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11/4/2006 12:48:57 AM


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Andy McDonald scored on a penalty shot to cap Anaheim's four-goal second period and the Ducks improved on their best start with a 6-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday night.

Chris Kunitz Teemu Selanne and Chris Pronger scored power-play goals, and the Ducks (10-0-4) grabbed the NHL points lead with 24 - one more than Buffalo (11-0-1), the only other team without a regulation loss.

Anaheim is one game shy of the longest point streak from the start of a season in NHL history, set by the 1943-44 Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens, who won 11 and tied three.

Dustin Penner and Sean O'Donnell also scored and Chris Pronger had two assists, helping the Ducks beat Phoenix for the seventh straight time. Ilya Bryzgalov made 25 saves, and is 7-0 against Phoenix with a 1.71 goals-against average.

Patrick Fischer and Mike Comrie scored third-period goals for the Coyotes, playing for the first time since a 7-3 home loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday. Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky put the team through a four-day mini-camp, but it didn't help the Coyotes (3-10). They already trail Anaheim by 18 points in the Pacific Division.

McDonald was awarded his first career penalty shot at 19:10 of the second period after goaltender Curtis Joseph went for a head fake by the Ducks centre and threw his stick at the puck. Moments later, McDonald skated straight in on Joseph and beat him low to the stick side to make it 5-0.

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