NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Phoenix
(Thursday, October 23rd)
Final Score: Toronto 5, Phoenix 4
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Owen Nolan recorded two goals and an assist as the Toronto Maple Leafs held on to defeat the Phoenix Coyotes, 5-4, at America West Arena.
Nik Antropov, Joe Nieuwendyk and Ken Klee also scored for the Maple Leafs, who have won back-to-back games. Mikael Tellqvist stopped 29-of-33 shots in the victory.
Ladislav Nagy posted two goals and an assist for the Coyotes, who have dropped three consecutive games after starting the season with a three-game win streak.
Jan Hrdina and Daymond Langkow also scored for Phoenix, while Sean Burke turned aside 18 shots.
The Maple Leafs scored three goals in just over a two-minute span in the second period to grab a 4-2 lead.
Antropov's goal made it a 2-2 game at 7:07 of the middle period. The puck rolled into the slot for Antropov, who chipped a backhand over Burke's shoulder.
Nieuwendyk's goal just 1:30 later gave the Leafs a 3-2 edge. The veteran center took a cross-ice pass from Gary Roberts and beat Burke from the left side of the crease.
Toronto added another goal at 9:31 of the period when Klee deflected Nolan's pass between Burke's pads. Nolan then made it a 5-2 contest with 3:04 left in the second when he beat Burke with a weak backhand shot from the top of the right circle.
However, Langkow scored just 15 seconds after Nolan's second goal to make it a a 5-3 game. Langkow sent a shot on net from an odd angle and the puck bounced off Mats Sundin's skate in the crease before heading into the net.
Nagy's second goal of the game made it a one-goal affair at 7:43 of the third period. The power-play tally came when Mike Johnson sent a bouncing pass to Nagy, who was able to wrist a shot past Tellqvist from just outside the crease.
Nolan opened the scoring at 8:52 of the first period when he wristed a shot from the right circle to beat an out-of-position Burke.
Hrdina scored 52 seconds into the second period even the score and Nagy tallied at the 5:31 mark to give Phoenix its only lead of the game.
The Maple Leafs were playing in Phoenix for the first time since March 24, 1998...Toronto has won the last six meetings...Shane Doan and Johnson each had a pair of assists for the Coyotes, while Robert Reichel had two helpers for Toronto...The Coyotes converted 2-of-9 chances on the power play, while the Leafs scored twice on eight opportunities with the man advantage.
10/24 00:57:06 ET