GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) — The Phoenix Coyotes finally were
rewarded with two points after playing beyond regulation.
Rookie Kyle Turris scored the decisive goal in the fifth round
of the shootout and Ilya Bryzgalov turned aside 38 shots as the
Coyotes claimed their first win after more than 60 minutes of
play this season with a 1-0 triumph over the Dallas Stars on
Saturday in a battle of Pacific Division rivals.
Peter Mueller and Steven Reinprecht also were successful in the
bonus format for Phoenix, which improved to 15-6-2 at Jobing.com
Arena this campaign.
Bryzgalov made nine saves in the first period, 11 in the second,
13 in the third and five in overtime for his second shutout of
the season and seventh career.
“I thought that Bryzgalov was no question our best player
tonight,” Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky said. “When your
goaltender is the best player, it makes life a lot easier for
“It’s the NHL. Nothing’s easy here, but we did an extremely
good job in front of the net, limit as much as possible the
opportunities and let me to see the puck more clearly,”
Bryzgalov said. “I just react with the play and follow the
Marty Turco finished with 28 saves for Dallas, which ended its
four-game road trip with a 1-2-1 mark.
Turco turned aside six shots in the first period, 12 in the
second, eight in the third and two in overtime for his first
blanking of the season and 34th career.
“When you get a shutout, you think that you should get the win.
We didn’t,” Dallas coach Dave Tippett said. “We’re in the
winning business. We’re not in the just-about business.”
“It certainly felt like we deserved better,” Turco added.
The Coyotes lost all five of their previous games which extended
beyond regulation – and both of their shootouts as well.
In the fifth round of the bonus format, Turris skated wide right
before issuing a deke and backhanding the puck past Turco to
seal the win.
“I’ve practiced it,” Turris said of his approach. “I just kind
of thought about it when the other guys were shooting and
thought I’d try it out.”
“From a pure hockey point of view, it’s just a hard pill to
swallow to lose a game on contests, so to speak,” Gretzky said.
“It is what it is. Everybody has to deal with it. Probably the
people who don’t enjoy it the most are the coaches.”
Mueller scored in the second round by wristing the puck just
inside the left goalpost, but Mike Ribeiro leveled the shootout
in the third round.
Rookie James Neal improved to 2-for-2 in the bonus format by
wristing a shot past Bryzgalov in the fourth round, but
Reinprecht evened the contest by unleashing a backhander that
beat Turco and remained lodged in the netting.
Turco kept the game scoreless with 3:14 remaining in the third
period with a succession of saves. The veteran netminder made
the initial stop on rookie Mikkel Boedker’s shot from the slot
and then made a glove save while laying on the ice to deny
Turris from the doorstep.
“It (stinks) to get to overtime with these guys when you had a
chance to win in regulation,” Turco said.
“We played better as a team,” Dallas’ Brad Richards said.
“Early in the game, we had chances. We’d like to have a few
opportunities back, but I’m sure they would, too. We just
didn’t find the play to put the puck in the net.”