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No Luck In The Desert

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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No Luck In The Desert
Florida Panthers 1, Phoenix Coyotes 4

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -This one was harder on Olli Jokinen's relatives than the Phoenix Coyotes' forward.

Playing against his former Florida teammates and several friends, Jokinen capitalized on the moment and had a goal and an assist to lead the Coyotes to a 4-1 win over the Panthers on Saturday night.

Jokinen was traded from Florida to Phoenix for defensemen Keith Ballard and Nick Boynton during the offseason.

"I think it was more emotional for my family, but when you're playing, you don't think about it," Jokinen said. "It's nice to score but at the end of the day, you want your team to win."

Mikkel Boedker added a pair of goals for Phoenix, marking the first multigoal game of the rookie's early NHL career.

Florida has lost six straight (0-5-1).

"We're not playing hard enough," Ballard said. "At times we play OK, but at times we make dumb plays and it's not good."

Phoenix's Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 26 shots to improve to 5-5 this season.

With the combination of Bryzgalov's play and timely scoring, the Coyotes are learning how to win.

"We really started attacking the net in the second period, and that was the difference," Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky said. "It turned things around for us and I just thought our team played really well."

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The Panthers took an early lead when Richard Zednik scored during a goal mouth scramble at 13:49 of the opening period. It was Zednik's third point in 11 games.

The Coyotes failed to take advantage of seven power plays even though the Panthers are last in the NHL in killing penalties. Phoenix came in 19th in power-play efficiency, but couldn't convert despite a two-man advantage that lasted 1:24 of the third period.

Down 1-0 midway through the second, Phoenix got even. Peter Mueller slid the puck under the pads of Tomas Vokoun at 10:41. It was Mueller's first goal since Oct. 23 against Washington.

The Coyotes jumped ahead when Boedker scored with 2:17 left in the second. When Vokoun kicked Keith Yandle's shot from the left point to the right side, Boedker was in perfect position to knock in his fourth goal.

Early in the third period, Ballard centered the puck in his end, but the pass was intercepted by Jokinen, who beat Vokoun under the crossbar at 5:39.

"We have a way of not handling adversity very well," Panthers coach Peter DeBoor said. "That's been a problem here in the first month of the season. As soon as we face adversity, we're trying to do too much. That's not the way a team handles adversity."

Notes: Jokinen played in his 735th NHL game, passing Guy Charron the most appearances without playing in a postseason game. Charron played 12 years with Montreal, Tampa Bay, Washington and Calgary. ... Panthers D Jay Bouwmeester leads the NHL with an average of 29 minutes, 16 seconds played per game. ... Florida will conclude its western trip Sunday at Anaheim.

scoring summary
1st Period
Richard Zednik (2) ASST: Nick Boynton (4), Ville Peltonen (1)
1 - 0 FLA
2nd Period
Peter Mueller (4) ASST: Olli Jokinen (8), Keith Yandle (4)
1 - 1 Tie
Mikkel Boedker (4) ASST: Daniel Winnik (1), Keith Yandle (5)
2 - 1 PHX
3rd Period
Olli Jokinen (5) ASST: NONE
3 - 1 PHX
Mikkel Boedker (5) ASST: Martin Hanzal (5)
4 - 1 PHX
penalty summary
1st Period
Bryan McCabe  Hooking against  Olli Jokinen
Steve Reinprecht  Too many men/ice - bench
Bryan McCabe  Roughing against  Daniel Carcillo
2nd Period
Nathan Horton  Hooking against  Zbynek Michalek
3rd Period
Gregory Campbell  Hi-sticking against  Keith Yandle
Nick Boynton  Tripping against  Steve Reinprecht
Jassen Cullimore  Hooking against  Martin Hanzal
Nathan Horton  Holding against  Kurt Sauer
goalie stats
Tomas Vokoun
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 39TOI: 58:10
Saves: 35EV: 23 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 12
SV%: .897SH: 0 - 0
Ilya Bryzgalov
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 26EV: 24 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .963SH: 0 - 0