courtesy of The Hockey News
Saturday’s honor goes to Phoenix Coyotes keeper Ilya Bryzgalov who shut the door on the red hot Vancouver Canucks helping his team win 5-1. Bryzgalov made 34 saves and had a shutout up till 1:45 in the game when Canucks winger Alex Burrows cashed in on a rebound. The loss ended Vancouver’s four-game winning streak while this was only Phoenix’s second win in the month of March.
The game had a rather strange highlight as Viktor Tikhonov scored on a empty-net delayed call play. Tikhonov was called for a hooking penalty, he touched the puck inside the Vancouver line, but did not maintain control. When Vancouver defenseman Shane O’Brien attempted to poke check, the puck—last touched by Tikhonov— slide into a vacated Vancouver net. As some of you make recall Tikhonov is named after his grandfather who was one of Russia’s most famous hockey coaches. Below is the goal courtesy of the NHL.