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Coyotes shut out Penguins in Pittsburgh

ILYA Bryzgalov recorded his first shutout of the year to lead the Phoenix Coyotes to a 3-0 victory over Stanley Cup champions the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.

Bryzgalov had 24 saves and Radim Vrbata registered his third goal of the season for the bankrupt Coyotes, who have started their season with two wins on the road.

"We really fed off the energy of playing against the Stanley Cup champions," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett told reporters. "I thought our speed and competitiveness drew some of their penalties."

In the day's only other National Hockey League game, the Vancouver Canucks routed the Montreal Canadiens 7-1.

In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Phoenix scored on two of its nine powerplays starting with Ed Jovanovski's snap shot to open the scoring at 9:07 in the first period.

Petr Prucha converted an athletic goal that saw him sitting on the back of a Pittsburgh player at 10:47 in the second.

Vrbata completed the scoring with 54 seconds left in the game after Penguins goaltender Brent Johnson had been pulled.

Pittsburgh had three straight penalties in the game's first 13 minutes and continued its sloppy play into the second period.

Johnson, making his first start for the Penguins, had 22 saves but received little support.

"There's really no excuse, we weren't good at all," Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby said. "We didn't find a way to get into the game and it seemed like an uphill battle all night."

In Vancouver, British Columbia, Henrik Sedin scored twice in a 3:37 span of the second period and had an assist to lead Vancouver to its first victory of the season.

Ryan Kesler, Mason Raymond and Steve Bernier scored their first goals of the season late in the first period, and Mikael Samuelsson and Alex Burrows scored 19 seconds apart in the third to help Vancouver avoid the first 0-4 start in franchise history. Tomas Plekanec scored for Montreal.


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