GLENDALE, Ariz. - Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 31 shots for his first shutout of the season as the Phoenix Coyotes defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-0 Saturday night.
Bryzgalov recorded his sixth NHL shutout and the first since March 13 when he blanked Vancouver 2-0 at home.
Steven Reinprecht scored in the second period and rookie Mikkel Boedker added one in the third for the Coyotes, who won for the fourth time in six games. The Blue Jackets have dropped three of four.
The game was scoreless until midway through the second period when Reinprecht gave Phoenix a 1-0 lead. When goalie Steve Mason dropped Ken Klee's shot in the slot, Reinprecht converted the rebound at 10:23 for his eighth goal.
Jiri Novotny had Columbus' two best opportunities when he was stopped in close. In the final minute of the period, Bryzgalov made a strong glove save on Fredrik Modin's shot from the bottom of the left circle.
In the second, Columbus' best chance came in the final minute. Bryzgalov caught Manny Malhotra's shot between his pads and fell to the ice.
Boedker scored his seventh when he put in a backhander at 6:52 of the third period.
Notes: Blue Jackets rookie centre Derek Brassard, second on the team in scoring, is out indefinitely due to a separate shoulder sustained in a fight. He will have an MRI Sunday to determine long-term damage. ... Boedker's goal was his second in 21 games.