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Added November 24th, 2010 by Chalk

Coyotes Win Seventh Straight
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The Phoenix Coyotes won their seventh straight game on Tuesday night, easily dispatching the Edmonton Oilers 5-0 to move into first place in the Pacific Division. After a 4-5-5 start, the Coyotes are 7-0-2 in their last nine. Tuesday, goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov got his 17th career shutout, and first in over seven months.

Not that Bryzgalov needed to be that great since Martin Hanzal and Lee Stempniak each had a pair of goals. Hanzal opened the scoring just 48 seconds into the game, and Wojtek Wolski made it 2-0 two minutes into the second period, assisted by Stempniak.

Hanzal thinks his team’s turnaround has been pretty basic. “Early in the season, we were undisciplined,” said  23-year-old Czech who was a first-round pick in 2005. “Once we stopped taking penalties and putting ourselves in bad spots, we started winning games. It was pretty easy.

Coyotes coach Dave Tippett, who was named Coach of the Year last year in his first season leading Phoenix, still feels his team has a long ways to go before people should get too excited. “We’re only just past the 20-game mark,” Tippett said. “I’ll get excited when I feel we’re good enough to do something. Give all the credit in the world to these guys for how hard they’re working, but it’s early.”

Coyotes fans apparently agree, as before Tuesday’s game attendance in Phoenix was averaging a league-worst 10,265 per game. This led Fox Sports Arizona to opine that “the average Coyotes home game feels like an Adam Sandler movie in its third week of release.”

While the Coyotes moved into first in their division and just one point behind the Red Wings for best in the Western Conference, the Oilers remain three points behind Calgary with the worst record in the West at 5-11-4. Oilers coach Tom Renney was not pleased with how his team played coming off a win in Anaheim two days earlier. “We win a game and we figure we’re hoisting the Cup or something, I don’t know,” said Renney. “It’s a joke. The battle level was nonexistent tonight. The pride in the jersey was not close to where it needed to be. It was an absolute joke, a travesty.”

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