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NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at Phoenix



(Thursday, February 17th)

Final Score: Phoenix 4, Atlanta 3

Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Keith Yandle collected three assists and Ilya Bryzgalov made 33 saves to lift the Phoenix Coyotes to a 4-3 win over the Atlanta Thrashers.

Eric Belanger, Shane Doan, Lauri Korpikoski and Martin Hanzal lit the lamp for the Pacific Division-leading Coyotes, who have won six games in a row.

"It was kind of an ugly game," Doan said. "The last two games haven't been exactly the way we want to play at home, but we found ways to win."

Rich Peverley registered a goal and two assists for Atlanta, which has dropped six of seven. Ondrej Pavelec stopped 28 shots in defeat.

"We're putting the puck towards the net. Sooner or later good things are going to happen and we're going to keep them out of our net," said Atlanta head coach Craig Ramsay.

The Thrashers remain winless in eight all-time trips to Phoenix, with seven losses and a tie.

A short-handed goal by Belanger staked Phoenix to a 1-0 lead 3:41 into the contest. Still on the power play, Chris Thorburn banked the puck off Bryzgalov at 5:03 of the first period.

The Coyotes regained the lead when Doan fired a shot between the pads of Pavelec with 8:23 to play in the opening frame, but Atlanta pulled even on Andrew Ladd's power-play marker at 4:10 of the second period.

Peverley snapped a wrister from the left circle that beat Bryzgalov high on the short side, giving the Thrashers a 3-2 lead a little over five minutes later.

Phoenix, though, got goals from Korpikoski and Hanzal to take a 4-3 lead into the second intermission.

Korpikoski tipped Yandle's shot from the point with 4:16 remaining. The goal stood following a video review to determine if the puck was touched with a high stick. Hanzal lit the lamp inside the final minute off a pass from Ray Whitney.

Bryzgalov turned aside 11 shots in the third period to preserve his 25th win of the season.

Game Notes

The Coyotes are now 12-1-0 with a tie in the 14 all-time meetings since the Thrashers joined the league in 1999...Phoenix has won five straight at home...Atlanta has lost six of its last seven on the road.

02/18 01:23:49 ET


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