NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Phoenix |
(Friday, February 20th)
Final Score: Phoenix 3, Columbus 2
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Daymond Langkow scored with 19 seconds
remaining to lead the Phoenix Coyotes to an improbable 3-2 win over the
Columbus Blue Jackets at Glendale Arena.
Langkow's goal came just three minutes after Paul Mara tied the game at 2-2.
Jeff Taffe had the other marker and assisted on the game winner for the
Coyotes, who won for just the second time in their last 12 contests (2-8-1-1).
Jean-Marc Pelletier made 26 saves to pick up his first career win.
Trevor Letowski and Jaroslav Spacek provided the offense at the other end as
the Blue Jackets lost for the fourth time in five games. Netminder Pascal
Leclaire turned aside 28 shots in his NHL debut, but he couldn't prevent
Columbus from extending its winless streak to nine games (0-6-3).
On the game winner, Taffe made a great feed out front from behind the net to
Langkow, but the initial shot was stopped by Leclaire. Langkow was able to
collect the rebound and roof the puck past Leclaire for the winning tally.
"There was a big scramble and it was kind of hard to control the rebound,"
said Leclaire. "I tried to come back as fast I could, but he shot it just over
my glove. It is hard to take when there are 20 seconds left in the game."
The Coyotes trailed 2-0 until Taffe's fifth of the season narrowed the gap to
one with 2:41 left in the second stanza.
It stayed that way until Mara grabbed a rebound off a shot by Mike Comrie, and
put it home past an outstretched Leclaire to tie the game with 3:18 left in
"It was a sign of character," Mara said. "We were down 2-0. It was crunch time
and we stormed back to get two late and steal two points."
Phoenix outshot the Blue Jackets 12-3 in the final period.
After a scoreless first period in which Pelletier stopped three Columbus
breakaways, Letowski's eighth of the campaign, 5:41 into the second frame, got
the Jackets on the board first as his wrister from the slot beat Leclaire up
"Early on, I was just trying to keep us in the game," said Pelletier. "You can
be a hero or a zero pretty easy. I was patient and lucky that the puck hit
The Blue Jackets doubled the margin on Spacek's slapper from just inside the
blue line, only five seconds after Phoenix had killed off a full two-man
Columbus still has yet to win in Phoenix, going 0-1-3 in four games...Phoenix
finished 1-for-6 on the power play while the Blue Jackets were scoreless in
six chances with the extra skater...The Coyotes dominated on faceoffs, winning
46 compared to 30 faceoff wins for the Blue Jackets.
02/21 01:05:51 ET