season. P.A. Parenteau
added a goal and an assist to the win, which he sealed by beating Phoenix
goaltender Mike Smith in the second round of the shootout.
Antoine Vermette scored twice and Keith Yandle posted three assists for
Phoenix, which lost for the fifth time in its last seven outings (2-2-3).
Smith finished with 24 saves.
"We came out strong, but they answered back hard," Phoenix forward Rob
Klinkhammer said. "It was nice to see everyone play hard. We fought hard until
the end, it is a shame we couldn't bag one in."
Phoenix is just 6-10-7 as the visiting team this season.
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