NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Phoenix
(Thursday, January 14th)
Final Score: Phoenix 4, New Jersey 3
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Daniel Winnik and Zbynek Michalek scored 1:16 apart in the third period, as the Phoenix Coyotes edged the New Jersey Devils, 4-3.
Matthew Lombardi and Peter Mueller also tallied for the Coyotes, who snapped a three-game skid and a four-game winless streak at home. Ilya Bryzgalov made 31 saves in the win.
Brian Rolston scored twice and Travis Zajac also lit the lamp for New Jersey, which has dropped two of three. Martin Brodeur stopped 15 shots in defeat.
"We had some good opportunities to get back into it, but too little, too late," Rolston said. "I thought we played a strong game tonight."
Phoenix squandered a two-goal advantage in the second period, but Winnik gave the Desert Dogs a 3-2 lead at 11:52 of the third. Vernon Fiddler sent a pass from the right corner to the slot for Winnik, who swatted the puck over Brodeur's outstretched pad.
New Jersey defenseman Mark Fraser clipped the goal-scorer with a high stick on the play, and Phoenix converted on the subsequent power play as Michalek unleashed a laser from the point that eluded Brodeur.
Rolston's bullet from the left point trimmed the deficit to 4-3 with 4:44 remaining, but the Devils couldn't complete the comeback a second time.
"It was a tight game. I thought (New Jersey) really dictated play in the second period, but I liked the way our guys came back and responded," said Phoenix head coach Dave Tippett.
The Coyotes built a 2-0 lead in the opening frame on goals by Lombardi and Mueller. New Jersey, though, responded in the middle stanza.
Rolston accepted a long outlet pass from Rod Pelley and fired a shot past Bryzgalov to put the visitors on the board at the 9:31 mark. Zajac's slap shot from the high slot tied the game with 5:54 left in the second.
Zach Parise collected an assist on Zajac's goal for his 300th NHL point...Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski finished serving a two-game suspension for an elbow to the head of Islanders rookie John Tavares...Both clubs are in action Saturday. New Jersey visits the surprising Avalanche, while Phoenix hosts the Wild.
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