Coyotes hold off Devils 3-2
- Article by: JOHN MARSHALL
- Associated Press
- January 18, 2014 - 9:55 PM
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Martin Hanzal had a goal and an assist, and the Phoenix Coyotes held off the New Jersey Devils 3-2 Saturday night to give coach Dave Tippett his 450th career victory.
Jeff Halpern scored for Phoenix and Jordan Szwarz also had a goal before playing the third period with stiches in his chin after being cut with a skate late in the second. Phoenix has its first winning streak since Dec. 10-12 and gave Tippett his 100th home win with the Coyotes.
New Jersey got off to a sluggish start at the end of a four-game road trip before rallying to make it close. Ryane Clowe had a goal and an assist and Jaromir Jagr scored his 696th career goal with 2:14 left in regulation.
Jagr had another good chance with just over a minute left, but was stopped by Mike Smith, who had 32 saves.
Phoenix got back to its defensive roots in its last game Thursday night, beating Vancouver 1-0 behind Smith's first shutout of the season and the return of defenseman Zbynek Michalek after he missed 13 games with a hip injury.
Before that, the Coyotes had been erratic in their own end and lost 12 of their previous 16 games.
New Jersey has had the opposite problem.
The Devils have been solid behind the blue line lately, allowing six goals over the past five games. The problem has been scoring: New Jersey has scored 117 goals, 25th in the league.
The Coyotes were sharp early and got a couple of goals from their fourth line in the first period.
Kyle Chipchura tracked down the puck behind the goal and sent a pass out front to Szwarz, who one-timed it past Martin Brodeur's stick side for Phoenix's first even-strength goal in more than 184 minutes.
Halpern made it 2-0 by taking a feed from Moss and beating Brodeur to the glove side from the left circle for his second of the season.
Phoenix dominated most of the first period, but New Jersey got on the board when Clowe punched in a power-play rebound for his second of the season at 18:44.
Hanzal put the Coyotes up 3-1 late in the second on a power play, tipping a shot by Keith Yandle then muscling it past Brodeur for his 14th of the season.
Jagr cut the lead to one after New Jersey pulled Brodeur for an extra attacker, but Smith made some tough saves in the final minute.
NOTES: The Coyotes have scored a power-play goal in seven straight games. ... New Jersey had killed off 16 of 17 penalties before Hanzal's goal with the man advantage. ... The Coyotes and Devils had not played since Oct. 27, 2011, a 5-3 win by the Coyotes in Glendale. ... The Devils have lost four straight in Arizona, dating to 2003.
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