Anthony Perez | Dave Vest GLENDALE – Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov made 23 saves as the Coyotes blanked the Edmonton Oilers, 5-0, Tuesday night at Jobing.com Arena to extend their winning streak to seven games. Phoenix has now tied the St. Louis Blues for the longest winning streak in the NHL this season. The franchise record for consecutive wins is nine games, set last season from March 4 through March 21.
The Coyotes (11-5-5) wasted little time taking control of the game as Martin Hanzal scored a goal before a minute had ticked off the clock (see KEY MOMENT below).
"We jumped on them early, took the lead early and that’s huge," Hanzal said. "When you have a chance to score early in the game it's easier to play the game. I felt we had a really good first period, finished strong and it was a huge two points for us.”
Phoenix extended its lead to 2-0 at the 2:00 mark of the second period when Wojtek Wolski picked up his fourth goal of the season. Late in the second period, the Oilers turned the puck over in their own end while trying to kill a penalty, the Coyotes picked up the loose puck and Lee Stempniak notched his sixth goal of the season on the power play to give the Coyotes a 3-0 lead.
The Coyotes continued to build on their lead in the third period. Hanzal notched his second goal of the night with a hard slap shot at the 13:45 mark, and Stempniak padded the cushion when he picked up his second goal of the night with just 51 second left in the game.
With the win, Phoenix moved into first place in the Pacific Division with 27 points and moved into second place in the Western Conference standings, one behind Detroit.
Bryzgalov earned his 10th win of the season, while Dubnyk stopped 29 of the 34 shots he faced in the losing effort for Edmonton (5-11-4).
"It’s a joke," Oilers Head Coach Tom Renney said. "I mean, the battle level was nonexistent tonight. The pride in the jersey was not close to where it needed to be. It was an absolute joke. A travesty.”
Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett promised the players that if they played well and beat the Oilers on Tuesday night there would be no practice on Wednesday, giving them two days off in a row for Thanksgiving.
With that in mind, center Martin Hanzal set the tone for a good night by wristing a shot past Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk just 48 seconds into the first period, and the Coyotes never looked back.
• The Coyotes on Tuesday placed center Kyle Turris on the injured reserve list retroactive to Nov. 19, the day he suffered an upper-body injury vs. Edmonton when he was boarded and then struck across the face with a stick on back-to-back shifts.
• Phoenix is 5-0-0 vs. Northwest Division teams this season.
• The Coyotes on Tuesday recalled defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson from the American Hockey League and inserted him into the lineup. The rookie logged 19:03 of ice time and assisted on Wojtek Wolski's goal in the second period for his fourth NHL point.
• The Coyotes scratched Adrian Aucoin (lower-body injury), Ed Jovanovski (illness) and Petr Prucha. Aucoin and Jovanovski are considered day-to-day.
• Phoenix's next game is on Saturday vs. the Anaheim Ducks at Jobing.com Arena. The puck drops at 6 p.m. (Arizona time). The game can be heard on XTRA Sports 910 (AM).
"Tonight we did everything right and we deserved a shutout. We played very well defensively. We didn’t give up many scoring chances and we played strong in the defensive zone."
"We're only just past the 20-game mark. I'll get excited when I feel we're good enough to do something. Give all the credit in the world to these guys for how hard they're working, but it's early."
"It was not a good game for us at all. 5-0 says a lot. The way we played today was not acceptable."