GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 10: The Phoenix Coyotes celebrate after Brett MacLean #39 scored a second period goal against the Calgary Flames during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on March 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Things certainly didn't look great going into the game with the Phoenix Coyotes suddenly besieged by a rash of injuries. Ray Whitney, Martin Hanzal and Rostislav Klesla all out and guys like Derek Morris and Lauri Korpikoski really feeling the effects of lingering injuries. The guys that need to step up against the Calgary Flames did just that though with the Kid Line of Brett MacLean, Kyle Turris and Mikkel Boedker making the first, and game winning, tic-tac-toe goal that looked like they ran it in practice. Eric Belanger increased the lead with another goal early in the third and Shane Doan added the empty netter.
The real star of the game though was goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov who looked like a man possessed. The Flames shot 38 pucks on goal and, as the headline indicates, he stopped every last one of them. He absolutely stood on his head stealing chances from several Flames that weren't exactly easy. He sucked up every rebound and generally frustrated a tired Calgary team.
The Coyotes as a team played solid defense especially after getting the lead. They played the way they generally do when they have success and that's in layers through the neutral zone disrupting all the play the opposition tries to set up.
My Three Stars (Because SportsNet Sucks) #1 - Ilya Bryzgalov, #2 - Mikkel Boedker #3 - Brett MacLean
After the Jump the Game Highlights, post game interviews and Dave Tippet's postgame presser.
Tippett Press Conference:
Postgame Player Comments: