NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Phoenix|
(Monday, December 7th)
Final Score: Phoenix 2, Minnesota 0
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Ilya Bryzgalov made 28 saves to log his fourth
shutout of the season, lifting Phoenix to its season-high fifth consecutive
win, 2-0, over the Minnesota Wild.
Scottie Upshall and Taylor Pyatt scored to back the effort, which was the
Russian netminder's 12th career whitewash.
"We carried out intensity throughout the whole 60 minutes, which was our goal
tonight," stated Coyotes coach Dave Tippett. "Our penalty killing was
Bryzgalov now leads the NHL in shutouts this season, while Pyatt has scored in
three straight games. Upshall, meanwhile, netted the game-winner in the last
meeting between these teams on November 18.
It's the Coyotes' first five-game win streak since December 31, 2007-January
Niklas Backstrom stopped 29-of-31 shots for the Wild, who had their season-
high win streak snapped at five games.
"We weren't our sharpest, but we weren't our worst either," said Wild forward
Antti Miettinen. "I think we made it tougher for ourselves with some turnovers
or not playing the puck deep."
After both clubs failed to light the scoreboard in the opening 20 minutes,
Upshall took a feed in front from Peter Mueller for a deflection past
Backstrom to give Phoenix a 1-0 edge at 10:30 of the second.
Less than a minute later, Pyatt broke out on a rush into the Wild zone, took a
pass from Shane Doan at the left circle and snapped off a quick shot that beat
Backstrom on the short side for a two-goal lead.
Bryzgalov only needed to turn back three shots in the final 20 minutes to
secure the win.
Minnesota was attempting to win six straight games for the first time since it
ripped off a club record nine-game win streak from March 8-24, 2007...Despite
the loss, the Wild have won 10 of their last 13 versus Phoenix, but those
three losses have come in the last four meetings.
12/08 02:43:45 ET