By Dave Vest
GLENDALE – Captain Shane Doan notched three assists, and four of his teammates scored one goal each to lead the Coyotes to a convincing 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night at Jobing.com Arena.
The triumph was Phoenix’s third in a row, and its second straight at home.
“I thought we played a solid game right through and we created some good chances,” Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "...We got an early lead, we expanded that lead and it makes it awful hard on a team that played the night before (in Dallas).”
Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 22 of 23 shots to earn his fifth victory of the young season and drop his goals-against average to 1.14.
Four of the game’s five goals were scored in the middle period.
Leading 1-0 after 20 minutes, the Coyotes (5-2-0) came out strong in the second period and put five shots on Bruins goalie Tim Thomas in the first five minutes. Phoenix's sixth shot of the period came from defenseman Adrian Aucoin from the left circle and it beat Thomas at 6:33.
Coyotes captain Shane Doan positions himself in front of Bruins goalie Tim Thomas. (Getty Images)
Playing 4-on-4, Boston's Marco Sturm skated in on Bryzgalov on a breakaway. Sturm tried to put the puck between Bryzgalov's pads, but Bryzgalov did not allow it. Fifteen seconds later, however, Mark Stuart pulled Boston (3-4-0) to within 2-1 by beating Bryzgalov with a slap shot from the left point at 9:55.
Bruins forward Mark Recchi was called for hooking at 13:16. The Coyotes kept the puck in the Boston zone for most of the power play, and defenseman Keith Yandle banged a shot off the right post and into the net with seven ticks left in the man advantage.
The Coyotes upped their lead to three goals 44 seconds later when Scottie Upshall rifled a shot from the top of the left circle over Thomas' left shoulder, off the crossbar and down into the net at 15:54.
“You've got to give this (Phoenix) team credit, they’re playing extremely well, and we just didn’t have enough fight in us tonight to counter that," Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said.
Boston's Marc Savard was called for slashing at 4:25 of the first period. Fifteen seconds into the power play, Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski one-timed a behind-the-net pass from Shane Doan between Tim Thomas' legs to give the Coyotes a 1-0 lead they never relinquished.
• Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle had a goal and an assist in his second game against Boston. Yandle is from the Boston area. "It's always fun to beat the team you grew up watching," he said.
• Coyotes captain Shane Doan played Saturday despite battling flu-like symptoms all day.
• The Coyotes won 32 o 57 faceoffs. Center Vernon Fiddler led the way by taking 10 of 14 draws.
• Former Coyotes defenseman/alternate captain Derek Morris played 22:28 for the Bruins in his first appearance at Jobing.com Arena since being traded to the New York Rangers last season.