Coyotes mightier than Ducks
Bryzgalov, rookies shine as Phoenix climbs to 2-0
Quite a lively bunch, the youth-infused Phoenix Coyotes.
Rookies Kyle Turris and Mikkel Boedker scored for the first time in the NHL, and last year's Hobey Baker Award winner, former University of Michigan star Kevin Porter, chipped in with an assist last night to help the Coyotes spoil the Anaheim Ducks' home opener with a 4-2 victory.
Two games and two wins into the season, Wayne Gretzky is enjoying coaching the young players.
"They're a special group. The veteran players around them have brought them along nicely," Gretzky said. "They play hard and they want to get better and it's fun to be around them."
The Coyotes' Ilya Bryzgalov, formerly Jean-Sebastien Giguere's backup in Anaheim, made 33 saves to run his record against the Ducks to 4-1-1, and Shane Doan scored twice for Phoenix.
Ryan Carter and George Parros scored for the Ducks (0-2).
Doan's second goal gave Phoenix a 4-1 lead with 3:40 remaining, and Parros capped the scoring just 13 seconds later.
The Coyotes built a 3-0 lead in the second period before Carter scored for Anaheim.
The Ducks' Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 20 shots, but was victimized for two goals by shoddy defensive play.
Turris, who also had an assist, and Boedker provided a glimpse of what the new, youthful Coyotes might bring to the rink.
Turris was taken by Phoenix with the third pick in the 2007 draft, and Boedker was selected eighth this year.
Porter notched his second assist in two games for the Coyotes.
Steven Reinprecht chipped in with two assists.
Phoenix opened its three-goal lead midway through the second period when Turris poked in a shot from near the right post.
Oilers 3, Avalanche 2 - Dustin Penner scored his second goal of the game with 5.4 seconds left and host Edmonton beat Colorado in the Oilers' opener.
Penner, who scored earlier in the period, tipped Ethan Moreau's shot past goalie Peter Budaj for the winner. Shawn Horcoff also scored for Edmonton.
Joe Sakic and Milan Hejduk had goals for the Avalanche (0-2).
With 10 minutes to play, the Oilers were called for closing a hand on the puck in the crease - giving Colorado a penalty shot. Hejduk was picked for the attempt and he took full advantage, beating Matthieu Garon stickside to make it 2-2. Hejduk is 3 for 3 on penalty shots.
Edmonton was the first team to finish out last season's schedule and the last to begin this one, a lengthy wait of 192 days.
Sharks 1, Kings 0 - Lukas Kaspar scored his first NHL goal and Brian Boucher made 21 saves to lead visiting San Jose over Los Angeles.
Kaspar whisked a wrist shot from the right circle past goalie Jason LaBarbera midway through the second period to help the Sharks sweep the teams' home-and-home series and improve to 3-0.