Ilya Bryzgalov's 39 Saves Lead Phoenix Coyotes to Win Over Calgary

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Ilya Bryzgalov had 39 saves in the Coyotes 3-1 win over the Flames.
So...Ilya Bryzgalov's nasty.

The Phoenix Coyotes goaltender had 39 saves in the team's 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames last night. We realize Phoenicians don't know much about hockey, but we assure you 39 saves is a lot.

The Howlers are now on a four-game win streak -- two of which came against Calgary -- after getting off to a sluggish start to the season.

"We've started feeling better not because we've won four games in a row, but because we're playing better hockey and that's most important," Bryzgalov told ESPN after the game. "Sometimes you can win four games in a row but be unsatisfied with the type of hockey you're playing, but when you play good hockey overall, you'll be fine."


The Coyotes are playing "good hockey," starting with Bryzgalov and his ability to stand on his head.

The Flames out-shot the Coyotes 16-9 in the first period but Bryzgalov was flawless.

Scoreless in the second period, Bryzgalov robbed a one-timer from Calgary defenseman Jay Bouwmeester to keep the score at goose eggs.

The Coyotes got the scoring started about seven minutes into the second period with an unassisted goal by Wojtek Wolski.

An encouraging powerplay goal from Martin Hanzal followed about five minutes later. For the Coyotes, powerplay goals are always encouraging because, frankly, they've sucked with the man advantage for the majority of the last two seasons. Hanzal's goal was scored on one of seven powerplays, so, while it's encouraging, the Howlers still could use a little work.

Lauri Korpikoski put the final nail in the coffin with an empty netter with eight seconds left in the game.

"We had a pretty bad start to the season, let's be honest, but now we've won four games in a row and it's always a great feeling when you win the games; it makes it fun to play. Right now, things couldn't be better," Hanzal said.

The Howlers hit the ice next on Friday when they head to Edmonton to take on the Oilers. For more info click here.
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Eric
Eric

I agree about the loaction, perhaps Los Arcos. Oh wait... I would gladly buy season tickets but I live in the east valley and won't make that drive on a weeknight after work. That is a huge part of the problem. As it stands, I'll only go to Friday Saturday night games. I don't mind driving to Glendale on a sunday for a cards game but it's unbearable most nights. I think the other reason for the poor attendance has to do with their lame duck status. I can't imagine the borderline hockey fan getting excited about a team that still may end up moving. Hopefully that will be resolved soon and the team will stay here. Until then, they are going to see the same low numbers.

Eric
Eric

You really have to dig at the residents of this town every time you write one of your hockey recaps,don't you. Just because the Coyotes aren't drawing well, doesn't mean this whole town is stupid when it comes to hockey. Yes, we're in a desert but there are a lot of knowledgable fans here. Btw, Byrz isn't talking to ESPN he's talking to the AP reporter and ESPN picks it up off the wire.

James King
James King

I just can't help it, Eric. I'm from the Northeast and grew up playing hockey. So it's outrageous to me that people don't go to games. Maybe if they built the stadium in Phoenix they wouldn't be having this problem.

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