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Burke's true worth shown with victory

US$ The Phoenix Coyotes have not lost a game since the return of their golden goalie Sean Burke, who made 40 saves in a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings


Sean Burke is making the Phoenix Coyotes realize how much they missed him.

Burke made 40 saves to win for the fourth time in four games since returning from a sprained ankle as Phoenix snapped Detroit's nine-game unbeaten streak with a 4-1 victory on Friday night.

``We haven't lost since Burke's been back,'' Phoenix coach Bobby Francis. ``The team's playing well and the statement is -- we came in here and got a win.''

Burke missed 29 games with a sprained ankle, but is 4-0-0 with a shutout and has stopped 125 of 130 shots since returning. The Coyotes were 11-16-6-3 before he came back. Now, they're just one game under .500.

``He's one of those players who has the ability to bring the best out of his teammates,'' Detroit coach Dave Lewis said.

Ladislav Nagy had a goal and two assists, and Mike Johnson, Ramzi Abid and Daymond Langkow also scored for the visiting Coyotes.

``It's good for us,'' Nagy said. ``His first game back, we won 4-0. Everybody has confidence now.''

Sean Avery scored for the Red Wings, who were 6-0-3 in their previous nine.

Nagy broke a 1-1 tie with 1:47 left in the second period.

``After they got one by us, it was good to see that we came right back and got a big goal by Nagy,'' Francis said.

Johnson made it 3-1 when he put in Nagy's rebound 5:35 into the third, and Langkow added a goal with 1:49 left.

``They're not a young team, they're a team of veteran guys,'' Burke said. ``You've got to force them to come from behind.''

Avery tied it at 1 for Detroit with 3:53 left in the second, but Nagy made it 2-1 just over two minutes later.

``I didn't think we gave them enough credit,'' Detroit's Brendan Shanahan said. ``We came out like a team expecting an easy game.''

Devils 2, Maple Leafs 0

At East Rutherford, New Jersey, backup Corey Schwab made 17 saves for his fifth career shutout in New Jersey's victory over Toronto.

Jari Bicek broke a scoreless tie midway through the second, and Patrik Elias added an insurance goal with 1:29 remaining.

Schwab, a former Maple Leaf, got the start as Martin Brodeur got a rare night off. Schwab last played Dec. 7 in a 1-0 loss at Toronto.

Islanders 8, Bruins 4

At Uniondale, New York, Mark Parrish scored two of New York's four first-period goals and added a third as the Islanders stretched their winning streak to five.

New York, which scored six times on its first 12 shots, is over .500 for the first time this season at 17-16-5.

Jason Blake had two goals, and Dave Scatchard, Alexei Yashin and Mattias Weinhandl also scored for the Islanders, who got a season high in goals and 39 saves from Chris Osgood.

Glen Murray scored twice to reach 20 goals for the fourth time, and Jozef Stumpel and Michal Grosek also scored for the Bruins, who lost for the third time in four games and are 2-8-1 in their last 11.

Flyers 1, Mighty Ducks 0

At Anaheim, California, Robert Esche made 28 saves for his fifth career shutout, and Keith Primeau scored a power-play goal as Philadelphia snapped Anaheim's club-record six-game home winning streak.

Esche, who has both of the Flyers' shutouts in just 12 starts, lowered his goals-against average to 1.83 and has allowed more than two goals in only one of his last seven starts.

The loss was the fifth straight for the Ducks, who were shut out for the third time.

Sabres 6, Hurricanes 3

At Buffalo, New York, J.P. Dumont and Miroslav Satan each had two goals and an assist to help the Sabres snap a franchise-worst seven-game losing streak.

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