GLENDALE, Ariz. — Ilya Bryzgalov wasn’t about to lose a shutout in the closing minutes for the second time in a week.
Bryzgalov made 23 saves for his 17th career NHL shutout, and Martin Hanzal and Lee Stempniak each scored twice to help the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Edmonton Oilers, 5-0, last night for their seventh consecutive win.
Bryzgalov nearly had another shutout at Calgary last Wednesday, but Rene Bourque scored with 3:52 left to spoil the bid. The Coyotes settled for a 3-1 victory in that one.
“It was close in Calgary, but unfortunately I gave up the goal,’’ Bryzgalov said. “Tonight we did everything right.’’
Stempniak added an assist, Wojtek Wolski had a goal and an assist, and David Schlemko and Eric Belanger had a pair of assists for the Coyotes, who moved into first place in the Pacific Division.
“We’re only just past the 20-game mark,’’ Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. “I’ll get excited when I feel we’re good enough to do something. Give all the credit in the world to these guys for how hard they’re working, but it’s early.’’
Phoenix earned the victory despite the absence of defensemen Ed Jovanovski and Adrian Aucoin.