Coyotes Give Gretzky 100th Win

4-0 blanking of Kings is Gretzky's 100th as coach
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2008 3:36 AM CST
Coyotes Give Gretzky 100th Win
Phoenix Coyotes' Radim Vrbata, right, of the Czech Republic, scores past Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jason LaBarbera during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Monday, Feb. 18, 2008 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – The Phoenix Coyotes secured the 100th coaching win for Number 99 with a 4-0 domination of the Kings, their sixth defeat of Los Angeles this season. Wayne Gretzky's decision to replace goalie Ilya Bryzgalov with Mikael Tellqvist paid off in full, as the backup made 34 saves to blank a frustrated Kings line, the Los Angeles Times reports.

While the Kings look ahead to possible moves before the trade deadline, Phoenix is hoping to keep things on track. The Coyotes already have as many wins as they collected all last season, and have been confounding opponents. "They play well against us,and we have a lot of trouble scoring against them for some reason," said the Kings' Jack Johnson. (Read more NHL stories.)

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