Phoenix Coyotes Stay Hot Against Visiting Edmonton Oilers, 5-0

Coyotes nab their seventh consecutive win against a lowly Edmonton squad.

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Phoenix Coyotes Keep Win Streak Alive, Down Edmonton Oilers 5-0

The Coyotes were firing on all cylinders on Tuesday night, shutting out the Edmonton Oilers by a count of 5-0. Martin Hanzal and Lee Stempniak both scored twice for Phoenix, while Ilya Bryzgalov shut out the Oilers to lead the Yotes in winning their seventh straight.

Edmonton never really had a chance in this contest. The Coyotes came out firing, outshooting the visiting Oilers 16-4 in the first, on their way to the win. The Oilers' netminder, Devan Dubnyk, did his part to weather the storm, but Phoenix proved to be too much offensively as the game went on, scoring two goals in the second and third periods.

In the Phoenix net, Ilya Bryzgalov continued his hot run, not having lost a game yet this month in regulation. Bryz stopped all 23 shots he faced en route to his first shutout of the season.

Bryzgalov certainly did not do it by himself, however. He received a lot of help from his defensemen, each of who finished with a 'plus' rating on the stat sheet. Recent call-up Oliver Ekman-Larsson may have solidified himself along the blue line for the near future for the Yotes, finishing with an assist and a plus-1 rating. David Schlemko also finished with a pair of assists.

Offensively, it was Stempniak leading the way with three points, including those two goals. Wojtek Wolski also added a goal and assist of his own.

Following the win, the Coyotes will have quite a bit of down time before their next game, when they host the Anaheim Ducks at Jobing.com Arena.  

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Phoenix Coyotes Look To Stay Hot Against Visiting Edmonton Oilers

The Phoenix Coyotes will look to continue their winning ways when they host the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night, at Jobing.com Arena. The Coyotes return home playing the role of the conquering hero, after sweeping their brief Canadian road trip. That trip included a win over this lowly Edmonton squad, though it took a shootout to put them to bed.

Phoenix's success started before that trip, however. The Yotes have taken over as the NHL's hottest team, posting a 7-1-2 mark in November, including this six-game win streak. Much of that success can be attributed to goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.

Bryz has had a fantastic month, winning six of his eight starts, while still gaining a point for the Yotes in the other two. His .924 save percentage over that span has driven his overall percentage up to .919, while maintaining a very good 2.76 goals against average.

For Edmonton, last week is better left forgotten. After a pair of drubbings from the New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks, the Oilers capped off the second half of their six-game losing streak with that shootout loss to the Coyotes on Friday. Their hard work from that game finally translated to success, when they downed a reeling Ducks squad in Anaheim, to stop the skid on Sunday.

With the Coyotes already off to their best start in franchise history, a matchup with the Western Conference doormat doesn't appear to be much of a challenge, but Friday's narrow victory showed Phoenix that they'll have to work for their seventh win in a row.

For more Coyotes discussion, visit Phoenix Coyotes blog Five for Howling.

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