Bryzgalov, Coyotes blank Blue Jackets

GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) — Ilya Bryzgalov made 33 saves to
record his first shutout of the season as the Phoenix Coyotes
defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, 2-0, on Saturday.

Steven Reinprecht and rookie Mikkel Boedker scored for the
Coyotes, who have posted a 4-0-2 record over their last six

Phoenix swept the season series with the Blue Jackets, winning
all four meetings in regulation.

“It is tough because those are points that we need,” Columbus’
leading scorer Rick Nash said. “This is a team that we are
going to be in fight for a playoff spot, so losing four straight
to them is unacceptable.”

Bryzgalov turned aside 10 shots in the first period, 11 more in
the second and 12 in the third to complete his sixth career

“Shutouts are like a dessert, but the most important thing is to
win. It doesn’t matter if you win 6-0 or 6-5, it’s a huge two
points for us,” Bryzgalov said. “The important thing is I
helped my team out. They have trust in me and we have pretty
good chemistry.”

After a scoreless opening session, Reinprecht opened the scoring
midway through the second with his eighth goal of the season.

Reinprecht stuffed captain Shane Doan’s rebound past rookie
goaltender Steve Mason with 9:37 left in the period to provide
all the offense that Bryzgalov would need.

Boedker doubled the advantage at 6:52 of the final session with
a great individual effort, capitalizing on a turnover in
Columbus’ zone. The 19-year-old picked up the puck in the left
faceoff circle, skated around a defender and beat Mason with

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It was Boedker’s seventh goal of the season.

“I shouldn’t even have been on the ice. Lisin was getting his
skate fixed, so I took a chance and jumped on the ice,” Boedker

“I was really lucky because the puck bounced right to me. The
D-man stood up and I tried to keep it away from him. I think
the goalie thought I was going to pass it, so I was lucky to
have a little hole.”

With the win, Phoenix moved in sole passion of seventh place in
the Western Conference.

“You can’t win a playoff spot in December, but you can
definitely lose a playoff spot in December,” Coyotes coach Wayne
Gretzky said. “We are right in the middle of a battle, four or
five points behind three or four teams, yet we are only three
points ahead of five or six teams. We like where we are, we are
playing well but we know we have long way to go.”

Mason stopped 22 shots for the Blue Jackets, who have lost six
of their last nine contests.

“We’re professionals and we have to be better for 60 minutes,”
Columbus defenseman Kris Russell said. “We have to get off to a
good start. We’ve got to get pucks to the net and we’ve got to
get more shots on net. When one guy goes down, everyone has to
step up and keep going hard.”