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NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Calgary



(Tuesday, January 8th)

Final Score: Phoenix 3, Calgary 1

Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Ilya Bryzgalov made 30 saves and his strong effort along with a three-goal uprising in the second period combined to lead the streaking Phoenix Coyotes to a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames at the Saddledome.

Daniel Winnik, Joel Perrault and Keith Yandle scored for Phoenix, which remained red-hot and won its fifth consecutive game. The Coyotes, who began a four-game road trip that will continue in Edmonton on Thursday, improved to 9-2-1 in their last 12 games overall.

"We have a good group of young guys with a lot of energy," said Phoenix defenseman Derek Morris.

Alex Tanguay tallied the only goal for the Flames, who saw their five-game win streak halted. Miikka Kiprusoff allowed three goals on 31 shots in the losing effort. Calgary failed to register at least a point for only the second time in its last 18 games overall (12-2-4).

Following a scoreless opening period, the Coyotes struck three times in the second for a commanding 3-0 lead after 40 minutes of action.

All of the goals in the stanza were scored within a seven-minute span, with the first occurring at the 3:30 mark on Winnik's fourth goal of the season. Niko Kapanen hustled down the right-wing side on a 2-on-1 rush and cut across the slot while eluding Calgary blueliner Dion Phaneuf. From the right side, Kapanen sent a backhand pass for Winnik, who redirected it home from the right post.

"We need to take responsibility when we're on the ice and we didn't do that tonight," said a disgruntled Phaneuf.

Several minutes later, a crisp pass by Nick Boynton led to the second Phoenix goal. Boynton gained control along the high right half-wall, looked up, and sent a perfect cross-ice pass for a successful one-timer by Perrault from beneath the circle on the left side at 6:42.

The three-goal surge was capped by Yandle's second goal of the season, a rocket slap shot that lit the lamp with 10:38 remaining before the second intermission. Shane Doan corralled the puck atop the left circle and slid a soft pass across the slot for Yandle, who released a blazing shot that made its way through traffic and past Kiprusoff.

Bryzgalov was very strong throughout the final period and totaled 13 saves. Finally, with 3:52 remaining in regulation, Tanguay deflected home Robyn Regehr's slap shot from atop the left circle and the power-play goal capped the scoring.

"(Bryzgalov) doesn't panic, he doesn't overreact," Morris said. "He makes the save, and we try to get rid of the rebounds.

Game Notes

Phoenix also captured its sixth straight road win and improved to 14-8-0 on the road this season. The club won just 13 road games during the 2006-07 season...Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky coached his 200th game...The Flames were 1-for-5 on the power play, while Phoenix went 1-for-4 with the extra skater...Attendance was 19,289.

01/09 00:29:26 ET


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