GLENDAL, Arizona (AP) – Ryan Dzingel scored two goals, Karel Vimelka stopped 45 shots, and the Arizona Coyotes beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 on Wednesday night.
Dzingel, who played his first game since December 10, equaled his output the previous season with two goals.
Austin Matthews scored 14 seconds in the third game (24) from Jake Muzin and Michael Banting. The goal set a record for the Matthews franchise, who had grown up in nearby Scottsdale – his ninth consecutive goal in a road game, breaking the records previously held by Pep Day, Frank Mahofflish and Daniel Marius.
In the first two runs, Toronto was unable to resolve Vejmelka, who held 35 rounds before Matthews hit him over his left shoulder. This was the Maple Leafs’ first game in Arizona since November 2019.
The Coyotes scored first even though Toronto had 16 of their first 18 shots in the game. Ryan Dzingel, playing in his first game since December 10, scored an unaided goal in front of goal.
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Toronto goalkeeper Peter Mrazek saved 16 balls while playing only his second game since November and fourth this season. He missed 20 matches due to a thigh injury.
With the COVID-19 outbreak taking away Coyotes coach Andre Tourigny as well as goalkeeper Scott Wedgewood and defender Anton Stralman, Arizona recalled defenders Victor Sodström and Vladislav Kolyachonok and goalkeeper Eva Prosvetov to its taxi squad. All three call-ups were in the lineup Wednesday night.
The Maple Leafs were still without strikers Pierre Ingevall and Mitch Marner, as well as in health and safety protocols.
Maple Leafs: Toronto has only been closed once this season, 2-0 on November 20 by Pittsburgh.
Wolves: Kolyachonok made his NHL debut on Wednesday. The 20-year-old Belarusian was Florida’s second-round pick in the 2019 draft…. The Wolves have won all three games they’ve led after two stints this season.
Maple Leafs: In St. Louis on Saturday night.
Wolves: In Colorado on Friday night.
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