NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Columbus|
(Friday, February 25th)
Final Score: Columbus 5, Phoenix 3
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Matt Calvert notched a natural hat trick as
the Columbus Blue Jackets charged past Phoenix, 5-3, to snap a five-game
losing streak to the Coyotes.
R.J. Umberger donated a goal and two assists while Jakub Voracek also scored
for the Blue Jackets, who have won three straight and haven't lost in
regulation in six games (5-0-1). Mathieu Garon made 25 saves for the victors.
David Schlemko, Radim Vrbata and Lauri Korpikoski all tallied for the Coyotes,
who have lost two straight since going on a season-long eight-game win streak.
Ilya Bryzgalov was tagged with the loss after surrendering five goals on 34
The Blue Jackets took the lead for good early in the second period, 3-2, with
their third power-play goal. Calvert was credited with the score after
redirecting Kris Russell's slap shot from the top of the right circle.
Calvert tallied his second goal at the 8:52 mark of the second stanza,
flashing off some nice hand-eye coordination by batting a puck from mid-air
into the net.
The hat trick was completed after cleaning up a big rebound into the open net
at the 3:27 mark of the third period. It was the Blue Jackets' fifth straight
goal to take a commanding 5-2 lead.
"Some nights you feel better than others and some nights you are battling the
puck. Tonight I just felt patient and there were a lot of great plays by my
linemates to help me out," Calvert said of his first career hat trick. "The
puck just kind of followed me around tonight and especially on that third
one. I missed the wide open net there and it came back to me. It was a pretty
special night and definitively one I will remember."
The Coyotes did add a goal late in the game on Korpikoski's wrister from the
right circle to make up the final score.
It took just 94 seconds into the contest for the Coyotes to find the back of
the net when Schlemko, at the left slot, tipped in Mikkel Boedker's cross-ice
Phoenix continued to outwork Columbus to go up 2-0 nearing the eight-minute
mark of the first. From the left circle, Boedker fed Vrbata in the slot and
he shoveled a backhander past Mason for his 16th goal of the season.
Umberger redeemed himself from a failed penalty shot earlier in the first and
scored on the power play with 5:10 left in the period to put Columbus on the
board, 2-1. Derek Mackenzie led a Blue Jackets' charge and raced deep into the
zone before he dropped the puck to the slot where Umberger chipped it in for a
Phoenix allowed Columbus back into the game with four penalties in the first
20 minutes. Columbus capitalized on a golden opportunity when Eric Belanger
was called for tripping and less than a minute later Martin Hanzal was shipped
to the box on a holding call for a 5-on-3 advantage. Rick Nash was able to
center the puck toward a crowd in front of the net and Voracek deflected it in
for a 2-2 tie with 1:38 left in the first.
"We jumped out early and we are playing a real strong road game and decided we
were going to take a bunch of penalties," Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett
said. "When you do that you are just giving the other team a better chance of
winning and we just kept doing it until they won."
The Blue Jackets placed forward Kristian Huselius on injured reserve Friday
with a lower body injury. The move was retroactive to February 18, when
Huselius was injured during a win in Chicago. He is listed as day-to-day...
Phoenix, which will complete a five-game road trip Sunday in Chicago, has an
18-11-4 road record this season...Bryzgalov had won his last eight starts
heading into the game...Nash has a six-game point streak for the Jackets, with
five goals and six assists over that span...Mackenzie had two assists in the
win...Columbus finished 3-of-9 on the power play, while Phoenix was blanked on
02/26 00:18:17 ET