NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Phoenix|
(Saturday, November 24th)
Final Score: Phoenix 5, Toronto 1
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Ilya Bryzgalov continued his good play since
being acquired by Phoenix as he made 25 saves to help the Coyotes to a 5-1 win
Since being claimed off of waivers from Anaheim by Phoenix, Bryzgalov has
started four games and has won all four of those starts. He has given up
just five goals on 108 shots in that span.
Radim Vrbata and Daniel Winnik each had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes,
who have won four straight after a three-game losing streak.
Kyle Wellwood scored the lone goal for the Maple Leafs, who have dropped three
straight and six of seven.
Andrew Raycroft started in net, but was pulled after allowing two goals on
seven shots. Vesa Toskala finished the game between the pipes and allowed
three goals on 30 shots.
Phoenix took control of the game quickly as the team scored three goals in the
first 8:42 of the contest.
The first goal came at the 4:16 mark as Vrbata blasted a slap shot from the
right circle that Raycroft stopped, but the rebound went to the right side
and Winnik tapped it in.
The Coyotes took a 2-0 lead as Zbynek Michalek's slap shot from the right
point was saved, but Peter Mueller knocked in the rebound at the 8:24 mark and
chased Raycroft from the net.
Toskala took over between the pipes, but the Coyotes wasted no time in making
it a 3-0 game as Steven Reinprecht's wrist shot from the low left side went
into the right corner of the net just 18 seconds after the second goal.
Toronto got a goal back as Jason Blake's centering pass from behind the right
side of the net was one-timed between the pads of Bryzgalov by Wellwood with
3:16 left in the first.
However, the Coyotes took a 4-1 lead into the first intermission as Derek
Morris' shot from the right point hit off of a Toronto player's skate and into
the net with just 1:57 left in the frame.
Phoenix kept up the pressure in the second period as Vrbata knocked in a
rebound from the left side just 2:05 into the frame for a 5-1 lead.
That was it for the scoring in the contest as neither side was able to get on
the board in the third period.
Phoenix hits the road for four games starting in Minnesota on
Wednesday...Toronto hosts the Canadiens on Tuesday...Phoenix has won two
straight after a six-game losing streak against Toronto...The goal was Morris'
300th career point...Neither team scored on the power play, with Toronto
having six chances and Phoenix three.
11/24 21:56:58 ET