NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Toronto
(Wednesday, December 16th)
Final Score: Phoenix 6, Toronto 3
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Petr Prucha scored twice to help Phoenix take a 6-3 victory from Toronto at Air Canada Centre.
Vernon Fiddler, Paul Bissonnette and Scottie Upshall scored in the win, while Keith Yandle and Martin Hanzal each recorded three assists for the Coyotes, who had lost two of three since a five-game winning streak.
Radim Vrbata had an empty-net goal and an assist, scoring for the fourth straight contest to up his team-leading goal total to 11. Ilya Bryzgalov checked in with 27 saves as Phoenix moved to 1-1-0 on a four-game road trip.
Phil Kessel, Alexei Ponikarovsky and Jamal Mayers got the goals for the Maple Leafs, who were aiming to win three straight for the first time this season.
Vesa Toskala allowed five goals on 28 shots as Toronto lost for the first time in five games at home. The Leafs had won four of five overall.
"Every five or six games you have a letdown and that's what we did over the first 30 minutes," said Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson.
Prucha had Phoenix out in front from the start, potting a power-play goal for the first period's lone score and getting his second 51 seconds into the middle frame.
Mayers' first of the season put the Maple Leafs on the board a minute later.
The Coyotes took a two-goal lead at 7:10 of the period after Daniel Winnik cranked one on net from the right circle that was blocked off and Fiddler was there to slip it between the legs of Toskala.
It was a 4-1 affair after Yandle flicked a wrister on net from the high slot that was deflected down by Bissonnette on its way past Toskala with 8:21 to go in the second.
"It was nice to get a few goals for (Bryzgalov). He's been shutting teams down, (but) it's good to get him a little breathing room," Yandle said.
Upshall gave Phoenix a four-goal advantage a short time later, deflecting the puck off a Toronto defender's skate just over the goal line. Replay reviews upheld the score after showing Toskala was a split-second late at getting his glove on it.
Kessel got one back for Toronto just before the end of the period, wheeling low in the left circle and beating Bryzgalov five-hole through a screen.
Ponikarovsky unleashed a strong wrister from between the circles that sailed clear of Bryzgalov's glove at 9:05 of the third for a 5-3 game. Bryzgalov held firm from there, though, ending with 13 saves over the final 20 minutes.
The Coyotes have not lost to the Maple Leafs since October 23, 2003, winning all four meetings since...The Maple Leafs are now 6-8-3 as the host this year...Phoenix improved to 8-7-2 as the guest. It had lost five of the last six on the road entering Wednesday...Winnik ended with two assists for Phoenix, while Matt Stajan had two helpers for Toronto...Bryzgalov has allowed three goals in each of his last two games after holding the opposition to two or less in eight starts dating back to November 25.
12/16 23:51:42 ET