Vrbata’s hat trick guides Coyotes over Ducks

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Updated: April 28, 2013

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Radim Vrbata recorded his fourth career hat
trick and also added an assist, as the Phoenix Coyotes ended their season on a
high note with a 5-3 victory over the playoff-bound Anaheim Ducks on Saturday
at Honda Center.

The game meant little for either team, as the Coyotes had already been
eliminated from playoff contention while the Pacific Division champion Ducks
were locked into the second seed in the Western Conference.

Kyle Chipchura and Antoine Vermette each scored once and Jason LaBarbera made
43 saves for the Coyotes, who won two of their final three games to finish
21-18-9.

Teemu Selanne, Bobby Ryan and Francois Beauchemin netted a goal apiece, while
Viktor Fasth allowed four goals on 30 shots for the Ducks (30-12-6), who
will host the seventh-seeded Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the
playoffs.

Vrbata opened the scoring at the 8:14 mark when he buried a wrister from the
right circle, but Selanne answered with a tap-in from the low right side just
2:07 later to even the score.

Chipchura slipped a quick wrister through the five-hole of Fasth with 2:24
left in the period to make it 2-1.

Beauchemin’s blast from the right point 14 seconds into the second brought the
Ducks even again, but Vrbata scored the next two goals to give his team the
lead for good.

The first came at the 6:46 mark of the second when he pounded home a rebound
from in front.

With the Coyotes down a man less than eight minutes into the third, Vrbata
found the back of the net with a wrister from the left circle to make it 4-2
at the 7:43 mark.

Ryan’s tip-in just under two minutes later brought the Ducks within one, but
LaBarbera was able to keep the lead there before Vermette potted an empty-
netter with two seconds left to account for the final margin.

Game Notes

Phoenix finished 7-10-7 on the road … Anaheim has lost three straight at
home to finish 16-7-1 at Honda Center … Phoenix took three of four from
Anaheim this season.