Final

Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series tied 1-1

Game 1: Thursday, November 1st
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Devils5
Game 2: Tuesday, March 5th
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Coyotes4

Devils 1

(27-24-3, 66 pts)

Coyotes 4

(28-22-5, 69 pts)

9:00 PM ET, March 5, 2002

US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona

1 2 3 T
NJ 0 0 11
ARI 2 0 24

S. Burke (Coyotes - G): Saves: 26, Save Pct.: .963

M. Johnson (Coyotes - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

S. Gomez (Devils - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Burke stops 26 of 27 shots from the Devils

PHOENIX -- Sean Burke and the Phoenix Coyotes are enjoying an Olympic afterglow.

Sean Burke

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."

Landon Wilson, Ladislav Nagy, Drake Berehowsky and Mike Johnson scored for the Coyotes, 4-0-1-1 in their last six games. Phoenix moved into a tie with Dallas for seventh place in the Western Conference, two points ahead of both Vancouver and Edmonton.

"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 retirement.

"I gave up the early one and they seemed to get their legs," Vanbiesbrouck said. "They were coming pretty hard. Goals will do that."

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 goal.

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 13th goal.

"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 happened."

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 remaining.

Game notes


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 Phoenix/Winnipeg franchise.

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