Coyotes’ 45-save effort by Vejmelka leads them past Maple Leafs in low scoring affair

Ryan Dzingel scored 2 goals, Karel Veselka stopped 45 shots, and the Arizona Coyotes beat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 2-1, Wednesday night in Glendale.

Dzingel played his first game since Dec. 10 and scored two goals, matching his previous season output.

Auston Matthews scored at 14 seconds of the third period (24th). He was assisted by Jake Muzzin, Michael Bunting and Michael Bunting. The goal set a franchise record for Matthews, who grew up in nearby Scottsdale — his ninth consecutive road-game goal, breaking the record previously held by Babe Dye, Frank Mahovlich and Daniel Marios.

Toronto couldn’t stop Vejmelka during the first period. Matthews stopped 35 shots just before Matthews beat Matthews over his left shoulder. The Arizona game was the Maple Leafs first in Arizona since November 2019.

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Even though Toronto had only 16 of the first 18 shots, Toronto scored first. Ryan Dzingel played in his first game since Dec. 10. He scored an unassisted goal from the front of he net.

Petr Mrazek was the Toronto goalie and had 16 saves. He played just two games since November, his fourth game of the season. He was sidelined for 20 games due to a groin injury.

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Arizona sent Victor Soderstrom, Vladislav Kolyachonok, and Iva Prosvetov, coyotes defencemen to the taxi squad after Andre Tourigny was sidelined by COVID-19. All three were called up Wednesday night.

The Maple Leafs were without forwards Pierre Engvall or Mitch Marner. This was also a violation of safety and health protocols.