NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Phoenix|
(Saturday, December 20th)
Final Score: Phoenix 2, Columbus 0
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Ilya Bryzgalov turned aside 33 shots to
record his sixth career shutout, as the Phoenix Coyotes continued their recent
dominance at home with a 2-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Steven Reinprecht and Mikkel Boedker lit the lamp for the Coyotes, who are
5-0-1 in their last six games at Jobing.com Arena.
"I think Bryzgalov deserves a lot of credit," said Phoenix head coach Wayne
Gretzky. "He seems to be seeing the puck very well right now and this is as
solid as I've ever seen him play. He has the ability to be a special player
and there's no question he was the difference in the hockey game tonight."
Rookie Steve Mason, who entered play Saturday with a league-leading 1.91
goals-against average, allowed two goals on 24 shots for Columbus, which has
dropped three of its last four games.
"These are points that we needed," said Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash. "This
is a team we're going to be in a fight with for a playoff spot. He (Bryzgalov)
is one of the top goalies in the league, but I don't think we really tested
Columbus outshot Phoenix 10-4 in a scoreless opening 20 minutes, but couldn't
Reinprecht put the Desert Dogs on the board just past the midway point of the
second period. Ken Klee unleashed a wrister from the top of the slot area
which Mason kicked out with the right pad. Reinprecht collected the rebound
and tucked it home with 9:37 remaining.
Phoenix capitalized on a turnover in the attacking zone to grab a 2-0 lead at
the 6:52 mark of the third period. Boedker, the eighth overall pick in last
June's draft, went to the backhand and lifted the puck underneath the left arm
The Coyotes swept Columbus in the four-game season series...The Blue Jackets
have lost seven straight on the road...Phoenix went 0-for-3 on the power play,
while Columbus finished 0-for-2.
12/21 00:25:26 ET