|COL||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||0|
|PHX||1||1||1||(0 - 0)||3|
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 25 shots for his second straight shutout and Radim Vrbata scored twice to lift the Phoenix Coyotes to a 3-0 win over the struggling Colorado Avalanche Monday night.
Bryzgalov had 25 saves in a 1-0 win over Minnesota on Saturday and followed that with another sterling performance to give Phoenix consecutive shutouts for the first time since Brian Boucher set the modern-day NHL record with five straight in 2003-04. It was his 21st career shutout and fifth this season.
The last Phoenix goalie to post shutouts in consecutive starts was Curtis Joseph, who did it with a game off in between in 2006-07.
Scottie Upshall also scored for the Coyotes, who had allowed 11 straight goals before Bryzgalov's scoreless streak.
Colorado is waiting for former NHL MVP Peter Forsberg to rejoin the team and certainly could use him after being shut out in consecutive games. The Avalanche didn't get many chances against Bryzgalov early and failed on four power-play chances to lose their fourth straight game.
Phoenix was coming off one of its best and perhaps biggest wins of the season.
Mired in a two-week funk sprinkled with occasionally - and uncharacteristically - uninspired effort, the Coyotes were superb at both ends in a 1-0 win over Minnesota on Saturday that ended a five-game home losing streak.
The Coyotes picked up where they left off, hounding the Avs in their zone while creating plenty of good chances at the other end.
Ray Whitney set up the first goal with hard work, stripping a puck from behind in Colorado's zone and feeding it to Martin Hanzal, who crossed it to Vrbata for a one-timer and his 12th goal of the season.
Upshall made it 2-0 with just over two minutes left in the second, flipping in a shot past Craig Andersen after Kyle Turris' shot hit a skate out front.
Colorado has been mired in one of its worst stretches of the season, losing five of six, but got some good news on Sunday, when Forsberg signed on for the rest of the season.
The 37-year-old traveled with the team to the desert and went through the morning skate, but didn't play due to immigration issues. He could be cleared to play as early as Wednesday against Minnesota, but the Avs could have used him - or at least the previous incarnation of him.
The Avalanche came up empty on two power plays in the second and found themselves down three and on the way to another shutout after Vrbata knocked in a loose puck midway through the third.
Notes: Coyotes D Ed Jovanovski missed his third straight game with an upper-body injury. ... Colorado C Ryan O'Reilly returned on his 20th birthday after missing nearly a month with a shoulder injury. ... Avalanche D John-Michael Liles played in his 500th career game.
|Radim Vrbata (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Martin Hanzal (10), Ray Whitney (28)|
1 - 0 PHX
|Scottie Upshall (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Kyle Turris (9), Shane Doan (25)|
2 - 0 PHX
|PPG - Radim Vrbata (13) Wrist shot - ASST: Taylor Pyatt (9), Ray Whitney (29)|
3 - 0 PHX
|Cody McLeod Roughing against Paul Bissonnette|
|Kevin Shattenkirk Hi-sticking against Shane Doan|
|Keith Yandle Interference against TJ Galiardi|
|Sami Lepisto Interference against Philippe Dupuis|
|Radim Vrbata Hooking against Adam Foote|
|Martin Hanzal Slashing against John-Michael Liles|
|John-Michael Liles Slashing against Martin Hanzal|
|Ryan O'Byrne Hooking against Shane Doan|
|Oliver Ekman-Larsson Holding the stick against Daniel Winnik|
|Cody McLeod Roughing against Derek Morris|
|Cody McLeod Fighting (maj) against Derek Morris|
|Derek Morris Fighting (maj) against Cody McLeod|
|Keith Yandle Slashing against Cody McLeod|
|SA: 26||TOI: 59:59|
|Saves: 23||EV: 19 - 21|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 5|
|SV%: .885||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 26||TOI: 59:38|
|Saves: 26||EV: 21 - 21|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5 - 5|
|SV%: 1.000||SH: 0 - 0|