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NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Phoenix

(Saturday, March 3rd)

Final Score: Columbus 4, Phoenix 3

Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Brian Boucher stopped 32 shots to post his second win of the season and first as a member of the Blue Jackets, leading Columbus to a 4-3 victory over Phoenix.

Rick Nash had a goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets, who have won two in a row. Jason Chimera, Fredrik Modin also scored, and Geoff Platt recorded his first two points of the season with a pair of helpers.

Keith Ballard picked up a goal and one assist for the Coyotes, losers in nine of their last 11 outings. Shane Doan and Jeff Taffe tallied, and Curtis Joseph took the loss by giving up four goals on 27 shots.

Tied after 40 minutes of play, the Blue Jackets added a pair of scores early in the third to take a 4-2 lead, as Modin tallied with the man-advantage 27 seconds in and Nash added his second of the game at the 5:29 mark.

Phoenix struck back to make it a 4-3 contest a little less than two minutes later, when Taffe managed to tap home a loose puck from the right side of the crease. It was his first goal for Phoenix since 2004, and the tally proved to be a shot of adrenaline for the home team.

However, Boucher slammed the door from that point on, surviving two close calls in the final seconds as the Coyotes skated with an extra attacker.

Columbus jumped on top when Nash snuck a short-side shot through Joseph for his 20th of the season. Although the puck appeared to stop on the goal line without fully crossing-over, video review confirmed the goal was good.

Doan drew the Coyotes even with a power-play strike when he popped home a shot from a sharp angle at the right side of the crease with 3:05 to play in the first.

Ballard gave the home team its first lead of the night at 1:41 of the second period. With David Vyborny in the box, the defenseman's left circle snapper was misjudged by Boucher and slipped by the well-traveled netminder for a 2-1 score.

Chimera drew the Jackets even at 2-2 when he took Malhotra's lead pass inside the Phoenix zone, and beat Joseph with a rising backhander with 8:36 played.

Game Notes

Phoenix has won three of the last five matchups...The teams split the season series, 2-2...Modin's tally left him one goal shy of 200 for his career...Phoenix leads the all-time series, 12-8-4...Columbus converted 1-of-6 power-play chances, and Phoenix scored twice in seven attempts.

03/04 00:17:40 ET

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