NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Phoenix|
(Thursday, October 27th)
Final Score: Phoenix 5, New Jersey 3
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Ray Whitney registered two goals and one
assist, Mike Smith made 31 saves and the Phoenix Coyotes earned a 5-3 win over
the New Jersey Devils.
Keith Yandle, Radim Vrbata and David Schlemko each had two assists for the
Coyotes, who were held to four goals during its three-game skid at home.
"As a group, we played much better for the entire game," Whitney said.
Johan Hedberg yielded five goals on 42 shots for New Jersey, which has dropped
three of four.
"We were chasing from behind all night," said New Jersey head coach Peter
DeBoer. "They came at us in the first period and dictated the play. We had a
little bit of a pushback."
Even after the first period on goals from Patrick O'Sullivan and Zach Parise,
Mark Fayne put the Devils up 2-1 with a blast from the point at the 5:28 mark
of the middle stanza.
The Coyotes then scored four consecutive goals.
Whitney's 99th career power-play goal tied the game at 11:24 of the second.
The veteran forward gathered a puck at the bottom of the right circle and
fired a shot over the left pad and under the glove of Hedberg. Raffi Torres
buried a juicy rebound to put Phoenix in front with 49 seconds to go in the
Martin Hanzal converted a feed from Whitney to make it 4-2 at 12:16 of the
third, then returned the favor a little over two minutes later, setting up
Whitney for his second tally.
New Jersey got a goal from Nick Palmieri late in regulation.
The Devils have lost seven of the last 10 meetings in Phoenix...The Coyotes
were 1-for-4 on the power play...New Jersey failed to score on its lone chance
with the man advantage.
10/28 01:56:08 ET