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NEWARK, N. DaQuan Jones Jersey .J. -- Phoenix captain Shane Doan started laughing when asked if the Coyotes suddenly had a goalie controversy. "Goalie controversies are always good because that means they are both playing well," Doan said after the Coyotes defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-2 in a shootout Thursday night to improve their playoff chances in the Western Conference. The Coyotes, who currently hold the second wild-card spot, got five of six possible points on their three-game road trip and opened a five-point lead over idle Dallas. What made this trip so special was that No. 1 goalie Mike Smith went down with a lower-body injury late in the third period of the opener against the Rangers, but replacement Thomas Greiss posted wins over Pittsburgh and New Jersey. Phoenixs only loss on the road trip was in overtime to the Rangers. "We have a ton of confidence in Greisser," Doan said. "Everybody in here has been shooting on him all year and when he has gone in, he has been amazing. I dont know what his save percentage is, but its .925 or .930. He has been amazing for us." Greiss made 26 saves and stopped shootout attempts by Damien Brunner, Ryane Clowe and Patrik Elias in matching his career high with his ninth win (9-5-2) of the season. The trip did not start out well for Greiss. He gave up the tying goal late and the winner in overtime to the Rangers. But that didnt bother the 28-year-old German, who was backed up by Smith on Thursday. "Thats the goalies job, to have a short memory," Greiss said. "You just have to forget that stuff and move on." Mikkel Boedker scored on Phoenixs first shootout try against Martin Brodeur with a top-shelf backhander. "I went with a move I was comfortable with and its always good when the goaltender bites on your fake," Boedker said. Kyle Chipchura and Chris Summers scored for the Coyotes, who blew a 2-0 lead. Clowe and Adam Henrique scored for the Devils, who fell to 0-9 in shootouts this season and extended their NHL-record streak to 13 straight losses dating to last season. While the Devils picked up a point, they are currently out of the playoff picture with nine games to go. "Its a big part of the reason the playoffs are getting tougher and tougher to reach," said Brodeur, who finished with 25 saves. "So many points weve left on the table through the year. I figured we were due. Its been a while, we havent been in one. I was feeling good about it mentally. I thought we were going to pull through this one and boost our confidence a little bit knowing were able to do it, and again it was the same old thing." New Jersey appeared to be in trouble when Summers scored with 3:03 left in the second period to give the Coyotes a 2-0 lead. The Devils got back in the game with a little luck after Phoenix was called for a delay penalty in the final minute of the period. Brodeur scrambled to the bench and Clowe scored with less than a second left as he lay in the crease. The big left wing was cross-checked by Jeff Halpern, and defenceman Jon Merrills pass through the crease caromed off his chest and slid past Greiss, who had stopped the Devils first 16 shots with their sticks. Henrique tied the game midway through the third period, taking a pass from Elias and beating defenceman Michael Stone with a move behind the net for his team-leading 24th goal. Chipchura, who had a goal and an assist against the Rangers on Monday night in Madison Square Garden, scored his fourth of the season 2:21 into the first period. Lauri Korpikoski sent a pass from behind the net to Chipchura, who put a shot under Brodeurs pad. Summers, called up from the minors this month, made it 2-0 with a slap shot that beat a screened Brodeur. NOTES: Brodeur picked up his third assist of the season and the 45th of his career on Henriques goal. ... Korpikoski missed the previous two games with an upper-body injury. ... Devils captain Bryce Salvador was out with a lower-body injury. ... The Coyotes beat the Devils 3-2 in Phoenix in January. ... Coyotes D Connor Murphy, recalled from Portland (AHL) on Wednesday, was in the lineup. ... Merrill has a goal and two assists in his last two games. The rookie had a goal and six assists in his first 44 this season. ... Coyotes RW David Moss left in the second period with a lower-body injury. Custom Tennessee Titans Jerseys . Cabrera-Bello shot a 1-over-par 73 and was caught by Webster, who carded 70 at Doha Golf Club for three-round totals of 12-under 204. They were only one stroke ahead of Adrien Saddier of France, the biggest mover with six birdies in his opening seven holes in a round of 64, South African Thomas Aiken (70) and Denmarks Thorbjorn Olesen (68) on a packed leaderboard. Avery Williamson Jersey . That assertion is getting harder and harder to make, especially given the way 23-year-old Danilo Gallinari has been playing this season.Republic of Ireland boss Martin ONeill will not gamble on James McCarthys fitness as he looks for a first victory of the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign. Midfielder McCarthy has not kicked a ball for Everton since August 23 and missed the opening qualifier in Serbia after undergoing groin surgery, and he met up with his country on Sunday with club manager Ronald Koeman urging Ireland to look after him.ONeill is adamant he will not risk a player who is a key member of his strongest team unless he is convinced he is fully fit ahead of Thursday nights game at the Aviva Stadium with a trip to Moldova to follow three days later. Ive been involved in club management for quite some considerable time, less so as an international manager, he said. I have never played anyone who has arrived