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Whitney warns against trying to sit on lead

The Sports Xchange

--The Coyotes know they are playing with fire. They have played seven playoff games, have gone to overtime six times and have blown four third-period leads at home after coughing up a 3-2 advantage in a barrage of 16 Nashville shots in the period.

Phoenix keeps finding a way to dig out from the rubble -- it is 4-2 in overtime -- but Ray Whitney said the team knows it could be running out of magic.

"We have played four playoff games at home. We led in all of them and all of them wound up in overtime," Whitney said. "Sitting back isn't working. We have to change our approach before it comes back to get us. We can't let teams just come at us. We can't keep this up."

Whitney OT goal was his first in the postseason in 15 years. The last one was a Game 7 winner in double overtime for San Jose when it beat the Calgary Flames in the 1995 Western Conference quarterfinals.

--Mikkel Boedker is gaining offensive confidence. After two game-winning overtime goals against Chicago, Boedker scored again in Game 1 against Nashville.

With Nashville defenseman Roman Josi pinching in, Andrei Kostitsyn lost containment, sending Boedker and Shane Doan away on a 2-on-1 break. Boedker patiently held the puck and came to a dead stop before planting and putting a wrist shot off the far post and in as goalie Pekka Rinne slammed his stick to the ice in disgust.

Boedker has five points in seven playoff games and Vermette has six points after assisting in the goal.

"Now is the time to shine, I guess, fighting through the battles that come my way and feeling comfortable on my line with Doaner and (Antoine) Vermette," Boedker said. "The chemistry is growing every game and so is my confidence, and that's nice."

"Marty won the draw and I went to the net and the puck kind of bounced around. It was just kind of a muck from there. We do everything the hard way. Nothing easy about the way we're doing this." -- Phoenix's Ray Whitney on his 21st career playoff goal and first OT playoff game-winner since 1995.

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