Glendale, AZ - The New Jersey Devils have not played the Phoenix Coyotes in over two years and it was not the reunion they had hoped for.
Losing by a final of 3-2, it was the first time the Devils lost in regulation in six games.
The Coyotes fourth line was triumphant tonight, scoring two goals in the opening period. Jordan Szwarz scored his third goal on the season just 2:35 into the game. Ten minutes later, that same line scored on a break out when Jeff Halpern put a wrist shot past the glove of Martin Brodeur.
Ryane Clowe resumed his hot streak after a one game hiatus, scoring a power play goal at 18:44 in the opening period. The goal was put home on a rebound after Michael Ryder tipped a Eric Gelinas shot.
In the second period the Coyotes got a power play goal of their own. This was one Brodeur is going to regret. He made the initial save, but while he was trying to cover the puck Martin Hanzal poked it out. The puck trickled into the net.
Brodeur looked spotty at times tonight and the goals he gave up were fairly soft, especially the first and last goals of the game.
The Coyotes sat back in the third period to protect the lead, only generating one shot while giving up 11.
Brodeur was pulled with 2:30 remaining in the final period. The Devils scored just 16-seconds later when Jaromir Jagr deflected a shot from Clowe for his 15th goal of the year.
But the Devils could not break through again after a flurry of chances in the final minute.
The Devils have two days off before returning home to play a very good Saint Louis Blues team who just lost their 10th game of the year.