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Coyotes cough up two-goal lead, manage to defeat Devils in shootout

Mar 27, 2014, 10:17 PM EST

The Phoenix Coyotes nearly surrendered valuable points on Thursday.

The Coyotes grabbed a two-goal lead but then promptly coughed that up before defeating the New Jersey Devils by a final score of 3-2 in the shootout. Mikkel Boedker scored the lone goal in the skills competition, roofing the puck on a pretty backhand move that beat Martin Brodeur.

Coyotes forward David Moss left the game in the second period with a lower-body injury and did not return.

The Devils began the comeback thanks to a goal from Ryane Clowe with only 0.3 seconds remaining in the second period. But Phoenix eventually prevailed. The two points were huge for the Coyotes, as they look to maintain their hold on a playoff position in the Western Conference.

They still remain in the second and final Wild Card spot in the West, now five points ahead of the ninth-place and idle Dallas Stars. But rather than looking behind them, the Coyotes have a new target in front of them. The win over New Jersey moved Phoenix to within a single point of the struggling Minnesota Wild for the top Wild Card.

The Wild were in St. Louis, playing the Blues in the second half of a back-to-back set that included a loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday.

The Coyotes also completed a three-game road trip through the Eastern Conference.

It got off to an anxious start, with the injury to goalie Mike Smith against the New York Rangers. Yet, Phoenix was able to get five of a possible six points with back-up puck stopper Thomas Greiss.

  1. blomfeld - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    GOOD-BYE VANCOUVER

    As an ardent, sexy and ‘law abiding’ supporter of the reigning SC Champion LA Kings who ‘cares’ for the Canucks, this victory tonight by Bettman’s ‘experiment in the desert’ must surely be the final nail in the coffin for Torts and crew eh ? It’s a shame, as people like Bieska, the Sisters and Burrows ‘mean well’ and all no doubt … however 2013-14 just isn’t shaping out to be their year ? God speed friends …

  2. guitarhunterdude - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    And after the…um…”game” the Wild just (supposedly) played against the Blues, it looks to me like Phoenix will have that top wildcard spot on lockdown.

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