GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Isac Lundestrom had two goals and an assist, Anthony Stolarz made 22 saves for his third shutout of the season and the Anaheim Ducks ended an 11-game losing streak with a win of 5-0 over the Arizona Coyotes on Friday night.
Stolarz, in his first start since March 12 after missing eight games, had his sixth shutout in 56 career games.
Cam Fowler had a goal and an assist, and Gerry Mayhew and Trevor Zegras – with a lacrosse-style goal – also scored for the Ducks, who scored three goals in the opening 10 minutes. The Ducks have just three points since their last win on March 6.
The Coyotes, who have lost six of their seven games, played their first game without leading scorer Clayton Keller, who suffered a broken femur when he crashed to the boards late in a 5-2 win over San Jose Wednesday. He will miss the rest of the season.
Josef Korenar made 25 saves for Arizona after replacing starter Karel Vejmelka at 9:42 of the first period after Zegras’ goal gave the Ducks a 3-0 lead. Zegras scooped the puck up behind the Coyotes net to Vejmelka’s left and skated to the other side, where he held the puck on his blade and dumped it at chest level.
It’s the second time the 21-year-old rookie has scored on a lacrosse-style goal, with Zegras also achieving the feat against Montreal on Jan. 27.
The Ducks scored on three of nine shots against Vejmelka, who was making his seventh straight start. That outburst came after Anaheim scored just 21 goals in their skid — and never more than three in a game.
Lundestrom skated alone after a defensive breakdown and returned a wrist shot from the left circle that went between Vejmelka’s glove and his right pad for a 1-0 lead at 3:38 of the first period.
Mayhew’s rising slap shot from the top of the left circle tipped Vejmelka’s glove for a 2-0 lead at 7:41. Zegras’ clever goal made it 3-0 two minutes later.
Stolarz stopped the Coyotes’ best chance when Michael Carcone skated alone eight minutes later.
Fowler gave the Ducks a 4-0 lead at 5:44 of the second period when he caught a pass from Lundestrom on a 3-on-1 break and beat Korenar on the other end.
The game got choppy late. Each team received two five-minute penalties for battling in the final nine minutes, and the game was stopped when blood was wiped off the ice after Coyotes forward Jay Beagle threw Troy Terry on the ice in front of the Coyotes net.
Both received fight penalties and Beagle received a two-minute penalty for cross-checking and a game foul at 2:23 p.m. Phil Kessel of the Coyotes also received a misconduct in the game.
NOTES: Keller is expected to miss four to six months after undergoing surgery on Thursday. The Coyotes’ leading scorer with 35 goals and 28 assists has played in 357 consecutive games, the fourth-longest active streak in the league. … Anaheim Fs Ryan Geltzlaf (lower body) and Jakob Silfverberg (blood clot in leg) were scratched. Getzlaf is listed day by day. … The Coyotes played without top six Ds Jakob Chychrun (lower body) and JJ Moser (upper body) for the eighth straight game. Chychrun missed the last 10. … The Coyotes recalled F Hudson Fasching from Tucson of the American Hockey League. … Coyotes F Nick Ritchie played his 400th game. Ritchie was drafted by the Ducks in 2014 and played 287 games with them. Ritchie has eight goals and two assists in 17 games since acquiring Toronto. … The Coyotes had won six of their last seven home games against Anaheim.
Ducks: hosts Edmonton on Sunday.
Coyotes: Play in Chicago on Sunday.
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