NHL Game Summary - Florida at Phoenix|
(Saturday, December 4th)
Final Score: Florida 2, Phoenix 1 (SO)
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Michael Frolik registered the game-winner in
the fifth round of the shootout to give Florida a 2-1 victory over Phoenix.
After Lauri Korpikoski failed on a wrister to start the round, Frolik used the
backhand to score on Ilya Bryzgalov and win the game for the visitors.
Frolik also tallied in regulation for Florida, which snapped a two-game losing
streak. Scott Clemmensen had 40 saves between the pipes.
"It was just a total team effort tonight," Clemmensen said. "Everyone played
so well tonight from the defense on up to the forwards. We needed a win and in
order to get a team win like we had was very important."
Martin Hanzal had the lone goal for the Coyotes, who have dropped three of
their last four after coming off a seven-game winning stretch. Bryzgalov
turned away 36-of-37 shots in the loss.
"There was good things I saw in the game and there were some disappointing
things," said Phoenix head coach Dave Tippett. "I was disappointed in our
power play in the third period. We really let that momentum slip away. I'm
also disappointed in the penalties."
Florida broke the scoring midway through the second period after the Phoenix
defense misplayed the puck behind its own net. David Booth took control of the
disc and centered it to Frolik in the left slot. He then finished the play by
sweeping it past Bryzgalov.
Phoenix tied the game up on a power play at the 16:04 mark in the second when
Keith Yandle passed the puck at the left point to Ray Whitney, who held it
moving toward the center of the left circle. He then ripped a shot that was
deflected by Hanzal at the top of the crease.
During overtime, the Panthers had a 5-on-3 advantage after a Whitney hooking
penalty and a too-many-men-on-the-ice call. However, they weren't able to
While short-handed, the Coyotes had a golden opportunity to get a game-winner
on 2-on-1 rush led by Yandle. He ripped a wrister from the right side but
Clemmensen turned aside the puck with his left leg.
It was only meeting between the teams this season..Phoenix travels to Anaheim
on Sunday, while Florida will host Colorado on Tuesday...Radim Vrbata and
Scottie Upshall each scored on their shootout chances in the loss...Florida's
other scorers in the shootout were Mike Santorelli and Stephen Weiss.
12/05 03:40:15 ET