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At least the Coyotes don’t suck this season.
A day after an impressive win in Dallas against the Stars, the Bruins laid one big fat egg in Phoenix Saturday night, falling to the Coyotes 4-1. Phoenix got one goal in the first and three in the second to improve their impressive record to 5-2-0. The frustratingly inconsistent B’s are now 3-4-0.
Despite all the offseason turmoil with the pending sale of the team, the lack of any true fanbase, and the departure of “coach” Wayne Gretzky, the Coyotes have found ways to to win in the early part of the season. They can primarily thank one man: Ilya Bryzgalov.
Bryzgalov is having a stellar season between the pipes, with a 4-1 record and a 1.17 GAA entering the game. He finished Saturday’s affair with 22 saves on 23 chances, with his only miscue a Mark Stuart goal halfway through the second period.
Ed Jovanovski scored his third goal of the year early in the first period for the Coyotes. Adrian Aucoin and Keith Yandle both scored their first goals of the year, netting them in the second period. Scottie Upshall knocked in his third of the year to cap the scoring. Shane Doan assisted on three of the four goals.
Tim Thomas finished with 32 saves in 36 chances.
The B’s next play Wednesday against the Predators.