Bryzgalov, Coyotes blank Blue Jackets

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GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) -- Ilya Bryzgalov made 33 saves to

record his first shutout of the season as the Phoenix Coyotes

defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, 2-0, on Saturday.

Steven Reinprecht and rookie Mikkel Boedker scored for the

Coyotes, who have posted a 4-0-2 record over their last six

games.

Phoenix swept the season series with the Blue Jackets, winning

all four meetings in regulation.

"It is tough because those are points that we need," Columbus'

leading scorer Rick Nash said. "This is a team that we are

going to be in fight for a playoff spot, so losing four straight

to them is unacceptable."

Bryzgalov turned aside 10 shots in the first period, 11 more in

the second and 12 in the third to complete his sixth career

blanking.

"Shutouts are like a dessert, but the most important thing is to

win. It doesn't matter if you win 6-0 or 6-5, it's a huge two

points for us," Bryzgalov said. "The important thing is I

helped my team out. They have trust in me and we have pretty

good chemistry."

After a scoreless opening session, Reinprecht opened the scoring

midway through the second with his eighth goal of the season.

Reinprecht stuffed captain Shane Doan's rebound past rookie

goaltender Steve Mason with 9:37 left in the period to provide

all the offense that Bryzgalov would need.

Boedker doubled the advantage at 6:52 of the final session with

a great individual effort, capitalizing on a turnover in

Columbus' zone. The 19-year-old picked up the puck in the left

faceoff circle, skated around a defender and beat Mason with

backhander.

It was Boedker's seventh goal of the season.

"I shouldn't even have been on the ice. Lisin was getting his

skate fixed, so I took a chance and jumped on the ice," Boedker

said.

"I was really lucky because the puck bounced right to me. The

D-man stood up and I tried to keep it away from him. I think

the goalie thought I was going to pass it, so I was lucky to

have a little hole."

With the win, Phoenix moved in sole passion of seventh place in

the Western Conference.

"You can't win a playoff spot in December, but you can

definitely lose a playoff spot in December," Coyotes coach Wayne

Gretzky said. "We are right in the middle of a battle, four or

five points behind three or four teams, yet we are only three

points ahead of five or six teams. We like where we are, we are

playing well but we know we have long way to go."

Mason stopped 22 shots for the Blue Jackets, who have lost six

of their last nine contests.

"We're professionals and we have to be better for 60 minutes,"

Columbus defenseman Kris Russell said. "We have to get off to a

good start. We've got to get pucks to the net and we've got to

get more shots on net. When one guy goes down, everyone has to

step up and keep going hard."

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