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Phoenix at St. Louis

Bryzgalov perfect again for Coyotes to earn league-best third shutout

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- Ilya Bryzgalov and the resurgent Phoenix Coyotes pushed aside the St. Louis Blues for their sixth victory in eight games.

Bryzgalov made 32 saves for his NHL-leading third shutout of the season, and Daniel Winnik and Taylor Pyatt scored in Phoenix's 2-0 victory Thursday.

At 8-4-0, the Coyotes are off to their best 12-game start since going 9-1-2 in 2000-01. Bryzgalov improved to 7-3-0.

Bryzgalov stopped 11 shots in the third period and made four big late saves after the Blues pulled goalie Ty Conklin for an extra attacker.

"They came out with everything they had near the end, you've got to expect that," Bryzgalov said. "Fortunately, we were able to get the job done and hold on."

Bryzgalov also shut out Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh 3-0 on Oct. 7 and blanked San Jose 1-0 in a shootout win Oct. 12. He established a career shutout string of 137:46 from October 10-15. Bryzgalov has 11 career shutouts -- nine with Phoenix.

"He's phenomenal. He comes up big all the time," Winnik said.

Winnik opened the scoring in the second period, slipping a wrist shot past Conklin's stick side. It was Winnik's second goal of the season and his first since the Coyotes' season-opening win at Los Angeles on Oct.3.

"Just trying to put it on net and make something happen," Winnik said.

Pyatt scored his first of the season early in the third period.

Vernon Fiddler assisted on both goals.

The Coyotes have outscored their opposition 22-16 during the 6-2 run, which came after a 2-2 start to the season.

"It was a hard fought game," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said. "That's what I think the identity of our team is -- we're going to score by committee and get good goaltending that gives us a chance to win.

St. Louis (5-5-1) lost for the third time in five games. The Blues have not scored on their last 20 power-play chances and wasted a 25-second 5-on-3 advantage in the first period.

"There were certainly scoring chances there that we should have buried," St. Louis coach Andy Murray said. "We didn't get the job done."

Bryzgalov's biggest save came in the closing seconds of the second period when he slid across the crease to stop a Jay McClement's close-range shot.

"A lot of saves, he was excellent," St. Louis defenseman Eric Brewer said. "We just couldn't get nothing by him."

The Blues fell to 1-4 at Scottrade Center after going 23-13-5 at home last season.

Notes

  • St. Louis hasn't won consecutive games since sweeping Detroit in Sweden in its first two games.
  • Brewer, making his first appearance for St. Louis since suffering a back injury in December, played 17:51 and blocked a shot in the first period. He missed the previous 64 games.
  • The Coyotes have allowed a Western Conference-low 23 goals.
  • St. Louis winger B.J. Crombeen appeared in his 100th NHL game.
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Ilya Bryzgalov denies David Backes from just outside the crease for one of his 32 saves. (Getty Images)
Ilya Bryzgalov denies David Backes from just outside the crease for one of his 32 saves. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Phoenix  (8-4-0) «0112
St. Louis (5-5-1)0000
Three Stars
I. Bryzgalov
PHO


Saves: 32
Save Pct.: 1.000
D. Winnik
PHO


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
T. Pyatt
PHO


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
None
2ND PERIOD
02:48Daniel Winnik (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Lepisto, Fiddler
3RD PERIOD
02:54Taylor Pyatt (1), Backhand Shot. Assist: Fiddler, Aucoin
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
03:22Pyatt, 2 min, Tripping
11:28Mueller, 2 min, Hooking
13:03Pyatt, 2 min, Hooking
19:59Polak, 2 min, Hooking
2ND PERIOD
None
3RD PERIOD
04:18Pietrangelo, 2 min, Tripping
Shots On Goal
 123T
Phoenix1113529
St. Louis9121132
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Ilya Bryzgalov60:00320
Ty Conklin56:21272
Game Information
Attendance - 18087
Referees - Dan O'Halloran, Ian Walsh
Linesmen - Scott Driscoll, Brad Lazarowich
 
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