NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Columbus |
(Monday, October 9th)
Final Score: Columbus 5, Phoenix 1
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Nikolai Zherdev scored twice and Pascal
Leclaire stopped 23 of the 24 shots he faced as the Columbus Blue Jackets
cruised past the Phoenix Coyotes, 5-1, at Nationwide Arena.
Rick Nash, Anson Carter and Duvie Westcott all scored for the Blue Jackets,
who have won two straight. David Vyborny added three assists in the victory,
while Nash and Westcott each had two.
Zherdev, who had 27 goals and 27 assists last season for the Blue Jackets,
played made his season debut Monday. He had visa difficulties in Russia, but
ironed out the problems.
"It's nice to see him come back and start some chemistry," Nash said of
Zherdev. "He has some great legs, and he still is in good shape. It's nice to
have him here."
Ed Jovanovski netted the lone goal for the Coyotes, who went 0-for-9 on the
power play. Mike Morrison made 24 saves in defeat.
"It was a mismatch tonight, they embarrassed us," Coyotes head coach Wayne
Gretzky said. "They played better than we did and we deserve to lose, simple
Columbus took an early 1-0 lead when Nash's power-play slap shot bounced off
Morrison's stick, but Zherdev followed up with a backhand shot that deflected
off Morrison's glove and found the net 1:01 into the first period.
Jovanovski's wrist shot from the right circle at the 9:21 mark with an assist
from Shane Doan tied the game for Phoenix, but Columbus scored four unanswered
goals between the second and third periods to cap the win.
The Blue Jackets went up 2-1 on the power play when Nash tipped in the puck in
front of Morrison after a pass from Vyborny from the right side 11:08 into the
Less than two minutes later, Zherdev chipped in the puck on Morrison's
glove side after an assist from Nash near the left circle to give Columbus a
"I think he was really excited," Columbus head coach Gerard Gallant said of
Zherdev. "Before the game he was smiling a lot. He was really excited to be
playing with his teammates again."
Carter's backhand shot, which hit off of Jovanovski's stick in front of the
net, added to Columbus' lead 1:27 into the third. Manny Malhotra and Westcott
The Blue Jackets took advantage of a 5-on-3 power play when Westcott's wrist
shot sailed over the left shoulder of Morrison to put Columbus up 5-1 at the
10:26 mark in the third.
Columbus improved to 7-10-4 all-time against Phoenix. The clubs split four
meetings last season...Phoenix will travel to play Detroit on
Wednesday...Columbus visits Minnesota on Saturday...Columbus was
3-for-12 with the man advantage.
10/10 01:32:40 ET