Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/5/14

NEW YORK - JANUARY 25: Chris Conner #23 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates his second goal of the game in the third period against the New York Rangers on January 25, 2010 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Penguins defeated the Rangers 4-2. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Chris Conner scored in his Phoenix debut, Mikkel Boedker had a pair of assists, and the Coyotes held off the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 on Thursday night. Phoenix kicked off a critical three-game homestand by beating Los Angeles on Tuesday and left the Red Wings flatfooted with three second-period goals. Michael Stone got the flurry started, Shane Doan finished it off, and Martin Hanzal scored into an empty net with less than a second left. Chad Johnson stopped 34 shots in his third start of the season. Valtteri Filppula scored in the first period and Daniel Cleary had a power-play goal with 1:13 left in the third, but Detroit couldn't finish off the comeback and lost for the third time in four games. This familiar matchup - they have been playoff opponents two of the past three seasons - featured two teams fighting for a playoff spot in the crowded Western Conference. The Coyotes helped themselves by beating the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings 3-1 behind Jason LaBarbera's 39 s...
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