Hamzal, Bryzgalov lead Coyotes to win over Flames

Martin Hanzal had a goal and an assist, Ilya Bryzgalov made 39

saves Wednesday night and the Phoenix Coyotes beat the reeling

Calgary Flames 3-1 for their fourth straight win.

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

not solve Bryzgalov, who made several big saves.

The 30-year-old Russian 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.

With the game still scoreless in the second, Bryzgalov again

showed off his acrobatic style robbing defenseman Jay Bouwmeester,

who had raced in and one-timed a pass from behind the net by Matt


Phoenix scored twice in the second period to take the lead.

Wojtek Wolski scored at 7:13 with a shot over the shoulder of

Miikka Kiprusoff from a near-impossible angle.

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, and the puck slid past

Kiprusoff off the leg of sprawled Flames forward Alex Tanguay.

Calgary got 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 the late pressure.

With two minutes remaining, Mikael Backlund’s shot on net

ignited a scramble in front during which Tanguay put a shot off the


The misery continues for Calgary (7-10-0), which has lost seven

of its last eight and has dropped four straight at the Scotiabank

Saddledome. Five of the seven losses have been by one goal.

The Flames are second to last in the Western Conference, ahead

of only the Edmonton Oilers.

Lauri Korpikoski, rounded out the scoring with an empty-netter

for Phoenix (8-5-5).

Curtis Glencross drew the ire of the Coyotes early with a heavy

body check on defenseman Keith Yandle.

Shortly after Yandle slowly staggered off the ice, Yandle’s

defense partner Derek Morris went after Glencross engaging him in a

spirited fight.

Later in the period, Yandle himself got in a shoving match with

Glencross, an altercation that carried over to the penalty box as

the two players yelled back and forth at each other.

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


Neither of Calgary’s new players were available Wednesday.

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, 2010.