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
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
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.
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