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Scottie Upshall hadn’t scored in 18 straight games. Then, on Tuesday while with the Flyers, Upshall ended his scoring slump with a goal. Wednesday, he was traded to the Coyotes. Then, on Thursday, Upshall scored in his second straight game against the Bruins, to help Phoenix to a 2-1 win.
Nigel Dawes, another new Coyote, assisted on the game-winning goal at 7:52 of the second period. Despite only mustering 18 shots all game, the Coyotes earned their 28th win of the season.
Tim Thomas was OK, allowing two goals on 18 shots. The Upshall goal in the first was on the power play, which isn’t easy to defend. In fact, in the first period, the Coyotes only had one shot on goal with even strength
The Coyotes scored in the second with even strength on the ice, as Steve Reinprecht scored his 11th goal.
Chuck Kobasew got the scoring started at 7:09 of the first period, but the Bruins’ remaining 26 shots (including 11 in the third period) failed to find the back of the net.
The Bruins, who have lost 9 of 12, face Chicago Saturday afternoon as they look to get off their recent rough skid.