PHILADELPHIA -- Matt Read knocked in a rebound with 18.6 seconds left to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 2-1 win over the Coyotes on Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
Read's sixth goal of the season made a winner out of goalie Ilya Bryzgalov in his first game against the Coyotes. Bryzgalov spent four years with Phoenix and blossomed into one of the NHL's top goalies. Phoenix sent Bryzgalov's negotiating rights to the Flyers in June, and he signed a nine-year, $51 million deal.
James van Riemsdyk scored for the Flyers (11-4-3).
Mikkel Boedker had the lone goal for the Coyotes (9-5-3). Goalie Mike Smith stopped 40 shots in his first regulation loss since Oct. 20.
Flyers forward Jaromir Jagr left with an undisclosed lower body injury. Jagr played only 1 minute, 22 seconds over three shifts before being forced out in the first period.
Bryzgalov said this week he was looking forward to a special game against his former team. He made 30 saves and had the stop of the game when he snagged Ray Whitney's breakaway moments after a Philadelphia turnover (see KEY MOMENT below).
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Bryzgalov earned the win thanks to Philadelphia's late push for the winner. Jakub Voracek and Max Talbot assisted on the deciding goal that came when Read pounded the puck past a surprised Smith.
With Jagr out, van Riemsdyk took his place on a line that included Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell. Van Riemsdyk scored his seventh goal in the second to make it 1-0 at 12:37 of the second period.
Boedker tied it 3:38 into the third period off a rebound into the side of the net.
Even though Smith lost, he kept the Coyotes in the game facing heavy pressure all night. He stopped all 12 shots in the first period and 16 more in the second. It just wasn't enough.
► EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com compiled this recap.