Jeremy Roenick scored three goals to help make goalie Sean Burke's Phoenix debut a success as the Coyotes beat the visiting New Jersey Devils, 4-2, last night.
Burke, obtained Nov. 19 in a trade with Florida, stopped 35 shots for the Coyotes, who grabbed their season-high fourth-straight victory.
"It's a mental thing," said Burke. "If you don't get a win in the first game you start to press a little bit. It's a relief. I was really nervous today, until I got on the ice."
Teppo Numminen also scored for the Coyotes. Scott Niedermayer and Petr Sykora scored for the Devils, who played without suspended Bobby Holik, their top goal scorer.
Roenick's hat trick was his first since joining the Coyotes three seasons ago.
New Jersey failed to score on any of its four power plays against the Coyotes, the league's top penalty killers.
* SENATORS 6, THRASHERS 3: Vaclav Prospal had two goals and an assist as visiting Ottawa tied a team record with a five-goal period. Ottawa, which had lost three straight and four of five games, overcame a 3-0 first-period deficit with its five-goal second period against Atlanta goalie Scott Langkow.
"We feel like we have a system that can be effective if our players execute when they're supposed to," said Ottawa Coach Jacques Martin, whose club moved into a first-place tie with Toronto in the Northeast Division. "Unfortunately, that doesn't always happen."
* FLAMES 2, BLACKHAWKS 1: Cory Stillman scored at 2:05 of overtime to give the host Flames the victory. Calgary, which has an NHL-high six overtime victories this season, extended its season-high winning streak to three.