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Coyotes 2, Bruins 1, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Coyotes 2, Bruins 1, OT
Phoenix Coyotes 2, Boston Bruins 1

BOSTON (AP) - Ladislav Nagy was there with a pass when the Phoenix Coyotes tied it up. He handled the winning goal all by himself.

Nagy picked up the puck deep in the Phoenix zone and skated the length of the ice before wristing it in just 30 seconds into overtime to give the Coyotes a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Sunday. He also assisted when Mike Johnson scored in regulation for his fifth goal in three games.

``I have a lot of confidence in Mike Johnson and (Jamie) Lundmark right now,'' said Nagy, who has nine goals and 22 points in his last 13 games. ``Everything is going in for us. So we've got to keep going.''

The Coyotes have won three consecutive games, with Johnson scoring twice in each of the previous two. He had just one on Sunday, pushing a rebound through Hannu Toivonen's pads to tie the game just 24 seconds into a Phoenix power play and 66 seconds into the third period.

``We've been giving a solid effort throughout the game all season, so we're not concerned going into the third period down one goal,'' Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky said.

``Nags has been solid. He's getting better and more confident every night. Both him and Johnson are scoring a lot of points and killing penalties. The team is relying on them right now.''

Johnson took a puck off his neck and left the game with 5:06 remaining in regulation. Gretzky said he was OK and ready to take the next shift in overtime.

But Nagy made sure he didn't have to, taking the puck near the circles in his zone and skating down the ice, drawing a defender and then wristing a shot past Toivonen's glove hand just 30 seconds into overtime. The puck appeared to deflect off defenseman David Tanabe's skate.

``So I was a little lucky,'' Nagy said. ``But it went in, so we won.''

Curtis Joseph stopped 18 shots for the Coyotes, who hadn't won in Boston since 1996. Toivonen made 30 saves for the Bruins, who lost their third consecutive game.

``Hannu gave us a chance to win tonight,'' coach Mike Sullivan said. ``He made some key saves. He kept us in the game.''

Toivonen, who had been the backup to reigning Calder Trophy winner Andrew Raycroft, has played four of the previous five games. Sullivan said he didn't know who would start on Thursday night against Minnesota.

Brian Leetch scored a power-play goal for Boston just 2:29 into the game, but all of the chances after that seemed to be for Phoenix.

The Coyotes appeared to even it with 10:34 left in the first, but the goal was waved off because former Bruins forward Dave Scatchard bumped into Toivonen when the puck was on its way. With 2:30 left in the second, Toivonen knocked a puck off the goal line and into the post, where Milan Jurcina cleared it away.

``Their goaltender made some key saves in the second period,'' Gretzky said. ``If not for that, we could have been tied up.''

Notes: Coyotes LW Oleg Saprykin sustained a knee injury and left the game in the first period. Gretzky said he would be out 10-14 days. ... Phoenix D Denis Gauthier played in his 400th NHL game. ... Boston was 1-for-6 on the power play, and Phoenix was 1-for-7. ... Scatchard was traded by the Bruins to Phoenix on Nov. 18 for Tanabe. The center had four goals and six assists in 16 games with Boston after signing a four-year deal this summer. ... Bruins F Glen Murray was scratched with the flu.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:29
BOS
PPG - Brian Leetch (4) ASST: Marco Sturm (12), Patrice Bergeron (11)
1 - 0 BOS
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
01:06
PHX
PPG - Mike Johnson (10) ASST: Ladislav Nagy (21), Petr Nedved (6)
1 - 1 Tie
OT Period
00:30
PHX
Ladislav Nagy (12) ASST: Keith Ballard (9)
2 - 1 PHX
penalty summary
1st Period
01:06
PHX
Zbynek Michalek  Holding
08:18
BOS
Marco Sturm  Holding
10:37
BOS
Brad Boyes  Interference
13:32
BOS
Alexei Zhamnov  Hooking
2nd Period
00:30
BOS
Hal Gill  Interference
04:05
PHX
Matt Jones  Holding
12:09
PHX
Petr Nedved  Boarding
13:58
BOS
Jiri Slegr  Interference
3rd Period
00:42
BOS
Eric Nickulas  Hi-sticking
01:45
PHX
Zbynek Michalek  Holding
11:06
PHX
Curtis Joseph  Tripping
12:59
BOS
Brad Stuart  Hooking
15:26
PHX
Ladislav Nagy  Hooking
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Curtis Joseph
Curtis Joseph
SA: 19TOI: 60:30
Saves: 18EV: 17 - 17
PIM: 2PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .947SH: 0 - 0
Hannu Toivonen
SA: 32TOI: 60:30
Saves: 30EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .938SH: 3 - 3