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 over Toronto.
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