NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at New Jersey
(Tuesday, December 2nd)
Final Score: Phoenix 3, New Jersey 1
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - David Tanabe set up the go-ahead goal and scored another during a span of 66 seconds in the third period, lifting the Phoenix Coyotes to a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils at the Meadowlands.
Tyson Nash and Chris Gratton also scored for Phoenix, which is 2-0-1 in its last three after losing three in a row. Sean Burke finished with 27 saves in the victory. The Coyotes also snapped an 0-5-5-1 road skid, winning for the first time away from home since October 15 at Florida.
Jay Pandolfo scored the lone goal for the Devils, who are 0-2-1 in three games on the heels of a franchise-record-tying 13-game unbeaten streak (10-0-3). New Jersey has scored just twice in those three contests.
Martin Brodeur made 20 saves in defeat. The Devils, coming off a 1-1-2 road trip, lost for the first time in their last nine home games (7-1-1).
The Coyotes scored twice during a 4-on-4 situation to break a 1-1 tie.
Tanabe took a feed from Radoslav Suchy and raced out of his own zone with the puck. The defenseman split New Jersey's Scott Stevens and Brian Rafalski as he crossed the Devil blue line, and fed a pass to the left circle for Gratton, who slipped a shot past Brodeur on the stick side for his fourth goal of the season with 8:16 remaining.
Moments later, Shane Doan slapped the puck off the boards to clear the Phoenix zone and Tanabe came away with the puck. Tanabe sped past New Jersey's Scott Niedermayer into the left circle and snapped a high shot past Brodeur on the glove side for his third goal.
Burke stopped all nine shots he faced in the third period, as Phoenix halted a five-game losing streak in New Jersey.
The Devils had the better of the play during a scoreless first period, outshooting the Coyotes 14-8. New Jersey also had three power plays and failed to convert, then had a golden chance while shorthanded in the final minute of the stanza.
Pandolfo broke into the Phoenix zone alone and rifled a shot from the slot that Burke gloved for his best save of the period.
The Coyotes took a 1-0 lead at 3:25 of the second period when Nash made a great play to score his second goal of the season. Cale Hulse took a shot from the right point that Brodeur stopped, but Landon Wilson was able to poke the rebound free in the crease and Nash leaped over the netminder to sweep the puck into the cage.
The Devils tied it at the 9:02 mark on Pandolfo's sixth goal. John Madden sent the puck to the left point for Tommy Albelin, who snapped a shot toward the net. Pandolfo was cruising through the slot and tipped it past Burke.
Burke improved to 4-7-4 lifetime against the Devils. He broke into the NHL with New Jersey in 1988 and helped the Devils reach the Eastern Conference finals that spring...The Devils lost at home for the first time since October 25 against Boston...Phoenix hadn't won in New Jersey since a 4-3 overtime triumph on December 7, 1996...The Coyotes are 1-0-1 on a five-game road trip that continues Thursday in Buffalo.
12/02 22:10:42 ET