NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Phoenix|
(Wednesday, December 23rd)
Final Score: Phoenix 4, Anaheim 0
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 21 shots to record his
league-leading fifth shutout of the season, as the Phoenix Coyotes defeated
the Anaheim Ducks, 4-0.
Scottie Upshall, Martin Hanzal, Taylor Pyatt and Robert Lang each had a goal
for the Coyotes, who have won eight straight at Jobing.com Arena and are
10-2-1 in their last 13 games overall.
"The guys were ready and competed very hard," said Phoenix head coach Dave
Anaheim goaltender Jonas Hiller allowed three goals on 28 shots before he was
replaced by Jean-Sebastien Giguere with about eight minutes left in the third
period. Giguere made three saves the rest of the way for the Ducks, who were
vying for a third consecutive win.
"We didn't have much going from an energy standpoint and struggled to
execute," said Anaheim head coach Randy Carlyle.
The Coyotes grabbed a 1-0 lead at the 8:20 mark of the first period on
Upshall's team-leading 13th goal of the season.
An aggressive forecheck created a turnover deep in the Anaheim zone. Phoenix
captain Shane Doan backhanded the puck out front to Matthew Lombardi, whose
bid from in tight was turned away by Hiller. Upshall, though, followed up the
play and knocked in the rebound before the Swiss netminder could reel it in.
Hanzal made it 2-0 with 3:31 remaining in the opening frame, and the 200th
career point for Pyatt gave the Coyotes a three-goal advantage midway through
the second period.
Lang one-timed a Peter Mueller feed for a power-play goal with 3:50 remaining
in the third period.
Mueller had two assists...Phoenix improved to 14-5-0 at home, while the Ducks
fell to 5-7-5 as the guest...Phoenix has won three of the five meetings this
season...The Coyotes wrap up a three-game homestand Saturday against Los
Angeles...Anaheim concludes its three-game road trip Saturday in San Jose.
12/24 00:41:17 ET