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COYOTES EARN 4-0 WIN OVER PHILADELPHIA

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes
By: Chad Lynch

Photo Credit: Norm Hall

COYOTES STARTING LINE-UP
(LW) Josh Gratton - (C) Daniel Carcillo- (RW) Shane Doan
(D) Brendan Bell - (D) Derek Morris

FLYERS STARTING LINE-UP
(LW) Geoff Sanderson - (C) Mike Richards - (RW) Sami Kapanen
(D) Denis Gauthier - (D) Alexander Picard

STARTING GOALTENDERS
Phoenix - Mikael Tellqvist
Philadelphia - Martin Biron

On Monday night, Coyotes' goaltender Mikael Tellqvist stopped all 24 shots he faced, leading Phoenix to a 4-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

After several minutes of back and forth play, the ice titled in the Coyotes favor when Philadelphia forward, Dimitry Afanasenkov was called for hooking, giving Phoenix the first power play of the night.

The Coyotes went to work on the man-advantage and while they technically wouldn't score on the power play, they did grab a 1-0 lead just one second after the penalty expired. Phoenix forward Niko Kapanen made it a 1-0 game when he flipped a puck at the net from the right corner that deflected off netminder Martin Biron, then off Flyers defenseman Derian Hatcher in the crease and into the net.

The Coyotes would add to their lead at 11:12 of the first when Owen Nolan unleashed a laser of a slap shot from the top of the left face-off circle that flew by Biron and into the top corner to make it a 2-0 game. Kapanen and Brendan Bell assisted on Nolan's 16th of the season.

Following the goal by Nolan, the Flyers received their first power play of the game when defenseman Derek Morris was whistled for interference at 12:53. Despite the extra attacker, Philadelphia would fail to mount a significant attack on the Coyotes net as the penalty to Morris was successfully killed off and Phoenix returned to full strength.

The final minute of the opening period saw both club trade rushes into the offensive zone, but lack any quality scoring chances as the first period came to a close with the Coyotes on top 2-0.

Early in the second period the Coyotes defensive unit took a hit when Brendan Bell was cross-checking into the boards by Philadelphia's Stefan Ruzicka at 17:41 if the second. Bell lay on the ice in obvious pain for several moments before he was helped off the ice, the entire time being careful not to put any pressure on his left leg. Ruzicka received a two-minute minute for the hit.

The Coyotes were able to get some pressure on the Flyers net during the ensuing man advantage, but Biron was able to make the saves and keep the Coyotes lead to 2-0.

At 9:46 of the second, the Coyotes found themselves back on the penalty kill when Yanick Lehoux was sent to the box for slashing. However it would be Phoenix that would wind up making the mark on the scoreboard as forward Mathias Tjarnqvist scooped up a lose puck, drove to the net and slid the puck past Biron for a 3-0 Coyotes lead.

With 8:02 to play in the stanza, Philadelphia sent their penalty-killing unit back onto the ice when Braydon Cobum was called for hooking. However, less than a minute into the Coyotes power play, forward Steven Reinprecht took a hooking penalty of his own, resulting in four-on-four hockey.

With just under three minutes to play in the period, Philadelphia came within inches of scoring their first goal of the night when a shot from the left side trickled through the legs of Tellqvist and toward the Phoenix net. However, at the last second, defenseman Travis Roche raced in and swept the puck away to keep the Coyotes in front 3-0 after two periods of play.

The Flyers came charging out of the gate to begin the final period and nearly cut the Phoenix lead to two when a Philadelphia shot from the slot beat Tellqvist and ricocheted off the goal post and into the corner.

At 3:55 of the third, Phoenix went back on the power play when Philly's R. J. Umberger was called for high-sticking. The Coyotes put together their best looking power play up to that point as they dominated play and crashed the net with several quality scoring chances. But once again, Biron was able to hold his ground and keep Phoenix form adding to their lead.

Much of the next ten minutes saw the Coyotes protecting their three goal lead, while the Philadelphia offense continued to struggle find any measure of success.

With just over two minutes remaining in the third, rookie Daniel Carcillo scored his second career goal in as game games when took a feed from Shane Doan and snapped a shot through the legs of Biron, for a 4-0 Coyotes lead.

Carcillo's goal would complete the scoring and the final minutes of actions slipped off the clock as the Coyotes broke back into the win column with a 4-0 victory over the Flyers.

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