1/24/97 -- 1:10 AM

Mighty Ducks-Coyotes,


PHOENIX (AP) - Three days of working on defense woke up the Phoenix Coyotes' offenset.

Cliff Ronning scored two goals and Keith Tkachuk added his 30th of the season as Phoenix beat the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 6-3 for only its second home win since Dec. 27.

``We need more games like this instead of always playing catch up,'' said Mike Gartner, who scored his 684th career goal when he beat goaltender Guy Hebert at 9:15 of the first period.

``We don't want teams coming into our building and dictating the play. We can't afford to do that.''

Craig Janney had his first goal since Nov. 16, Norm Maciver also scored and Oleg Tverdovsky added four assists for the Coyotes, who won for only the second time in their last eight games (2-6-0).

Paul Kariya recorded his second career hat trick for the Mighty Ducks, who have lost all three meetings against Phoenix this season.

After watching his team struggle during the two weeks leading into the All-Star Game, Phoenix coach Don Hay drilled the Coyotes in defensive fundamentals during a three-day training camp. The result was Phoenix's most goals in a game since beating Vancouver 7-2 in December.

``We worked hard for three days and hard work usually pays off this way,'' Ronning said. ``We've been in a lot of games and four ways to lose them. Now we found a way to win one.''

Ronning's goal 17 seconds into the second period gave Phoenix a 3-1 lead. Kariya answered at 3:39 of the second period when he slid a rebound shot under Phoenix goalie Nikolai Khabibulin's right arm.

The Coyotes regained a two-goal lead when Maciver, playing in his first game after neck surgery Nov. 22, blasted a shot from the point to chase Anaheim goalie Guy Hebert.

Kariya completed his first hat trick of the season at 11:20 but Ronning, after drawing a slashing penalty on Teemu Selanne and a misconduct on David Karpa, banked a shot off the left post at 19:06 for his 11th goal of the season.

Ronning's second score was the Coyotes' third power-play goal in five chances against Anaheim, the worst road penalty-killing unit in the league.

Tkachuk added an empty-net goal with 28.5 seconds remaining for his 18th goal in Phoenix's last 17 games.

Gartner and Janney scored 80 seconds apart to give Phoenix a 2-0 lead at 10:35 of the first period before Kariya trickled a shot between Khabibulin's pads to pull the Mighty Ducks within a goal.

Khabibulin, making his seventh consecutive start, made 31 saves for his fourth win in six games against the Anaheim. Hebert made 16 saves before giving way to Mikhail Shtalenkov, who stopped 11 of 12 shots.

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