Calgary at Phoenix

Bryzgalov turns away 39 shots, Coyotes zip Flames


GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Ilya Bryzgalov gave the Phoenix Coyotes two more standings points.

The star goalie made 39 saves for his sixth shutout of the season and 22nd overall in the Coyotes' 3-0 victory over the Calgary Flames on Thursday.

Phoenix moved into a tie for fourth place in the Western Conference with Calgary and Chicago, winning for the first time in regulation since beating Nashville 3-2 on Feb. 19.

Bryzgalov was particularly effective in the second period when he stopped 19 shots.

"When you get shot after shot, it really keeps you in the game, and ready," Bryzgalov said. "Plus, guys were blocking shots when they needed, and the defense just played well."

Rookie Brett MacLean scored in the second period, Eric Belanger added a goal in the third, and captain Shane Doan had an empty-netter with 1:56 remaining.

Bryzgalov received a great deal of help from defense. Effective in letting Bryzgalov see the first shot, the defense constantly kept the crease clear and swept away rebounds.

"We have not had many two-goal games recently, so we knew we had to tighten up," defenseman Adrian Aucoin said. "Bryz really stepped up, and the win goes to him."

The Flames lost for only the second time in 12 games.

While shots were limited in the first period, the Flames opened play through the balance of the game. Bryzgalov remained strong, and kept Calgary off the scoreboard for the first time since a 6-0 home loss to Minnesota on Jan. 19.

"I thought we could have played more physical," Flames captain Jarome Iginla said. "Bryzgalov, though, was strong. We saw everything, and was the difference."

The Coyotes struggled on two power-play opportunities in the first period. Given the man advantage on minors to Mark Giordano and Olli Jokinen, Phoenix could not manage a shot on Henrik Karlsson during either chance. Coming into the game, the Coyotes had a 16.4-percent success rate on the power play, tied for 22nd in the NHL.

The Coyotes, though, struck first.

MacLean, crashing the net on the off-wing, converted a pass from Mikkel Boedker into his second of the season just 1:51 into the second period.

In the period, the Flames peppered Bryzgalov, failed to score. Jokinen hit the post, and Bryzgalov made strong saves on Tim Jackman and Alex Tanguay, the latter on a power play in the final seconds of the period.

"We have to move past this one, and get ready for Vancouver [this Saturday]," Flames coach Brent Sutter said. "We did not have enough around the net to get second and third opportunities. Right now, every game is a challenge because so many teams are battling for playoff spots."


  • Referee Dean Morton was struck in the head with puck early in the final period, went to the Phoenix locker room for repairs and returned 2 minutes later.
  • MacLean's other goal came against the Kings on Dec. 29.
  • Belanger's goal have him four points in his last two games.
  • Doan picked up a goal in his second straight game, and now is tied for the team lead (16) with Radim Vrbata, Taylor Pyatt and Martin Hanzal.
  • After scoring in four straight games, Iginla has been stopped in his last two.
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Rookie Brett MacLean scores past Henrik Karlsson after getting a good pass from Mikkel Boedker. (Getty Images)
Rookie Brett MacLean scores past Henrik Karlsson after getting a good pass from Mikkel Boedker. (Getty Images)
Calgary (36-25-9)0000
Phoenix  (35-23-11) «0123
Three Stars
I. Bryzgalov

Saves: 39
Save Pct.: 1.000
M. Boedker

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
E. Belanger

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
01:51 - Brett MacLean (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Boedker, Turris
04:49 - Eric Belanger (11), Wrist Shot. Assist: Morris, Yandle
18:04 - Shane Doan (15), Empty Net, Unassisted.
Penalty Summary
03:56Giordano, 2 min, Hooking
14:10Jokinen, 2 min, Hooking
18:44Ekman-Larsson, 2 min, High-Sticking
19:13Rozsival, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
07:52Schlemko, 2 min, Tripping
Shots On Goal
Henrik Karlsson59:51292
Ilya Bryzgalov60:00390
Game Information
Attendance - 13003
Referees - Kelly Sutherland, Dean Morton
Linesmen - Mike Cvik, Mark Wheler
Other Games
Buf 4 Final
Bos 3
Phi 3 Final
Tor 2
Ott 2 Final
Fla 1
Min 0 Final
Nash 4
Mon 1 Final
StL 4
Van 5 Final
SJ 4