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Coyotes 5, Maple Leafs 1

Thursday, 01.13.2011 / 9:53 PM
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Coyotes 5, Maple Leafs 1
Toronto Maple Leafs 1, Phoenix Coyotes 5

By Dave Vest | Anthony Perez
GLENDALE -- Thanks to a four-goal explosion in the third period, the Coyotes opened a four-game homestand by defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-1, Thursday night at Jobing.com Arena.

The victory was the 1,000th victory in the history of the Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets franchise, which began play in the NHL in 1979-80 season.

The Coyotes (22-13-9), who have won three straight games and rank fourth in the Western Conference standings, started the scoring at the 2:05 mark of the first period when Radim Vrbata's wrist shot beat Toronto goaltender James Reimer during a power play. It was Phoenix's first power-play goal since Dec. 29.

There was no scoring in the second period, but the game took a dramatic turn in the final minute after Maple Leafs forward Mike Brown delivered a hit to the head of Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski. No penalty was called on the play. Jovanovski stayed down on the ice for a few moments after the hit and did not play again. After the game, the team reported that he had suffered a lower-body injury and that he would be re-evaluated on Friday.

The physical play continued after the hit, and three roughing penalties were called in the period's final 47 seconds.

"We need a guy like Jovo on the ice, and for a guy to take a run at him like that was just uncalled for," said Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle, who capped the four-goal third period by scoring an empty-netter with 41 seconds left. "He's taking out one of our best players and he's a guy who's in and out of the lineup."

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The Coyotes seized control of the game early in the third period. Shane Doan started the scoring spree by notching his 11th goal of the season on a power play at 1:39 to give the home team a 2-0 cushion.

A pair of nice plays helped open the game up even more for the Coyotes. At the 4:52 mark of the third, Yandle fed a pass to Taylor Pyatt in the slot, and he fired it past Reimer for his 11th goal of the season. Just under five minutes later, Coyotes winger Lauri Korpikoski lifted a wrist shot into the net for his 11th goal of the season.

Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov's bid for a third shutout of the season was spoiled at the 16:08 mark of the third period when Colby Armstrong scored for Toronto (18-21-4), whose four-game winning streak ended.

Bryzgalov stopped 28 of the 29 shots he faced to pick up his 16th win of the season, while Reimer stopped 16 of the 20 shots he faced in the losing effort.
 

Trailing 1-0 late in the second period, Toronto's Mike Brown delivered a hit to the head of Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski while both players were pursuing the puck into a corner.

The hit left Jovanovski stunned on the ice for several moments, but he eventually got up and skated off the ice.

No penalty was called on the play, but the Coyotes clearly didn't like the hit and responded with four unanswered goals.

 

• The Coyotes haven't lost a game in regulation in 2011, going 5-0-2 in seven games and collecting 12 of 14 points

• Defenseman Michal Rozsival, whom the Coyotes acquired from the New York Rangers on Monday in a trade for forward Wojtek Wolski, did not arrive in Phoenix in time for Thursday's morning skate, but he did skate alone later in the day. He likely won't make his Coyotes debut until early next week because of a minor upper-body injury.

• Center Kyle Turris played in his 100th NHL game and marked the occasion by notching an assist and winning six of nine faceoffs.

• The Coyotes scratched Michal Rozsival and David Schlemko.

• The Coyotes' next game is Saturday vs. Anaheim at Jobing.com Arena. The puck drops at 6 p.m. (Arizona time). The game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona and can be heard on KFNN-AM (1510).
 
"We made some good plays, but it took us a while to get our heads in the game... We weren’t mentally sharp enough to be in the game. Fortunately we made a couple of good plays and we’ll take the points." "We were not playing with a lot of emotion. Obviously when you see (the hit on Jovo) on the video (screen), it looks pretty bad. The refs said they didn’t see it, but it gave us some emotion for sure." "It's the game of hockey and I play that style of game. I'd never try to hurt anyone. If he hadn't reached for the puck his head wouldn't have gone down. The refs made a good call. Obviously, they didn't call it for a reason. It wasn't a bad hit."
Tippett Doan Brown
 
Bryzgalov
Korpikoski Yandle
 
  • N/A
  • Jan. 13, 2011: PHX 5, TOR 1
scoring summary
1st Period
02:05
PHX
PPG - Radim Vrbata (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Ray Whitney (21), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (8)
1 - 0 PHX
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
01:39
PHX
PPG - Shane Doan (11) Slapshot - ASST: Keith Yandle (26), Ray Whitney (22)
2 - 0 PHX
04:52
PHX
Taylor Pyatt (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Keith Yandle (27), Lauri Korpikoski (11)
3 - 0 PHX
09:43
PHX
Lauri Korpikoski (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Mikkel Boedker (2), Kyle Turris (7)
4 - 0 PHX
16:08
TOR
Colby Armstrong (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Brown (2), Darryl Boyce (3)
4 - 1 PHX
19:19
PHX
EN - Keith Yandle (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Scottie Upshall (10)
5 - 1 PHX
penalty summary
1st Period
00:49
PHX
Keith Yandle  Hooking against  Colby Armstrong
00:49
TOR
Nikolai Kulemin  Hi-sticking against  Keith Yandle
01:52
TOR
Dion Phaneuf  Hooking against  Sami Lepisto
04:07
PHX
Ray Whitney  Hooking against  Joey Crabb
11:44
PHX
Radim Vrbata  Hi-sticking against  Mike Komisarek
18:48
PHX
Shane Doan  Delaying Game-Puck over glass against  Nikolai Kulemin
2nd Period
00:36
TOR
Mikhail Grabovski  Holding against  Martin Hanzal
19:33
PHX
Derek Morris  Holding against  Nikolai Kulemin
19:53
TOR
Clarke MacArthur  Roughing against  Lauri Korpikoski
19:53
TOR
Clarke MacArthur  Holding the stick against  Lauri Korpikoski
19:53
PHX
Vernon Fiddler  Roughing against  Mikhail Grabovski
19:53
TOR
Mikhail Grabovski  Roughing against  Vernon Fiddler
3rd Period
05:33
TOR
Francois Beauchemin  Roughing against  Eric Belanger
05:33
PHX
Eric Belanger  Hi-sticking against  Francois Beauchemin
05:33
PHX
Eric Belanger  Roughing against  Francois Beauchemin
13:07
TOR
Darryl Boyce  Interference against  Adrian Aucoin
goalie stats
James Reimer
James Reimer
4-2-0
SA: 20TOI: 58:10
Saves: 16EV: 12 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 6
SV%: .800SH: 0 - 0
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 29TOI: 59:43
Saves: 28EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .966SH: 3 - 3
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