NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Phoenix|
(Saturday, February 5th)
Final Score: Phoenix 1, Minnesota 0
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Ilya Bryzgalov made 25 saves for his fourth
shutout of the season, and Taylor Pyatt scored the lone goal in Phoenix's 1-0
victory against Minnesota.
Bryzgalov bounced back from a shaky performance Wednesday against Vancouver,
in which he allowed five goals in a 6-0 Coyotes loss. Saturday's effort helped
Phoenix win for just the third time in its last nine games.
"When he was called on, he made good saves, and the team played the way we
have to play in front of him," Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett said of
Bryzgalov. "So it's a good first step to get ourselves going in the right
Niklas Backstrom was the hard-luck loser, stopping 40-of-41 shots as the Wild
had their three-game win streak broken.
The game was scoreless through the first two periods, and Backstrom had to
make 31 saves over that stretch to keep Phoenix off the board. Bryzgalov
stopped 17 shots in the first 40 minutes.
Pyatt put the Coyotes on the board 2:20 into the third period. After a faceoff
in Minnesota's end, Phoenix defenseman Sami Lepisto barely kept the puck in
the zone and carried it by the left boards. He quickly centered for Pyatt, who
wristed a shot by Backstrom.
Bryzgalov stopped all eight shots he faced in the final period to secure the
"They played extremely tight out there," said Wild forward Kyle Brodziak.
"There wasn't a lot of room out there. It was a hard-fought game."
Bryzgalov notched his 20th career shutout...Both teams won twice in the season
series...Pyatt scored for the first time since Jan. 15.
02/06 01:53:57 ET