NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Columbus |
(Tuesday, December 23rd)
Final Score: Phoenix 2, Columbus 1
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - David Tanabe scored the sole goal of the third
period to lift Phoenix over Columbus, 2-1, at Nationwide Arena.
Jan Hrdina also lit the lamp for the Coyotes, who broke a streak of three
consecutive ties. Phoenix won for the first time its last six games (1-1-4).
Rick Nash tallied the only goal for the Blue Jackets, who dropped their sixth
straight game (0-4-0-2).
Just 1:52 into the final period, Tanabe broke a 1-1 tie for the Coyotes with
his fifth goal of the season. From the point on the power play, Tanabe fired a
slap shot through traffic that found the back of the net through the right
Phoenix was 1-of-2 on the man-advantage, while Columbus failed to score with
five power play opportunities. The Blue Jackets are 0-for-23 in their last
three games on the power play.
After a scoreless first period, in which Columbus outshot Phoenix 12-9, Nash
opened up the scoring early in the second with his 21st of the season for
the Blue Jackets. Derrick Walser shot the puck on net and at the 2:11 mark,
which Nash was able to tip past Sean Burke.
Hrdina knotted the game at 1-1 for Phoenix at 13:24 of the second. Hrdina
posted his fifth of the campaign with a wrist shot after receiving a quick
pass from Ladislav Nagy.
Burke made 27 saves for Phoenix, while Fred Brathwaite turned aside 24 shots
for the Columbus.
The Jackets, 0-3-1-1 in their last five at home, will visit Chicago on
Friday...Columbus is 0-6-1-2 in its last nine overall...Phoenix and Columbus
skated to a 2-2 tie at Nationwide on November 16 and the Coyotes are 6-1-2 in
the last nine meetings...The Blue Jackets have two goals or fewer in 16 of
their last 20 games.
12/23 21:41:18 ET