Bryzgalov Gets Shutout in Coyotes Debut

The Associated Press
Saturday, November 17, 2007; 7:09 PM

LOS ANGELES -- Ilya Bryzgalov posted his third career shutout with 28 saves just hours after joining his new Phoenix teammates, Shane Doan had a power-play goal and the Coyotes beat the Los Angeles Kings 1-0 Saturday to snap a three-game losing streak.

The Coyotes claimed Bryzgalov off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks. The 27-year-old Russian played his first 69 regular-season NHL games with Anaheim, winning a Stanley Cup ring last season as Jean-Sebastien Giguere's backup.

Bryzgalov's leg pads, catching glove and blocker pad still sported Anaheim's team colors. But he wore a nondescript, white mask instead of the one which had Duck designs and "Bryz" painted on it.

All three of Bryzgalov's shutouts have been on the road. He beat San Jose 2-0 with 24 saves on Jan. 26, 2006, and needed just 14 saves to beat Chicago 3-0 on Oct. 26, 2006.

This was the first time the Kings were blanked at Staples Center since April 6, 2006, when they managed only 14 shots at goalie Vesa Toskala in a 5-0 loss to San Jose.

Bryzgalov's acquisition couldn't have come at a better time for the desperate Coyotes, who were outscored 15-1 over their previous three games _ all against the San Jose Sharks _ including Monday's 5-0 loss and Thursday's 6-0 defeat. The Phoenix/Winnipeg franchise has never been shut out in three straight games since moving from the WHA to the NHL in 1979.

Doan, the Coyotes' captain, scored at 11:24 of the second period during a 5-on-3 advantage and ended a goal drought of 202 minutes, 24 _ encompassing nine consecutive scoreless periods.

Kings defensemen Lubomir Visnovsky was sent off for hooking and Rob Blake for holding 17 seconds apart. Doan then used Michal Handzus and rookie defenseman Jack Johnson as a screen and beat Jason LaBarbera to the glove side with a one-timer from 35 feet after the Kings' goalie stopped the first 18 shots he faced. Doan's fourth goal of the season caromed in off the right post with 56 seconds still left on Visnovsky's penalty.

Notes:@ Bryzgalov was 7-2 with a 1.99 goals-against average in 10 career games against Phoenix, including his first career win, a 3-2 overtime decision on March 16, 2003. He faced the Coyotes twice this season in Anaheim, a 1-0 loss on Oct. 25, and a no-decision on Nov. 7 in which he was benched late in the second period after giving up four goals on 18 shots. ... LaBarbera made 37 saves. ... D Nick Boynton returned to the Coyotes' lineup after serving an automatic one-game suspension for instigating a fight with San Jose's Steve Bernier during the last 5 minutes of Monday's 5-0 loss. ... Bryzgalov is the fourth different goalie the Coyotes have used this season. They haven't used fewer than four in any season since 2001-02. ... Coyotes C Peter Mueller has no goals in five games since his first career hat trick on Nov. 7 at Anaheim. RW Fredrik Sjostrom has one goal in 11 games since his first NHL hat trick on Oct. 11 at Nashville. ... The Kings leave on a five-game road trip that will conclude an 11-game stretch against Pacific Division rivals.

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