Coyle, Bryzgalov lead Wild past Jets 1-0

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 7, 2014 at 11:31 pm •  Published: April 7, 2014
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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Ilya Bryzgalov didn't have much to say Monday night. He let the Winnipeg Jets fans do all the talking.

Bryzgalov made 24 saves and Charlie Coyle scored in the second period and as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Jets 1-0.

Bryzgalov, who is rarely short of words off the ice, was taunted a few times by the home crowd with chants of "Il-Ya!" He answered the catcalls with a series of arm gestures.

"I want to show them, 'Get louder!'" said Bryzgalov, who Minnesota acquired at the trade deadline from Edmonton. "It sounds like a good tradition. It became a good tradition every time I play here."

Coyle's one-timer off a pass from Zach Parise at 1:05 of the second came just after a penalty to Winnipeg defenseman Mark Stuart had expired.

"Mikko (Koivu) made a nice pass down to Zach and Zach just put it through a guy and found me," Coyle said. "And I just tried to throw it on net and it happened to go in, so it was a great play by those guys."

The Wild (41-26-12) closed in on a playoff berth in the Western Conference with the win. Minnesota would need to lose its final three games with Phoenix winning four straight in order for the Wild to miss the playoffs.

Bryzgalov wasn't bothered by the crowd while earning his fourth shutout of the season. He also improved to 6-0-3 since joining his new club.

"They keep the game simple for me, let me see the shots," Bryzgalov said of his new teammates. "They block a lot of shots. I just go on the ice and play hard to try to give the team a chance to win the game. The guys play in front of me unbelievable."

The Jets' Michael Hutchinson, a 24-year-old rookie who began the season in the ECHL, made his first career NHL start with regular backup Al Montoya still dealing with a lower-body injury. His only blemish on 17 shots came on Coyle's one-timer.