GLENDALE, Ariz. - Despite playing with seven rookies in their lineup, the injury-plagued Flyers took control from the start, whipping the Phoenix Coyotes, 4-2, and continuing their road dominance on Saturday night at Arena.

Winger Matt Read, who could become the first rookie-of-the-year winner in franchise history, had a goal and two assists as the Flyers built a 4-0 first-period lead en route to raising their road record to 9-3-1, best in the NHL.

Read and Scott Hartnell scored first-period goals on the Flyers' rejuvenated power play, which has five goals in the last two nights. The power play was 2 for 3 Saturday after going 3 for 9 in Friday's 4-3, comeback win over Anaheim.

Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov returned to Glendale for the first time since he was dealt to the Flyers after last season. He made 36 saves and was sharp throughout the game.

"I can't explain what I felt," Bryzgalov said. "I played here for 31/2 years. . . . Part of my soul is right here."

The momentum from Friday's comeback carried into the first period.

"Lately our starts weren't that good, so that's something we talked about," said Danny Briere, who set up two of the first-period goals. "We discussed starting better, especially on back-to-back nights [when] you know it's going to be tough playing from behind."

Before Saturday's outburst, the Flyers had been outscored by 11-2 in their last six first periods.

Less than 41/2 minutes into the game, Read intercepted a clearing attempt and scored an unassisted goal to start the rout.

"The puck came off the glass and took a lucky bounce right to me," said Read, who is second among NHL rookies with 10 goals. "I didn't think the goalie was ready at all. I just shot as quick as I could."

Phoenix goalie Mike Smith, Bryzgalov's successor, has produced eye-opening numbers. But he allowed four first-period goals and was replaced by Jason LaBarbera at the start of the second period. Smith had been 12-5-3 with a 2.08 goals-against average and a staggering .936 save percentage.

Read, who went undrafted and was signed as a free agent, has his 10 goals in just 22 games.

"It's still so surreal every day," Read said after his second three-point period of the season. "I'm just trying to enjoy myself and make the best of every shift."

Less than two minutes after Read's goal, Wayne Simmonds scored on a rebound, batting a puck out of midair and past Smith. Later in the period, Claude Giroux and Hartnell increased the lead to 4-0.

Giroux's goal was his 15th, and he is tied with Toronto's Phil Kessel for the NHL lead with 32 points. Hartnell's goal was his 11th - and fifth in his last seven games.

Bryzgalov started games on back-to-back nights for the first time this season, and he beat both of his former teams. He had extra incentive Saturday. Not only was he facing his ex-team, but after his 2-1 win over Phoenix last month, he learned that two of his ex-teammates (Derek Morris and Adrian Aucoin) had said he created locker-room animosity.

Bryzgalov shrugged off those comments again Saturday, just like he easily turned aside shots. He downplayed beating the Coyotes.

"What's most important is we got the two points," he said.

The Coyotes ended his shutout on Ray Whitney's goal, the 350th of his career, with 12 minutes, 45 seconds left in the second period. The Coyotes dominated the period (a 13-6 shots edge) and forced coach Peter Laviolette to call his timeout with 9:03 to go in the stanza. They also scored in the game's final minute.

The Flyers got solid play from several first-year players. In addition to Read, the all-rookie fourth line of Sean Couturier, Zac Rinaldo, and Harry Zolnierczyk created scoring chances and energy. Rookie defensemen Marc-Andre Bourdon and Kevin Marshall played well, as did rookie center Brayden Schenn, who twice came close to scoring what would have been his first NHL goal.

"It's nice we're getting contributions from them," Laviolette said. "That fourth line tonight was excellent."

Just like the first period.

Breakaways. Simmonds ended a seven-game goal drought. . . . James van Riemsdyk missed his fourth consecutive game with an upper-body injury, while Matt Walker and Jody Shelley were healthy scratches. . . . It was the Flyers' first win here since 2003. . . . Just as in Anaheim, the crowd included a large contingent wearing orange Flyers jerseys. . . . The Flyers began the night eighth in the 30-team league on the power play, connecting on 18.8 percent of their attempts; they were tied for 15th on the penalty kill, at 83 percent.