GLENDALE, Ariz. – Ilya Bryzgalov brushed off his latest milestone in typical fashion.
Bryzgalov made 32 saves for his seventh shutout of the season and franchise-record 34th win of the season and the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-0 on Saturday night.
“It’s nice but I’m not chasing any records here,” Bryzgalov said. “I came to help my teammates win games and my teammates help me win games because we are in the same boat.”
Bryzgalov faced just three shots in the first period, but was kept busy by the Ducks over the final two en route to his 15th career shutout and second against Anaheim this season.
“It started with Bryz in goal,” Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. “They’re a big heavy team that throws a lot of pucks at the net.”
Wojtek Wolski scored his second goal in two games with Phoenix and added an assist, and Petr Prucha, Vernon Fiddler and Keith Yandle also scored to help the Coyotes win their second straight after a three-game losing streak.
Phoenix remained in fourth place in the Western Conference.
“We’re trying to make the playoffs and every game we win we are closer to finishing this mission,” Bryzgalov said.
The Ducks lost for the second time in three games.
“The failure to execute when we had scoring chances was the disturbing part for us,” said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle, whose team was 0 for 7 on the power play. “It seems like right now we’re not getting anywhere near the performance level that’s required. I think everybody can do more.”
Wolski, acquired from Colorado on Wednesday before the trade deadline, carried the puck to the bottom of the right circle after Matthew Lombardi won the faceoff, spun clockwise and swept the shot past Jonas Hiller to give the Coyotes a 2-0 lead 52 seconds into the second period.
Prucha had snapped a 1-1 tie 96 seconds earlier, firing a rebound past Hiller from the top of the crease for a power-play goal.
“I thought we’d done a pretty good job on the penalty kill and then we make a mistake and it’s in the back of our net,” Carlyle said.
Wolski picked up his third point with the Coyotes at 10:39 of the second period, staying on the ice for an extended shift and dancing around the Anaheim defence before finding Fiddler to the left of the net with a backhand pass. Fiddler forced a shot under Hiller’s left pad for his first goal since Jan. 16 and a 3-0 lead.
Yandle made it 4-0 with 3:47 remaining following a video review. On-ice officials originally ruled Yandle’s shot from the right point hit the crossbar, but the unassisted goal was granted after review at a stoppage 31 seconds later.
NOTES: Yandle’s goal was the NHL-leading 37th by a Coyotes defencemen. Anaheim has been held scoreless over its last 369:51 at Jobing.com Arena. … Phoenix defenceman Zbynek Michalek played in his 400th career game. … Prucha has 12 goals – one fewer than he scored the past two seasons combined.