Coyotes 3, Senators 2

Ed Jovanovski’s latest return from injury proved better than the

first.

Jovanovski scored an unassisted goal and helped the Phoenix

Coyotes beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Saturday night.

“It was nice to come back and contribute,” Jovanovski said.

“When you come back you’re working to get stronger, and that’s

what I’m trying to do right now.”

Jovanovski missed eight games due to a lower body injury before

returning for a game at Edmonton. He played the full game and the

first period of the Coyotes’ next contest before sitting out

twice.

“The first time he was second-guessing himself,” Coyotes coach

Dave Tippett said. “This time he seemed more confident.”

Taylor Pyatt also had an unassisted goal, and Petr Prucha scored

for the Coyotes, who won their fourth straight to match a season

high. The Coyotes’ 13 goals during their winning streak were scored

by 10 players.

“I think we’re just improving as a team,” Coyotes forward

Danniel Winnik said. “I think we had a rough month in November and

it looks like we’re bouncing back here in early December.”

This was Phoenix’s first victory over Ottawa since March 9,

2002.

“We’ll take the two points, but the reality is we’re better

than we were tonight,” Tippett said.

Chris Kelly and Jesse Winchester scored for the Senators, who

have dropped five of six (1-4-1). Ottawa is winless through four

games of its five-game road trip that will end Sunday at

Anaheim.

“We knew this was going to be a tough road trip, but we would

have liked to start it better,” Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson

said.

Jovanovski corralled a clearing attempt just inside the blue

line and used a screen by Prucha to beat Brian Elliott with a wrist

shot from the high slot at 3:38 of the first period.

Pyatt made it 2-0 at 8:49 of the first, taking advantage of a

turnover at mid-ice. He skated down the left side before shifting

to the middle with a quick move and scoring with a backhanded shot

from the top of the crease.

Prucha extended Phoenix’s lead to 3-0 at 10:25 of the second,

chipping a soft, looping shot off Elliott’s glove from the bottom

of the left circle for his second goal in two games. In the

previous 18 games, he had no goals and two assists.

Kelly ended Ilya Bryzgalov’s shutout bid with 3:19 remaining,

popping the puck into the air off Bryzgalov and into the net.

Winchester added a goal off a rebound, while the Senators played

with an extra attacker, with 45.8 seconds to go.

“We have to play with that kind of desperation from the drop of

the puck, not just the end,” Senators coach Cory Clouston said.

“We’ve been giving up early goals and that’s really costing

us.”

Bryzgalov made 26 saves and has stopped 134 of 143 shots during

his last five games.

“I think we were trying to ensure Bryzy got first star because

we kept giving them good chances,” Tippett said. “We did enough

good things to win, but let’s not kid ourselves. Bryzy was really

good.”

NOTES: Phoenix also won four straight from Oct. 12-22. …

Phoenix LW Peter Mueller missed his third straight game. Unlike the

previous two, which were due to an upper body injury, the team

listed Mueller as a healthy scratch against the Senators. It was

the second time this season Mueller, who has one goal and three

assists in 24 games, has sat out despite not being injured.