Coyotes
Blues
2 - 1 Final
  for this game

Coyotes ride Bryzgalov, power play to win over Blues

Feb 29, 2008 - 5:55 AM
By Tom James PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

ST. LOUIS (Ticker) - Ilya Bryzgalov made 41 saves and the Phoenix Coyotes scored two power-play goals late in the first period to post a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.

The Coyotes (33-27-5, 71 points), who have won in their last five visits here, converted both ends of a two-man advantage late in the opening period to take the lead en route to moving within one point of idle Colorado and Nashville for eighth in the Western Conference.

All-Star defenseman Ed Jovanovski blasted a slap shot from outside the right faceoff circle to the high far corner for his 11th of the season at 17:21.

Niko Kapanen then recorded his ninth goal just 44 seconds later when he deflected Keith Yandle's left-point drive through the pads of All-Star goaltender Manny Legace.

"I don't see him having that much trouble with any amount of traffic. It was a big break for us," Kapanen said. "How many times does a team get a power play like that and do nothing? That was great."

"It was huge in the end of the period," Bryzgalov said. "It turned the game the other way. You play in a different gear when you've got the lead."

Ryan Johnson scored his fourth goal of the season to put the Blues on top, 1-0, with 4:47 left in the first period. The Blues' center finished a 2-on-1 rush with Jay McClement with a flip over the right shoulder of Bryzgalov.

"It's nice to get one, and I've had a few lately, but we would really like to have a few more," Johnson said.

Phoenix outscored St. Louis, 9-4, in winning all four games between the clubs this season. The Coyotes have won nine of the past 10 overall between the teams.

"We've been a little bit lucky, a little bit fortunate," Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky said of the club's success against the Blues. "Kapanen made a nice tip - we've been working on getting pucks to the net."

The struggling Blues are 0-4-1 in their last five games, during which they have put 155 shots on goal, including a season-high 42 Thursday, but have scored just four times. St. Louis (28-26-10, 66 points) remains six points behind the Avalanche and Predators.

"It doesn't mean anything to get shots on goal. You have to score," Blues coach Andy Murray said. "We have to score, and we have to win, now. We're running out of time."








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PHOENIX 2 0 0 2
    ST LOUIS 1 0 0 1 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: STL - ERIK JOHNSON 4 (JAY MCCLEMENT, JAMAL MAYERS) 15:13
    PHO - (PP) ED JOVANOVSKI 11 (PETER MUELLER, RADIM VRBATA)
    17:21
    PHO - (PP) NIKO KAPANEN 9 (KEITH YANDLE, DEREK MORRIS) 18:05
    2ND PRD: NONE
    3RD PRD: NONE
    POWER-

    Feb 28 11:01 PM
  • 25
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 20 roots (Close Finish)

    Coyotes 2, Blues 1  3rd - 0:13Feb 28 10:59 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PHOENIX 2 0 2
    ST LOUIS 1 0 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: STL - ERIK JOHNSON 4 (JAY MCCLEMENT, JAMAL MAYERS) 15:13
    PHO - (PP) ED JOVANOVSKI 11 (PETER MUELLER, RADIM VRBATA)
    17:21
    PHO - (PP) NIKO KAPANEN 9 (KEITH YANDLE, DEREK MORRIS) 18:05
    2ND PRD: NONE
    SHOTS O

    Feb 28 10:10 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PHOENIX 2 2
    ST LOUIS 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: STL - ERIK JOHNSON 4 (JAY MCCLEMENT, JAMAL MAYERS) 15:13
    PHO - (PP) ED JOVANOVSKI 11 (PETER MUELLER, RADIM VRBATA)
    17:21
    PHO - (PP) NIKO KAPANEN 9 (KEITH YANDLE, DEREK MORRIS) 18:05
    SHOTS ON GOAL:

    Feb 28 9:16 PM


  • NHL
    PHOENIX 2
    ST LOUIS 1
    1ST PRD: PHO - (PP) NIKO KAPANEN 9 (KEITH YANDLE, DEREK MORRIS) 18:05

    Coyotes 2, Blues 1  1st - 1:55Feb 28 9:13 PM


  • NHL
    PHOENIX 1
    ST LOUIS 1
    1ST PRD: PHO - (PP) ED JOVANOVSKI 11 (PETER MUELLER, RADIM VRBATA)
    17:21 (TWO-MAN ADVANTAGE)

    Coyotes 1, Blues 1  1st - 2:39Feb 28 9:11 PM


  • NHL
    PHOENIX 0
    ST LOUIS 1
    1ST PRD: STL - ERIK JOHNSON 4 (JAY MCCLEMENT, JAMAL MAYERS) 15:13

    Coyotes 0, Blues 1  1st - 4:47Feb 28 9:05 PM
  • 5
    roots
    Sensfan4eva Added 5 roots

    Coyotes vs. BluesFeb 22 4:21 PM