Bryzgalov blanks Ducks again
Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:07 AM
Ilya Bryzgalov just loves playing against his former team.
Bryzgalov shut out his former team for the third time since leaving Anaheim, Taylor Pyatt
scored on a deflection and Shane Doan
connected during a power play to lead the Coyotes to a 3-0 victory over the Ducks on Sunday night.
Bryzgalov made 39 saves for his second shutout of the season and 18th of his NHL career. He was waived by the Ducks during the 2007-08 season and claimed by Phoenix.
"I always felt that I was capable of being a No. 1 goalie, and here I got an opportunity to prove myself," said Bryzgalov, who won a Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007. "That team will always been with me in my heart because I spent seven years in that organization, and you can't throw that away. But right now, my home is with the Phoenix Coyotes
, playing in his 400th NHL regular-season game, scored into an empty net with 2:56 remaining.
The Ducks, who recorded 41 shots in a 4-0 loss to Detroit on Friday, were shut out in consecutive games for the first time since March 2008. It was the first time they were blanked in back-to-back home games since October 2003.
"It seems like we don't really have a starting point in any of the games, specifically the last two," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "We started both of them, the first 10-12 minutes we were playing defensive zone coverage and not on the attack. It seems like it takes 10 minutes for us to get warmed up, and that is not acceptable."
Teemu Selanne was scratched from Anaheim’s lineup for the fifth time in seven games because of a groin pull.
Joffrey Lupul, who hadn't played in an NHL game since Dec. 8, 2009, because of back surgery and a subsequent blood infection, made his season debut on Selanne's line. Saku Koivu
and Jason Blake
were activated from the long-term injury list.
"It was enjoyable just being back around the guys," Lupul said. "We're here to win games. I'm glad to have the first one out of the way. Hopefully now, I can just join the team and go about business as usual.
"I felt good before the game. I was pretty excited. Once the game got going, it was just hockey again. If I had any nerves, they were gone by the first or second shift. It was not the result we wanted. It's frustrating. I can play better and everyone can play better."
Pyatt opened the scoring 10:59 in, redirecting Sami Lepisto's one-timer from the right point through Jonas Hiller
's legs. Hiller, who threw his head back in disgust after the puck eluded him, finished with 23 saves.
The Ducks, who snapped the Coyotes’ seven-game winning streak with a 6-4 victory at Phoenix on Nov. 27, received four consecutive minor penalties during a 4:18 span of the second period. The Coyotes netted only one power-play goal out of it.
Andy Sutton was off for slashing Scottie Upshall when Hiller stopped defenseman Keith Yandle
's one-timer, but Doan converted the rebound.
"It's frustrating when you're out there trying to work as hard as you can and things aren't happening," said Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf
. "It's not a matter of putting the puck in. It's a matter of all those other little things that we’re not doing properly. We have to reach back here and start doing those again."
Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.