NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Phoenix|
(Saturday, January 18th)
Final Score: Phoenix 3, New Jersey 2
Glendale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Martin Hanzal tallied a goal and an assist
as the Phoenix Coyotes prevailed in a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils.
Jordan Szwarz and Jeff Halpern also scored, and Keith Yandle supplied two
helpers in the Coyotes' second straight win after a four-game slump. Mike
Smith made 32 saves in the victory.
New Jersey received a power-play marker from Ryane Clowe and Jaromir Jagr
scored late in the third. Martin Brodeur allowed all three goals on 27 shots
as the Devils dropped their second straight contest.
"You're either part of the problem or the solution. He's definitely helping us
and becoming part of the solution," Devils coach peter DeBoer said.
Phoenix scored the lone goal of the middle period at 14:22 while on the man
advantage. Brodeur made the initial save on a shot from Yandle, but Hanzal was
there to backhand the rebound for his 14th of the season to make it 3-1 for
Jagr whacked home Clowe's shot from the boards with less than three minutes
remaining and Brodeur pulled to account for the final score. Jagr's marker was
his 696th all-time, two ahead of rival Mark Messier for seventh in league
After the Coyotes dumped the puck into the New Jersey zone, Kyle Chipchura
sent a quick pass to Szwarz in the slot, who opened the scoring with a
wrister 2:35 into the first.
"It is a great night for me. Our line has been playing well recently. It was
nice to get rewarded early and get a goal for our team," Szwarz said.
Jeff Halpern notched his second of the season with a wrister over the glove of
Brodeur to make it 2-0 with just under seven minutes to go in the opening
The Devils got one back late in the first. Eric Gelinas fired a shot from the
point and Clowe wristed a rebound over a sprawled Smith at the side of the net
on the power play with 1:16 remaining.
Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett notched his 450th win as an NHL head coach and
his 100th home victory for Phoenix ... The Coyotes improved to 12-7-4 this
season in games when they score a power-play goal ... This was the first
matchup between the two teams since October of 2011.
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