GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Taylor Pyatt ended Phoenix’s long scoring drought early in the third period and Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 25 shots for his fourth shutout this season, helping the Coyotes beat the Minnesota Wild 1-0 Saturday night to end a five-game home losing streak.
Phoenix came out with an intensity missing the previous two games, peppering Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom with 31 shots the first two periods. Backstrom was stellar at times, extending his scoreless streak to a franchise-record 157:13 before Pyatt finally broke through early in the third.
Sami Lepisto set up Pyatt’s goal — Phoenix’s first in 132 minutes — by keeping the puck in Minnesota’s zone and Bryzgalov made it hold up with his 20th shutout in his 300th career game.
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