NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Boston|
(Thursday, March 5th)
Final Score: Phoenix 2, Boston 1
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Ilya Bryzgalov was solid between the pipes,
making 25 saves, and Steven Reinprecht's second-period goal proved to be the
difference, as the Phoenix Coyotes edged the slumping Boston Bruins, 2-1, at
TD Banknorth Garden.
Newly acquired Scottie Upshall tallied in his debut for Phoenix, which snapped
a three-game losing streak and won for just the fourth time in its last 16
Chuck Kobasew found the net for the Bruins, who have lost nine of their last
12 contests. Tim Thomas allowed two goals on 18 shots in defeat.
"We had some point-blank opportunities that we didn't even hit the net with
tonight," said Boston head coach Claude Julien.
Kobasew staked the Bruins to a 1-0 lead at 7:09 of the first period, then
Upshall, one of the fresh faces obtained from Philadelphia before Wednesday's
trade deadline, paid immediate dividends to his new club, tying the score on
the power play.
Phoenix left winger Joakim Lindstrom forced a turnover deep in the Boston
zone. Upshall reeled in the loose puck and lifted a backhander that beat
Thomas with 7:59 to play in the opening frame.
"Yeah, a big goal not only for myself but for the team," Upshall said. "I
thought it was a great effort from everybody. A lot of new faces in the
dressing room today that got in late last night and I thought we did a great
job of coming together in a short time."
The visitors took the lead when Reinprecht, uncovered in the low slot,
elevated a feed from newcomer Nigel Dawes past Thomas at the 7:52 mark of the
middle stanza. Dawes was part of the deal that sent defenseman Derek Morris to
the New York Rangers.
Boston hounded Bryzgalov relentlessly over the final 20 minutes, firing 11
shots, and was awarded a power play with 1:38 to go in the game after Phoenix
novice Viktor Tikhonov committed an elbow infraction. The Bruins pulled Thomas
to create a 6-on-4 advantage, but couldn't produce the equalizer.
The Coyotes made their first visit to Beantown since December 11,
2005...Phoenix, which began a season-high five-game road trip, will visit
Buffalo on Friday...Boston closes out its six-game residency Saturday against
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