Game Day: Phoenix Coyotes @ Philadelphia Flyers
The Coyotes held on after scoring two quick goals in the first period and seeing two quick ones scored on them to edge the Leafs in a shootout on Tuesday, 3-2.
They have now entered into Bryzpalooza.
With all the focus surrounding the former Coyotes' goaltender that famously left the desert in favour of signing a deal that would bring him 10 million dollars this season, their current man between the pipes continues to pick up wins. Mike Smith improved his record to 7-0-2 in his last nine starts and now faces the highest-scoring team in the league.
The Flyers are two points behind the Penguins for the lead in that division as well as the entire Eastern Conference. None of the players except two (Claude Giroux and Chris Pronger) that contributed to their latest 5-3 win over Carolina were even on their roster last season.
The Coyotes still have stops in Buffalo and Washington before returning home to face the Anaheim Ducks at the Jobing.com Arena. There is almost a week between now and then.
Quick Hits: Coyotes
♦ Phoenix captain Shane Doan found his name in the goals' column for the first time in seven games on Tuesday, and was the one to score in overtime to seal the deal between these two teams the last time they played against each other.
♦ Fourth-line contributions did not go unnoticed against Toronto. Kyle Chipchura picked up an assist on Oliver Ekman-Larsson's fourth goal of the season, his second in as many games, and Patrick O'Sullivan gave Phoenix the go-ahead in the shootout.
♦ Radim Vrbata was blanked from the scoresheet, but marked the clincher in said shootout.
Quick Hits: Flyers
♦ Ilya Bryzgalov is 7-4-2 this season and has had moments ranging from "lost in the woods" to the Bryz of better days. He was second star in that Phoenix overtime win on February 22nd, making 37 saves, including 14 in the final frame, against his current team.
♦ The one who forced overtime that night, Claude Giroux, scored twice against Carolina and added an assist on Monday. He leads Philadelphia with 22 points (11-11).
♦ Left-winger Matt Read has two goals in his last two games, including one on a shorthanded penalty shot this past Sunday against Florida.
♦ He is one of four new players in Philly's top-10 scoring. The others are Jaromir Jagr (6-11-17), Jakub Voracek (3-9-12) and Maxime Talbot (6-4-10).