Sean Burke will bring strong leadership to Philadelphia.
Burke stopped 26 of 27 shots and four different players scored
as the Coyotes beat the New Jersey Devils 4-1 Tuesday night to
extend their unbeaten streak in regulation time to six games.
Phoenix is 3-0-0-1 since returning to action following the
12-day hiatus for the Winter Olympics.
"The break came at a good time for us," Burke said. "We had
played a lot of games and guys were getting a little bit tired. But
we had a hard week of practice and have played a strong four games.
We just need to continue to do this."
"Elite players perform come crunch time," said Phoenix coach
Bob Francis. "There's no better statement to make than to play
well when it counts."
Scott Gomez scored his ninth goal for New Jersey, which had won
four in a row against Phoenix dating to Nov. 25, 1999.
Devils goalie John Vanbiesbrouck, who stopped 31 of 32 shots in
a 1-0 defeat against Philadelphia on Feb. 27, allowed two goals on the
first five shots he faced in his second start since coming out of
"I gave up the early one and they seemed to get their legs,"
Vanbiesbrouck said. "They were coming pretty hard. Goals will do
Wilson gave Phoenix a 1-0 lead on the game's first shot, at 3:12
of the first period. Wilson took a pass from Shane Doan just
outside the New Jersey zone, skated down the right side and bounced
a shot off the inside of Vanbiesbrouck's right skate for his fifth
The Coyotes made it 2-0 at 11:58 of the first when Daymond
Langkow rifled a shot into Vanbiesbrouck's pads, and Nagy, trailing
on a two-on-one break, tapped the puck into the vacated net for his
"I thought it was the first time since I've been here that we
got dominated in a period," said coach Kevin Constantine, whose
Devils were outshot 8-3 in the first. "The shots, the goals, the
scoring chances all favored them and that's the first time that's
The Devils broke through with 14:35 remaining as Gomez gained
control of the puck near the goal line and chipped the puck past
Burke from the tight angle to cut the lead to 2-1.
"Sean was basically flawless," Francis said. "He got caught
in a predicament on the goal. He's not only making the saves, but
he's making the saves under control. It's obvious he's anticipating
the plays before they happen."
Berehowsky extended the lead to 3-1 when he beat Vanbiesbrouck
on a wrist shot from the right boards with 12:07 to go. It was his
second goal of the season.
"I'd be lying if I said I aimed the puck at the net and it
found its way through five guys," Berehowsky said. "I didn't even
have a lane. It just found its way in."
Johnson added an empty-net goal, his third, with 48 seconds
Devils defenseman Scott Niedermayer missed his third
consecutive game with a pinched nerve. ... Vanbiesbrouck was returning
to the site of his original New Jersey debut. Vanbiesbrouck beat
the Coyotes 3-2 in Phoenix in his first game with the Devils on
March 14, 2001. ... Phoenix captain Teppo Numminen was honored
before the game for playing in his 1,000th career game Sunday.
Numminen is the first player to appear in 1,000 games for the
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Arena: US Airways Center Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Referees: Mike Hasenfratz, Dan Marouelli Linesmen: Wayne Bonney, Andy McElman
Attendance: 12,679 (78.2% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Landon Wilson (5)
Assists: Shane Doan, Radoslav Suchy
Ladislav Nagy (13)
Assists: Daymond Langkow, Mike Johnson
No scoring this period
Scott Gomez (9)
Assists: Sergei Brylin, Ken Daneyko
Drake Berehowsky (1)
Assists: Landon Wilson, Michal Handzus
Mike Johnson (3)
(Empty Net) Assist: Daymond Langkow