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GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) -- Martin Hanzal recorded his first

career hat trick and Steven Reinprecht scored twice in the third

period as the Phoenix Coyotes posted a 6-3 triumph over the

Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday.

After notching three goals in his previous 24 games and just

eight in his rookie campaign in 2007-08, Hanzal scored twice in

the first period and added a shorthanded tally just 27 seconds

into the middle session to complete the hat trick.

"It is amazing because I never scored two goals, and now I have

a hat trick," Hanzal said. "I really enjoyed this game. I just

picked up the rebound and got lucky on the first two goals, and

yes, the third, too."

What made the feat all the more special was the fact Hanzal

accomplished it in front of his parents.

"The timing was perfect," he said. "They are leaving tomorrow

and have been here for a couple of weeks, so I am glad they saw

it. It was for them."

Todd Fedoruk also tallied and defensemen Ed Jovanovski and Derek

Morris notched two assists apiece as Phoenix improved to 4-1-0

in its last five games.

After Mikael Tellqvist allowed three goals on nine shots over

two periods, Ilya Bryzgalov started the third and stopped all

nine shots he faced.

"I felt that Telly got us to that point, and Bryzgalov has

worked hard the last three days and we needed a pressure-cooker

out of him in the third and he made some big saves," Phoenix

coach Wayne Gretzky said. "It was a gut feel to make the

change, and I did it more to push the team than to take Telly

out."

Alexei Ponikarovsky scored twice, Jason Blake had a goal and two

assists and Dominic Moore set up a pair of tallies for Toronto,

which has dropped two in a row and surrendered 33 goals in its

last nine contests.

"That is a lot of goals against, obviously," said Maple Leafs

goaltender Vesa Toskala, who made 20 saves. "I couldn't help

the team much today."

"We didn't look like we had anything in the tank in the third

period," Toronto coach Ron Wilson said. "They got us on our

heels and we never go it going. We just need everybody with a

better effort. Tried to rest up, tried to have better energy

for the game - it just didn't work."

With the game tied at 3-3 just over five minutes into the third

period, Morris unleashed a shot from the right point that

deflected off the stick of Reinprecht and past a screened

Toskala.

Reinprecht doubled the advantage just over nine minutes later,

and Fedoruk tallied with 3:52 to cap the scoring.

"We wanted to play with some energy in the third, get some pucks

on the net, and when you do that, good things happen,"

Reinprecht said. "We got some big point shots and some

rebounds, and that is how you are going to be successful."

Hanzal opened the scoring 2:07 into the contest and gave the

Coyotes a 2-1 lead nearly 10 minutes later, netting both goals

after gathering rebounds.

The 21-year-old Czech completed the hat trick early in the

second period, settling a bouncing puck on the doorstep before

tucking it past Toskala. The tally gave Phoenix a 3-2 lead.

"The guys came up large when they had to, and when the game was

on the line, Marty was excellent," Gretzky said.

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