GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Ryan Getzlaf and Jakob Silfverberg scored to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes in the season finale on Saturday night.
Frederik Andersen made 23 saves for the Ducks, who snapped a two-game losing streak and secured the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Anaheim will face Winnipeg in the first round of the playoffs.
The Ducks set an NHL record with their 33rd one-goal victory, surpassing the previous mark of 32 set by the New Jersey Devils in 2006-07.
Sam Gagner scored and Mike Smith made 36 saves for the Coyotes, who finished the season on a three-game losing streak. Arizona went 4-13-1 since February 10 to finish with the worst record in the Western Conference.
Getzlaf gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead at 5:41 of the first period, taking a backhand feed from Tomas Fleischmann and beating Arizona goalie Mike Smith with a backhand shot from the low left slot. The goal was Getzlaf’s 25th, second only to Corey Perry on the Ducks.
Silfverberg made it 2-0 with 36.2 seconds left in the second, one-timing a pass from Andrew Cogliano from behind the net and firing into the top of the net for his 13th goal.
Gagner pulled the Coyotes to 2-1 with 6:01 remaining on a shot from between the circles off a pass from Martin Erat from behind the net. Gagner’s goal ended Arizona’s 126:15 scoreless streak and helped the Coyotes avoid their 12th shutout of the season.
NOTES: Getzlaf has 57 points in 56 career games against the Coyotes. … Of Getzlaf’s 25 goals this season, 13 have either tied the score or given the Ducks a lead. … The Coyotes’ 56 points were the team’s second-fewest since relocating to the Phoenix area from Winnipeg for the 1996-97 season. Arizona totaled 51 points during the 2012-13 season, the year after reaching the Western Conference finals. … Anaheim lost three straight games in regulation only once this season.
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