and not been properly fit, against their will to play.That has never been the case and, in fact, as an international manager, Ive been pretty lenient about those particular things. Republic of Ireland manager Martin ONeill speaks ahead of Thursdays World Cup Qualifier against Georgia ONeill has seen McCarthy step up training since his arrival in Dublin and will make further checks on Thursday morning before making a final decision.I would listen to the player, and the player has come over here and trained, he said. He hasnt played for a couple of weeks.Would fitness be a concern? Of course. Lasting the match would be a concern. But if the injury has cleared up, I wouldnt see that as a problem.The Republic needed a late Daryl Murphy equaliser in Belgrade to secure a 2-2 draw with Serbia, and know there will be little margin for error in this double header if they want to make it to the finals in Russia.They took six points from Georgia during the last campaign, but played two closely fought encounters and ONeill is expecting much the same again.Anyone who watched the matches over the last couple of years will know its a difficult game. Georgia will take points from teams, without doubt, ONeill said.Every result is important, every game is important and we have got to be ready. We have never been in a position to treat any team lightly, and we certainly wont treat Georgia like that because they have got some excellent players. Martin ONeill insists he and his players will not be taking Georgia lightly when they meet in Dublin The Georgians, ranked 137th by FIFA, also have an experienced coach in Slovakian Vladimir Weiss, who guided his native country to their first-ever major tournament finals at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.But ONeill, who took 31st-placed Ireland to Euro 2016 in France this summer, insists it will be the players and not the managers who will ultimately make the difference.Sitting alongside captain Seamus Coleman, the 64-year-old said: Im not inexperienced myself, you know. If you ask me have I enjoyed international management, yes I have and one of the main reasons I have enjoyed it is becausewe have qualified.We qualified for France and we had some really great performances out there, including beating Italy. But I dont look at it like that.The most important thing is sometimes forgotten in this day and age: the game is about players and that has to be recognised sometime again.You are asking about enjoyment and I have had a reaally excellent career as a player and a manager. Eddie George Jersey. I have enjoyed it. Which have I enjoyed most? Playing.Seamus might be at some stage or another taking his coaching badges - I hope he takes them when hes 49 and plays as long as he can because playing is the best thing you can do, honestly, it really is. This is second best by a good way. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just ?£6.99. No contract. Injury newsAs well as concerns over McCarthy, Murphy is out with a calf problem, while goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has a thigh injury.Meanwhile, Anthony Pilkington is also expected to miss out along with fellow midfielder Stephen Quinn (knee damage).In addition, winger Aiden McGeady is struggling with a hamstring strain, striker Kevin Doyle is nursing a sore ankle and Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter is awaiting the results of a scan on his groin. Highlights from Group D as Serbia faced Republic of Ireland in the European Qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup StatsThe Republic have won all seven of their previous internationals with Georgia, most recently meeting in Euro 2016 qualifiersGeorgia have scored just once in four previous visits to the Republic, through a first-minute goal from Alexander Iashvili in February 2009Three of the last five meetings between these two sides have ended 2-1 to the Republic.Georgia have won just one of their last eight internationals, though this was against Spain in June (D2 L5).The Republic have scored in the opening 10 minutes in each of their last three internationals.ONeill has lost just one of his last 14 home matches in charge of the Republic (W8 D5)ONeill is yet to lose a home competitive match (W4 D2) Republic striker Daryl Murphy is out with a calf problem Charlies predictionThis is another potentially dangerous tie but the Irish have always been quite good at these sort of games where you have to go out and break a team down.These are the matches where you look to your talisman and while Robbie Keane has been out of the side for a while I think theyll miss him.I think Daryl Murphy, with his physical attributes, wouldve started in this if he was fit, along with Shane Long, who will stretch a side but is not a great finisher.The guy Im interested in is Wes Hoolahan. I think Martin ONeill and Roy Keane like to have him in home games and Longs movement gives him the space to be effective. Charlie predicts: 2-0 and Wes Hoolahan to score first (20/1 with Sky Bet)BettingRepublic are just 2/5 with Sky Bet to secure the victory, with Georgia 9/1, while the draw is priced at 100/30.Thursdays clash is considered a must-win one for the hosts, with Georgia rated 250/1 outsiders to win Group D, while ONeills men are fourth in the market at 9/2.Shane Long heads the first goalscorer betting at 100/30 and is enhanced from 7/1 to 10/1 to score a brace in Sky Bets Price Boosts, while Vladimir Dvalishvili is rated the visitors main threat at 10/1 to net first.You can watch Englands tour of Bangladesh, plus Premier League football and the Japan Grand Prix on Sky Sports. Upgrade now and enjoy three months at half price! 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