Dzingel, Vejmelka lift Coyotes past Maple Leafs | The Canadian News

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Ryan Dzingel scored two goals, Karel Vejmelka stopped 45 shots and the Arizona Coyotes beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 on Wednesday.

Dzingel, playing his first game since Dec. 10, matched his two-goal production from the previous season.

Auston Matthews scored 14 seconds into the third period (24) from Jake Muzzin and Michael Bunting. The goal set a franchise record for Matthews, who grew up in nearby Scottsdale: his ninth consecutive away goal, breaking the record previously held by Babe Dye, Frank Mahovlich and Daniel Marios.

In the first two periods, Toronto couldn’t get past Vejmelka, who stopped 35 shots before Matthews got him over the left shoulder. It was the Maple Leafs’ first game in Arizona since November 2019.

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The Coyotes scored first even though Toronto had 16 of the game’s first 18 shots. Ryan Dzingel, playing in his first match since Dec. 10, scored an unassisted goal from the front of the net.

Toronto goalie Petr Mrazek had 16 saves while playing just his second game since November and fourth of the season. He missed 20 games with a groin injury.


With an outbreak of COVID-19 sidelining Coyotes coach Andre Tourigny, as well as goaltender Scott Wedgewood and defenseman Anton Stralman, Arizona called up defensemen Victor Soderstrom and Vladislav Kolyachonok and goaltender Iva Prosvetov to the team. taxis. All three calls were in the lineup on Wednesday night.

The Maple Leafs were still without forwards Pierre Engvall and Mitch Marner, also under health and safety protocols.


Maple Leafs: Toronto has only been shut out once this season, 2-0 on Nov. 20 at Pittsburgh.

Coyotes: Kolyachonok made his NHL debut on Wednesday. The 20-year-old Belarus native was a second-round pick out of Florida in the 2019 draft. … The Coyotes have won all three games they’ve led after two periods this season.


Maple Leafs: In St. Louis on Saturday night.

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Coyotes: In Colorado on Friday night.


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