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Saturday, October 17th (All times eastern)

Boston Bruins (3-3-0) at Phoenix Coyotes (4-2-0), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The surprising Phoenix Coyotes will try for their third straight victory tonight when they host the Boston Bruins at Jobing.com Arena.

The Coyotes had a tumultuous offseason as the club has been trying to secure new ownership since Jerry Moyes filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy back in May. The club also saw head coach Wayne Gretzky resign just a week before the season.

Still, all Phoenix has done so far is win four out of its first six games of the season and the club is currently tied with Los Angeles for first place in the Pacific Division.

The Coyotes are coming off a dramatic victory their last time out, as they notched an overtime victory Thursday against visiting St. Louis. Ed Jovanovski scored 3:37 into the extra session to lift Phoenix to the 3-2 decision.

Shane Doan scored on the power play and Scottie Upshall also tallied for the Coyotes. Ilya Bryzgalov made 22 saves in the win, Phoenix's first at home this season.

In the overtime, Vernon Fiddler shot the puck from a sharp angle on the left side. Chris Mason made the save, but the puck bounced in the air in front. Jovanovski came charging down the slot and deflected the disc with the shaft of his stick past an out-of-position netminder. Officials spent a couple of minutes using video to review the goal, but ultimately decided to let the score stand.

"There was a little breakdown down low and I just decided to barge the net and it went off my shaft," said Jovanovski. "Any time they take over a minute you get a little antsy. They were looking at it. It was a good goal, we'll take the two points."

Tonight's contest marks the second segment on a four-game homestand for the Coyotes, who are 1-1-0 as the host this year.

The Bruins, meanwhile, have alternated losses and wins so far this year and are 3-3-0 through six games. Boston earned a road victory Friday evening in Dallas, as Tim Thomas picked up his first shutout of the season with 27 saves to lead the Bruins to a 3-0 decision.

Marc Savard scored twice and Patrice Bergeron netted the other goal for the Bruins, who have won two of the last three games. Bergeron also notched an assist in the win.

Boston was coming off a 2-3-0 subpar season-opening homestand that ended Monday with a 4-3 defeat by Colorado. Thomas, the reigning Vezina Trophy winner, was just 1-2-0 with a 4.00 goals against average in three starts coming in to Friday. He had sat the previous two games in favor of backup Tuukka Rask.

"I was able to find the puck, partially because we played the way we wanted to play, the way we were playing for a good chunk of last season," Thomas said. "Pressuring them while still being under control."

After playing just their second road game of the year tonight, the Bruins will return to Beantown for Wednesday's test against Nashville. Boston is without Dennis Wideman for this two-game road trip as the defenseman did not travel with the club because of a left shoulder injury.

Phoenix beat the Bruins in Boston last year and is 3-1 with a tie in the last five encounters between the clubs. Tonight's game marks the only meeting of the season between these clubs.

10/17 11:04:43 ET

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