(Glendale, AZ, March 12) - One game after allowing five goals in 20 minutes, Mikael Tellqvist was perfect for the Phoenix Coyotes.
Tellqvist made 24 saves for his second shutout of the season and added an assist to lead the Coyotes past the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0 on Monday night, snapping a five-game losing streak.
"The last game we came out flat, including myself," said Tellqvist, pulled after the shaky first period Saturday night. "I wanted to play better for my teammates and my team. Some nights it works out for us and some nights it doesn't."
Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky said goaltending coach Grant Fuhr suggested putting Tellqvist back in the net.
"I don't think Telly was as sharp as he's been for us and we wanted to give him a chance to bounce back," Gretzky said. "He plays hard each and every night. The other night wasn't his fault. You never blame a goaltender. But tonight he really rebounded well."
Niko Kapanen scored his first goal and set up another. Owen Nolan, Mathias Tjarnqvist and Daniel Carcillo also scored for the Coyotes, who won for the third time in 15 games. Phoenix has lost 19 of 28.
Martin Biron took a puck to the throat seven minutes into the game but remained in, finishing with 20 saves in his sixth straight start for the Flyers.
"You get hit in the neck, you just have to refocus and forget about it," Biron said. "You have to shake it off. You get used to it as a goalie. It's no big deal."
Philadelphia is 3-2-1 with Biron, acquired from Buffalo at the trade deadline.
"We made it very clear that this was going to be a hard game," Flyers coach John Stevens said. "We had to dig in and pay the price, and for whatever reason it didn't happen."
Kapanen gave Phoenix a 1-0 lead at 7:41 of the first when his shot from the goal line bounced off defenseman Derian Hatcher's chest and into the net after Biron made the initial save.
Nolan made it 2-0 at 11:12 when he blasted a shot from the top of the right circle over Biron's right shoulder and into the net's top left corner.
Tjarnqvist added a short-handed goal at 10:45 of the second period when he took an outlet pass from Kevyn Adams near center ice, skated around Sami Kapanen and faked Biron to the ice with a forehand deke before scoring on a backhand shot.
Carcillo capped the scoring with 2:03 to play on a wrist shot from between the circles.
"We knew from the get-go that we needed to play desperate hockey and get a win after those last couple of games and the skid we were on," Carcillo said. "We just went out, worked hard, got pucks deep, played simple hockey, played hard hockey and worked for our goals."
Nick Boynton and Travis Roche helped preserve the shutout with just under 3 minutes left in the second period when Tellqvist skated into the low slot to challenge a shot by Sami Kapanen from the right circle.
Kapanen's shot trickled between Tellqvist's legs but Boynton and Roche skated back and combined to clear the puck off the line. Boynton batted the puck into the air and Roche swatted it clear of the crease.
"I really appreciate it when guys start throwing themselves behind me and blocking shots," Tellqvist said. "It means a lot to me."
Notes: Tellqvist made 29 saves to shut out Anaheim on Dec. 23. ... Flyers LW Dmitry Afanasenkov bounced a shot off the post 25 seconds into the third period. ... Coyotes D Brendan Bell left the game with a bruised knee when he was checked face first into the boards by Philadelphia's Stefan Ruzicka at 2:09 of the second period and didn't return. ... Coyotes LW Bill Thomas, who left Saturday's loss to Chicago after he took a shoulder from David Koci to the face, didn't play. ... Tellqvist's assist was his first point with the Coyotes. ... Philadelphia hadn't played the Coyotes since Dec. 5, 2003, and hadn't lost to them since a 4-0 loss on Dec. 28, 2002 in Phoenix.