When three defensemen, two forwards and a goalie are on the list of scratches things may not be well. With Paul Bissonnette, Brandon Gormley, Derek Morris, Mike Ribeiro, David Schlemko and Mike Smith not even dressed, things may have looked a little grim; that didn't improve much when David Moss went to the locker room after a bad hit in the first period, but the Coyotes found a way to snag victory from the jaws of losing-a-two-goal-lead-itis in a game that will hopefully set the tone for the final eight games to come.

The Coyotes came out strong in the first as Kyle Chipchura scored what will possibly go down as one of the dirtiest goals of the season. In a flurry of action near the net the puck was everywhere, but somehow made it's way from Chris Summers to Lauri Korpikoski to Chipchura and finally behind Martin Brodeur.

It wasn't much later, that the Coyotes found themselves on the penalty kill as Summers went to the box for slashing New Jersey's Tuomo Ruutu. The PK looked pretty good, outside of a nasty bit in the last few seconds where the Devils nearly found a hole in the Yotes' defense, but still managed to not get a single shot off.

Most of the rest of the period was played in the Devils' zone as they fell prey to three consecutive penalties. Though the Coyote's power play looked good and managed five shots, they were unable to close the deal and ended the period up 1-0.

The second period was a good effort that ended in a strange way. Just over two minutes into the period, Korpikoski went to the box for hooking Adam Henrique. The Devils didn't score, despite some solid opportunities. However, the Coyotes gave them a second chance as Zbynek Michalek took a two minute break for tripping Henrique. Between the two penalties, New Jersey managed to get five shots on net but nothing broke through.

With the second period almost over the Coyotes had yet to pull further ahead, but then a slick pass from Chipchura to Summers, helped out by a screen from Brandon McMillan, slid through Brodeur's five-hole giving the Coyotes a 2-0 lead. Not to be undone, the Devils still had a trick up their sleeves.