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Ex-Devil Burke made 14 saves in 1st period

12/2/2003

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- David Tanabe always had speed. The
Phoenix Coyotes defenseman showed the New Jersey Devils he also has
a finishing touch.

Tanabe had a goal and an assist in the third period Tuesday
night to lead the Phoenix Coyotes to a 3-1 victory over the New
Jersey Devils.

"It was just two outstanding efforts by David, creating the
goal by (Chris) Gratton and the goal that he scored himself,"
Coyotes coach Bob Francis said.

Tyson Nash also scored for the Coyotes and former Devils goalie
Sean Burke made 27 saves, including 14 in the first period. Phoenix
won for the second time in six games (2-3-1).

Jay Pandolfo scored for the Devils, whose winless streak was
stretched to four (0-2-2). New Jersey has a tie and a loss since a
13-game unbeaten streak that tied the team record.

"It's only a couple of loses in what, 16 games?" Devils
captain Scott Stevens said. "I don't know if we're in a slump
yet."

With the game tied at 1 in the third period and the teams
skating four-on-four, Tanabe fed Gratton for the go-ahead goal at
11:44.

Tanabe added an insurance goal 66 seconds later as he ripped a
shot from the left faceoff dot over the right shoulder of goalie
Martin Brodeur to cap a pair of remarkable shifts.

"After the second one, all I could do was come to the bench and
smile," Tanabe said. "They were a couple of pretty special
shifts, especially against a team that didn't allow a lot of
opportunities all night long."

The Devils, returning home from a four-game road trip, needed
half a period to get untracked. Their first shot came 9:45 into the
contest and triggered the 14-shot outburst for the remainder of the
period.

Burke was sharp, making point-blank stops on Turner Stevenson,
Grant Marshall, Brian Gionta and Pandolfo to keep the game
scoreless after one period.

"I was trying to keep my team in the game," Burke said. "They
have such a good team, I wanted to make sure I had a strong first
period."

The teams exchanged goals in the second.

Phoenix snapped the deadlock at 3:25 on an acrobatic goal by
Nash. Cale Hulse fired a long-range shot that Brodeur blocked. The
loose puck landed in the crease, and Nash dived over Brodeur to
knock it into the net.

New Jersey pulled even at 9:02 as Pandolfo batted Tommy
Albelin's point shot past Burke.

Game notes
The Devils will honor Stevens before their Jan. 17 home
game against the Washington Capitals. Stevens, who broke in with
Washington in 1982, recently set the NHL record for most games
played by a defenseman. ... The Devils scratched D Colin White
(bruised knee) and Scott Gomez (bruised ribs). RW Daniel Cleary and
D Brad Ference were the Phoenix scratches. ... The Coyotes had lost
five in a row in New Jersey.