NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Columbus|
(Wednesday, November 26th)
Final Score: Phoenix 3, Columbus 2
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Viktor Tikhonov's goal with 2:32 left in the
game lifted Phoenix to a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, and ended the
Coyotes' six-game losing streak.
Daniel Carcillo and David Hale also lit the lamp for Phoenix, whose last win
came on November 12 and was also against Columbus. Mikael Tellqvist stopped 38
shots in the win, as the Coyotes completed their four-game road trip with a
"Our goaltender was absolutely brilliant, and when you get goaltending like
that at this level, it goes a long way," Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky
Phoenix center Olli Jokinen, the club's second-leading scorer, left the
contest in the first period with an unspecific injury and did not return.
Kristian Huselius and Jason Chimera each scored for Columbus, which has lost
three of four. Steve Mason gave up three goals on 25 shots in the loss.
With the game knotted well into the third period, the puck was sent along the
boards behind the Columbus net. Shane Doan scooped it out and passed out front
for Tikhonov, who maneuvered the puck briefly before sliding it past Mason for
a 3-2 lead with 2:32 left, and the Coyotes held on for the win from there.
"Their team played, I thought, a very good hockey game against us," Gretzky
said. "And we ended up winning the hockey game. So how do you figure this
game?...Sometimes it can be crazy."
Huselius gave Columbus a 1-0 lead at the 8:08 mark of the first, and the Blue
Jackets held the advantage until the first intermission.
But the Coyotes overtook the lead with a pair of goals in the second. Hale
notched his first career goal at the 9:41 mark, and about 2 1/2 minutes
later, Phoenix took the lead on a power-play tally from Carcillo.
Keith Yandle had the puck along the boards by the right circle and sent a
wobbling shot on net a few feet off the ice. Carcillo redirected the puck
past Mason for a 2-1 lead.
"We should have put our foot right on their throat," Blue Jackets head coach
Ken Hitchcock said. "They weren't ready to play. We had everything going for
us and we didn't bury the chances that we had...This is the third or fourth
hockey game we've had like this in our building, where we've outplayed the
team badly and not won."
But Columbus tied the contest on a counter-attack just one minute into the
third period. R.J. Umberger and Chimera got a few feet past the Phoenix
defense, and as the duo approached the net, Umberger backhanded a pass from
the right side to Chimera, who caromed the puck off his stick into the net for
a tie game.
Columbus had a 5-on-3 chance with about six minutes left in the game, but
Columbus forward Derek Dorsett was injured in a first-period fight with
Carcillo and did not return. He was placed on injured reserve, and the club
recalled defenseman Kris Russell from Syracuse (AHL)...Phoenix is 3-0
against the Blue Jackets this season, and has won five of its last seven
contests in Columbus.
11/27 02:50:54 ET