The Stat Line Of The Night — 3/10/11 — Ilya Bryzgalov
The Phoenix Coyotes entered last night’s game tied for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, while their opponents, the Calgary Flames, entered Thursday tied for fourth place with the Chicago Blackhawks. Despite being separated by a few positions in the standings, the Coyotes were only two points behind the Flames, and they would make up those two points via a 3-0 victory.
While the scoreboard makes it appear as though the Coyotes were the dominant team in this game, that was far from the case. Instead, they were forced to rely heavily on the stellar play of goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, who stopped each of the 39 shots he faced for his sixth shutout of the season.
With the win, the Coyotes improve their record to 3-0 against the Flames this season, and they have also moved ahead of them in the Western Conference standings as a result of having one fewer game played. These two teams will hook up once more on March 15th, giving the Flames a few days to figure out a way to beat Bryzgalov. They couldn’t do so last night, and as a result, the Coyotes netminder earns our “Stat Line of the Night” for Thursday, March 10, 2011.