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Hanzal, Reinprecht lead Coyotes to 6-3 victory over Maple Leafs

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GLENDALE, Ariz. - Martin Hanzal had his first three-goal game in the NHL, and Steven Reinprecht added a pair of third-period goals in the Phoenix Coyotes' 6-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

Todd Fedoruk also scored, and Derek Morris and Ed Jovanovski each added a pair of assists for Phoenix. The Coyotes have won four of their last five. Alexei Ponikarovsky scored twice, and Jason Blake had a goal and two assists for Toronto. The Maple Leafs have lost two straight.

Phoenix's week-long goalie saga took another twist when Mikael Tellqvist was pulled in favour of Ilya Bryzgalov after allowing three goals on nine shots in the first two periods. Tellqvist, the Coyotes' backup, had started five of Phoenix's last six games.

Bryzgalov stopped all nine shots he faced.

Reinprecht broke a 3-3 tie with 14:39 remaining. Derek Morris' blast from the top of the right faceoff circle deflected off Reinprecht's legs and past Vesa Toskala.

Reinprecht made it 5-3 with 5:38 to go, beating Toskala on a rebound from the inside hashes of the left faceoff circle.

Fedoruk capped Phoenix's three-goal third with a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle with 3:52 to go.

Hanzal and Ponikarovsky exchanged goals in the first period, combining to score four times on four shots.

Hanzal gave Phoenix a 1-0 lead at 2:07 when he swept a long rebound past Toskala from between the circles.

Ponikarovsky made it 1-1 just 1:42 later when he pushed the puck between Tellqvist's pads from the right side of the net and off the left post.

Hanzal's second turn came at 12:05 of the period after Mikkel Boedker fired a shot wide off the glass behind the net. The puck ricocheted to Hanzal to the right side of the net and the centre chipped the puck toward the crease and off defenceman Anton Stralman's stick into the net.

Ponikarovsky answered again at 14:13, again on a rebound after Dominic Moore's pass in front bounced off Phoenix defenceman Keith Yandle's skate and Tellqvist's right pad onto Ponikarovsky's stick.

Hanzal completed his hat trick 27 seconds into the third period, skating down the right side on a 2-on-1 break, pulling the puck left with the backhand and shooting once into Toskala's right leg before putting away his own rebound.

Blake tied it 3-3 at 14:45 of the period on yet another rebound, this one off a shot by Moore that bounced to the bottom of the right circle.

Notes: Toronto right wing Jamal Mayers missed his second straight game because of a hand injury. ... Tellqvist was playing in his 100th career game. Forty of his previous 99 games came with the Maple Leafs. ... Toronto entered the game third in the NHL at 33.4 shots per game, but managed just nine over the first two periods - four in the first, five in the second - and 18 for the game.

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