The game wasn't at all as lopsided in tempo or puck possession as the 6-1 score would have you believe, but the goaltending was awesome for the Coyotes with Ilya Bryzgalov making toe saves, glove saves, hitting the puck out of the air with his stick saves and everything in between. Edmonton's goaltending was just awful and their defense didn't really help that much. Jeff Deslauriers Got beaten by a couple good chances, but at least 3 of the goals against were just having his glove in the wrong place. He had eyes on the puck but did nada.
Matthew Lombardi had a career night with 2 goals and 3 assists for 5 total points a career high. Jim Vandermeer added his fourth of the year on a bouncing puck from the blueline. Radim Vrbata scored one nice goal on a breakaway chance in which he faked out Deslauriers and put it right past his skate as he lay prone on the ice. Robert Lang added a late goal on a fluke backhander that seemed like it went right through Deslauriers' chest. Dustin Penner unfortunately ended the shutout bid with less than five minutes remaining in the game as the Coyotes backed of the throttle and forgot that they actually had to play the rest of the game.
Several players left the game, all with various upper body injuries. Shane Doan got hurt in the second period and was wincing on the bench. Coyotes PR man Sergey Koncharov told fans via twitter that Doan seemed okay in the locker room after the game, but will be reevaluated tomorrow. Joel Perrault, a recent call up from San Antonio, left after a had hit into the boards that he didn't turn right on and Vernon Fiddler left, but I don't have details on what happened there. Dave Tippett said in the postgame that all the players at least played while they were hurt so the injuries shouldn't be to severe. Hopefully it was all precautionary with the team being up by so much late.
Comments of the night from SBN Oilers Site Copper and Blue:
If we could combine Strader and Debrusk and drop Quinn and Nash, we might have something here.
If only. Debrusk was great in his time here when he did radio with Bob Heethus and the postgame shows on FSN.
What’s that thing Bryzgalov did where he put his body in front of the puck and it didn’t go in the net? Do we have any guys who can do that?
I think "Save" is the word you were looking for there.
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