Coyotes 3, Flames 1

Ilya Bryzgalov is not impressed with the Phoenix Coyotes’

four-game winning streak. What has him excited is how his team won

those games.

Bryzgalov made 39 saves and Martin Hanzal had a goal and assist

as Phoenix kicked off a three-game road trip through Western Canada

with a 3-1 victory over the reeling Calgary Flames on Wednesday

night.

”We’ve started feeling better not because we’ve won four games

in a row, but because we’re playing better hockey and that’s most

important,” Bryzgalov said. ”Sometimes you can win four games in

a row but be unsatisfied with the type of hockey you’re playing but

when you play good hockey overall, you’ll be fine.”

The Flames outshot Phoenix 16-9 in the first period, but could

not solve the 30-year-old Russian, who made several big saves.

Bryzgalov slid across the crease to thwart Rene Bourque after he

was set up by Jarome Iginla. Later he stopped Tim Jackman as he cut

to the net, then sprawled to thwart Brendan Morrison on the

rebound.

Still scoreless in the second, Bryzgalov again showed off his

acrobatic style robbing defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, who had raced

in and one-timed Matt Stajan’s centering pass.

”Bryzy was outstanding in the first period,” Hanzal said.

”He’s our best player so if he plays well, we have a better chance

of winning, it’s pretty simple.”

Phoenix took the lead at 7:13 when Wojtek Wolski chased a loose

puck into the corner and wired a shot over the shoulder of Miikka

Kiprusoff from a near-impossible angle.

”He came in one-on-one and tried to shoot a few times and I

tried to follow him,” Kiprusoff said. ”But yeah, I was late

there, I was moving sideways and wasn’t quick enough to close the

post. As a goalie, you have to stop those.”

It was the second goal of the year for Wolski, who scored a

career-high 23 last season.

Phoenix doubled its lead at 12:33, scoring eight seconds into

its fourth power play of the night.

Hanzal redirected Radim Vrbata’s shot into a crowd in front and

the puck slid in off the leg of sprawled Flames forward Alex

Tanguay.

”Unfortunately, you look back on this year, we haven’t been as

resilient as we should be,” Iginla said. ”You take a game like

tonight, we were really going good early and you’re not always

going to get that first goal. We didn’t get it tonight and we

sagged a bit.

”In three minutes, you can get two or three goals, we have to

just stay with it and keep that focus and that intensity and work

ethic up, regardless of what happens.”

Calgary drew to within one on Bourque’s goal at 16:08 of the

third setting up a dramatic finish, but the Flames could not pull

even despite pouring on the late pressure.

”We certainly had the mindset going into the third that we need

to make a big push,” said Flames coach Brent Sutter. ”But, we

never generated as much offense as we needed to until the final

five or six minutes.”

In the final two minutes, Tanguay put a shot off the post.

”It’s a good mood in the locker room right now,” Bryzgalov

said.

Calgary (7-10-0) has lost seven of eight and has dropped four

straight at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Five of the seven losses

have been by one goal.

The Flames are ahead of only the Edmonton Oilers in the Western

Conference.

Lauri Korpikoski rounded out the scoring for Phoenix (8-5-5)

with an empty-net goal.

”We had a pretty bad start to the season, let’s be honest, but

now we’ve won four games in a row and it’s always a great feeling

when you win the games, it makes it fun to play. Right now, things

couldn’t be better,” Hanzal said.

Prior to the game, Calgary announced a four-player trade with

Carolina that sent defenseman Ian White and rookie forward Brett

Sutter, son of general manager Darryl Sutter, to the Hurricanes in

exchange for defenseman Anton Babchuk and forward Tom

Kostopoulos.

The new players are expected to arrive in Calgary on Thursday,

possibly in time to join the Flames at practice in the morning.

Calgary hosts Chicago on Friday night.

Notes: Calgary has been outscored 24-10 in the second period

this season. … Phoenix has been outshot in 15 of its 18 games but

has a 8-3-4 record in those games. … The Coyotes improve to 6-0-3

when they score first. … Four of the Flames five injured players

skated with the club Wednesday morning. Out on the ice were D Adam

Pardy (shoulder), LW Ales Kotalik (knee), C Ryan Stone (knee) and

Raitis Ivanans (head). Kotalik and Stone have been out all season

while Ivanans got hurt in the opening game and Pardy went down in

game No. 2. … It is Calgary’s longest losing streak on home ice

since losing four in a row Jan. 13-25