Coyotes come away with sixth straight win

The Phoenix Coyotes can return to Arena this week with an extremely satisfactory Canadian road trip under their belt. Topping Calgary 3-1 in a hard-fought matchup that saw Ilya Bryzgalov face 41 shots, coming back to take the shootout 4-3 after being down 3-0 against Edmonton, and after letting the Vancouver Canucks come back in the game to tie the game at 2 goals apiece in the second period, Dave Tippett's squad swept the Western Canada series for just the first time since they moved to Phoenix. Hint: that's fourteen years ago.

Basically a normal day on the job for Coyotes' goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.

Ex-Canuck Taylor Pyatt sealed this 3-2 victory for Phoenix with his second goal of the game, a redirected Keith Yandle shot that found its way past Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo. Scottie Upshall had opened the scoreboard at 2:22 of the first period with his fifth goal of the season before Pyatt let go of a wrister that found the back of the net less than four minutes later to double his team's lead. It wasn't long before Christian Ehrhoff and Tanner Glass tied the game for Vancouver, but all was settled in the third period.

The Coyotes also welcomed back their captain Shane Doan for this game, he who had been out since the Dallas game on November 5th--interestingly, Phoenix's last loss in regulation--with a lower body injury. He took 15 shifts for a combined ice time of 12:39. Defenseman Sami Lepisto, meanwhile, filled in for an injured Adrian Aucoin. No details have been released on what was reported as a lower body injury.

Tuesday night the red-hot Phoenix squad goes head-to-head with Edmonton for the rematch--or grudgematch, if you will--between the two teams at Arena. The Oilers broke their winless streak this evening at the expense of the Anaheim Ducks by a score of 4-2, and Devan Dubnyk was a wall between the pipes, having faced 40 shots for the win.


George Prax's picture

The Coyotes seem to be the real deal again after a somewhat slow start. Should be interesting to see how they fair heading into the Holidays, but a huge successful road trip is certainly something to get excited about.