Coyotes snap slide with 4-3 win over Devils

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PHOENIX (Reuters) - The Phoenix Coyotes got the better of goalie Martin Brodeur in a 4-3 win over the New Jersey Devils Thursday, ending a three-game losing streak with a confidence-boosting triumph over the Eastern Conference leaders.

Phoenix (27-16-5) took early control through Matthew Lombardi and Peter Mueller scores late in the first, but the Devils (32-12-1) tied the game in the second when Brian Rolston and Travis Zajac responded for the visitors.

Rolston also tallied the last score of the game with 3:44 to go in a contest that saw him snap a nine-game scoring drought. The Coyotes held on in the end, Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov doing his part with 31 stops in the win.

"We allowed them to come back in the game and we just kind of stepped on it at the end," Winnik told reporters.

The Phoenix center was clipped in the face following his goal in the third and ended up with a bloody nose.

"He paid the price to win," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. "That's not a bad thing. I'd take a bleeding nose for a win, wouldn't you?"

Brodeur's performance came a game after he recorded a career-high 51 saves in a win against the New York Rangers. It was his NHL record 107th shutout as he already holds the all-time goaltending mark for wins and games played.

The Coyotes had been playing inconsistently on offense and were again without one of the top scoring defenseman in Ed Jovanovski who served the second of a two-game suspension after hitting a player with an elbow Saturday.

(Reporting by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by John O'Brien)