Jeff Halpern scored for Phoenix and Jordan Szwarz also had a goal before playing the third period with stiches in his chin after being cut with a skate late in the second. Phoenix has its first winning streak since Dec. 10-12 and gave Tippett his 100th home win with the Coyotes.
New Jersey got off to a sluggish start at the end of a four-game road trip before rallying to make it close. Ryane Clowe had a goal and an assist and Jaromir Jagr scored his 696th career goal with 2:14 left in regulation.
Jagr had another good chance with just over a minute left, but was stopped by Mike Smith, who had 32 saves.
It's a little different but it feels amazing. A new chapter in my life and I'm excited. It's been amazing. Better than I expected. The weather is great, the place is just amazing. I can't say enough good things about it. I'm glad to get the season going.
— Ryan Kesler on his transition to the Anaheim Ducks