PRAGUE (AP)—Radim Vrbata(notes) scored twice and added an assist to lead the
Phoenix Coyotes past the Boston Bruins 5-2 in their NHL season-opening game in
the Czech capital Saturday.
Nathan Horton(notes) scored twice for Boston in the third period.
Vrbata, a Czech right winger, pleased the home crowd in O2 Arena 7:59 into
the game, scoring on a rebound off Adrian Aucoin’s(notes) slap shot.
The Coyotes jumped to a commanding 4-0 lead in the second with goals from
Taylor Pyatt(notes), Scottie Upshall(notes) and Eric Belanger(notes).
Boston fought back with Horton’s goals, but Vrbata scored his second into
the empty net.
Phoenix and Boston play the second and final game of their series in Prague