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Coyotes 6, Maple Leafs 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Coyotes 6, Maple Leafs 3
Phoenix Coyotes 6, Toronto Maple Leafs 3

TORONTO (AP) -The resurgent Phoenix Coyotes pushed aside the Toronto Maple Leafs with a four-goal second period.

Petr Prucha scored twice, and Keith Yandle and Martin Hanzal each had three assists in the Coyotes' 6-3 victory over the Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.

Vernon Fiddler, Paul Bissonnette, Scottie Upshall and Radim Vrbata also scored, and Daniel Winnik added two assists. Phil Kessel scored for the third straight game for the Maple Leafs, and Jamal Mayers and Alexei Ponikarovsky added goals.

The Coyotes are 7-1-1 in their last nine games and 20-12-2 overall in their first season under coach Dave Tippett.

"We really expected to win," said Coyotes captain Shane Doan, adding the players knew they were going to be competitive despite the team's uncertain future.

"Tippett knows what he wants to do and was able to dictate exactly what everybody wants and that really makes it easy."

Prucha opened the scoring in the first period, taking pass at the side of the crease and wiring a shot short-side past Vesa Toskala.

Some sloppy defensive play by Toronto allowed Prucha to put his team up 2-0 just 51 seconds into the second, but exactly a minute later Mayers got that one back on a breakaway started by defenseman Francois Beauchemin.

However, Phoenix took over with three straight goals.

"They were kind of swarming everywhere, in our zone and in their zone and they made us look pretty bad," Maple Leafs defenseman Jeff Finger said. "No bounces went our way and they got a few their way."

Fiddler backhanded home a loose puck that came to rest in the slot before Bissonnette tipped home a point shot from Yandle to make it 4-1.

"I was pretty excited and I look forward to talking to my dad after the game," Bissonnette said. "It was his first NHL game."

Upshall was credited with his goal when the puck went through the Toronto goalmouth, deflected off Ian White's skate and trickled over the line before Toskala could smother it with his glove.

Kessel scored a late second-period power-play goal before Ponikarovsky brought the score the Maple Leafs to 5-3 from the high slot in the third.

The loss ended a four-game home winning streak for Toronto, while the Coyotes earned their fourth consecutive victory over the Leafs.

Notes: Doan played his 999th game. ... Toronto defenseman Luke Schenn was a healthy scratch for the third straight game. ... The game was Phoenix's first in Toronto since Jan. 14, 2006.

scoring summary
1st Period
13:33
PHX
PPG - Petr Prucha (5) ASST: Keith Yandle (10), Martin Hanzal (9)
1 - 0 PHX
2nd Period
00:51
PHX
Petr Prucha (6) ASST: Martin Hanzal (10), Radim Vrbata (8)
2 - 0 PHX
01:51
TOR
Jamal Mayers (1) ASST: Francois Beauchemin (13)
2 - 1 PHX
07:10
PHX
Vernon Fiddler (4) ASST: Daniel Winnik (9), Keith Yandle (11)
3 - 1 PHX
11:39
PHX
Paul Bissonnette (2) ASST: Keith Yandle (12), Daniel Winnik (10)
4 - 1 PHX
16:25
PHX
Scottie Upshall (10) ASST: Matthew Lombardi (13), Lauri Korpikoski (1)
5 - 1 PHX
19:10
TOR
PPG - Phil Kessel (13) ASST: Matt Stajan (16), Alexei Ponikarovsky (12)
5 - 2 PHX
3rd Period
09:05
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky (13) ASST: Matt Stajan (17), Mike Komisarek (2)
5 - 3 PHX
19:48
PHX
EN - Radim Vrbata (11) ASST: Martin Hanzal (11)
6 - 3 PHX
penalty summary
1st Period
06:39
PHX
Sami Lepisto  Hi-sticking against  Jamal Mayers
11:47
TOR
Jason Blake  Holding against  Jim Vandermeer
2nd Period
12:46
PHX
Martin Hanzal  Interference against  Matt Stajan
18:36
PHX
Taylor Pyatt  Holding against  Ian White
3rd Period
01:52
TOR
Colton Orr  Tripping against  Jim Vandermeer
02:17
PHX
Martin Hanzal  Interference against  Garnet Exelby
03:49
PHX
Shane Doan  Tripping against  Francois Beauchemin
goalie stats
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 30TOI: 59:59
Saves: 27EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .900SH: 1 - 1
Vesa Toskala
SA: 28TOI: 58:38
Saves: 23EV: 19 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .821SH: 1 - 1