NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at New Jersey|
(Thursday, March 27th)
Final Score: Phoenix 3, New Jersey 2 (SO)
Newark, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Mikkel Boedker scored the lone goal in the
shootout, as the Phoenix Coyotes clipped the New Jersey Devils, 3-2, on
Thursday at Prudential Center.
After New Jersey's Damien Brunner came up empty to start the shootout, Boedker
followed with a nifty backhander over Martin Brodeur before Thomas Greiss
turned away the final two Devils to send Phoenix to its second straight win.
Kyle Chipchura and Chris Summers supplied a goal and an assist apiece, while
Greiss finished with 26 saves for the Coyotes, who remained locked in the
second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
"We score by committee," Phoenix head coach Dave Tippett said, referring to
the fact that Chipchura and Summers had combined for just four goals this
season coming into the game. "That's who we are. As long as it keeps coming it
doesn't matter who scores."
Adam Henrique and Ryane Clowe each lit the lamp for the Devils, who have lost
an NHL-record 13 consecutive shootouts dating back to last season. Brodeur
registered 25 saves in the setback.
"No way around it. (Shootout losses) are part of the reason the playoffs are
getting tougher (to make)," Brodeur said. "It would've been better with two
points but we have to be happy with what we did."
Despite the loss, New Jersey moved within four points of an Eastern Conference
wild-card spot. Columbus, Detroit, Washington and Toronto all sit tied for the
two spots with 80 points.
Summers' marker with 3:03 left in the second staked Phoenix to a 2-0 lead, but
the Devils broke through in the final second of the frame to head into the
third trailing by just one.
With time winding down in the second, Jon Merrill carried the puck below the
goal line on the left side before throwing it toward the crease. Clowe, who
was knocked down in front, had the puck deflect off his body and in with 0.3
ticks left on the clock to bring New Jersey within 2-1.
Henrique potted the equalizer 10:32 into the third, as he dug the puck free
behind the Phoenix net before stuffing it past Greiss' left pad to tie the
tilt at 2-2.
New Jersey outshot Phoenix 3-2 in overtime, but the Devils were unable to get
anything past Greiss to send the game to a shootout.
Early on, Chipchura gave the Coyotes a 1-0 lead just 2:21 into the contest
when he threw a shot on net from just below the right circle that snuck under
the right pad of Brodeur.
Summers' heavy slapper from the high slot snuck through the five-hole of a
screened Brodeur at 16:57 of the second to make it 2-0 Phoenix.
Summers registered his second NHL goal ... Coyotes forward David Moss suffered
a lower-body injury and did not return ... Brodeur was credited with his 45th
career assist on Henrique's goal ... New Jersey has scored just once (Reid
Boucher on Dec. 4 vs. Montreal) in 28 shootout attempts this season ... The
Devils went 0-for-4 on the power play.
03/27 23:01:00 ET