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Connor Ingram records 28-save shutout, Coyotes blank Ducks 2-0

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Connor Ingram claimed his fifth shutout of his NHL career, stopping every one of the 28 shots he faced from the Anaheim Ducks as the Arizona Coyotes won 2-0 last night.

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Trailing 4-0 in the second period, the Coyotes came back with five unanswered goals in a 5-4 overtime victory against the Colorado Avalanche on Dec. 27.

Arizona’s relentless pressure and forecheck sparked the rally in Tempe, and it carried over to a dominant win in California.

Anaheim came into the contest as the most penalized team in the league with 154 infractions.

Former Coyote Ilya Lybushkin would add to that total by hooking Matias Maccelli, sending Arizona to the power play.

Punishing Lybushkin and the Ducks, Clayton Keller buried his 13th goal of the season to make it 1-0 Arizona 7:38 into the first period. This was the first goal that the ‘Yotes scored in a first period in their past six games.

Jason Zucker had two chances to tack on to the Coyotes’ lead early, but John Gibson gave Anaheim a fighting chance all night with multiple, crucial saves.

Halfway through the second frame, Maccelli stripped two Ducks of the puck before sending a pass to linemate Lawson Crouse who rifled a one-timer past Gibson and extended their advantage to 2-0.

That would be the last puck that crossed the goal line as Ingram and Gibson kept the contest close.

Whatever Ingram saw, he saved as he recorded his fourth shutout of the season.

Even though he had no offensive support in front of him, Gibson rejected 30-of-32 shots that Arizona fired at him.

With their offensive woes ongoing, the Ducks are now ranked 29th in the NHL in goals-per-game with 2.57.

Final Notes

The Coyotes are 19-14-2 for the season with 40 points and are fourth place in the Central Division, winning their final two games of their 2023 calendar.

Arizona will begin 2024 with a six-game homestand at Mullett Arena, starting Tuesday against the Florida Panthers.

Suffering a defeat, the Ducks drop to 13-22-0 and stick in seventh in the Pacific Division with 26 points.

Continuing their eight-game homestand, Anaheim face the Edmonton Oilers tomorrow night at 6 p.m. MST.

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Alec Cipollini is a reporter of the Arizona Coyotes and Cardinals for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on his X account @AlecCipollini

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