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NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Columbus



(Wednesday, October 10th)

Final Score: Columbus 3, Phoenix 0

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Jason Chimera had a goal and two assists to help the Columbus Blue Jackets topple the Phoenix Coyotes, 3-0, at Nationwide Arena.

Pascal Leclaire stopped all 32 shots he faced for Columbus, which was coming off a loss to Minnesota. Leclaire has not allowed a goal in 150 minutes, 22 seconds dating back to last season.

"Like I said last game, the goalie gets a shutout but it's really a team thing when you get one," Leclaire said.

Manny Malhotra chipped in with a goal and a helper while Jan Hejda donated two assists for his first points as a Blue Jacket. Jared Boll capped the scoring with his first career goal.

Michael Peca made his debut for the Blue Jackets after sitting out the first two games with a groin strain. He logged 12:58 of ice time and did not register a point.

David Aebischer made 30 saves in defeat for the Coyotes, who have dropped two in a row after a season-opening win against St. Louis.

The Blue Jackets scored halfway through the first period to assume early command. Chimera moved along the right wing, circled the net and then fed the disc out front. Malhotra cleaned up from there, beating Aebischer low to the glove side.

Chimera added a tally 2:56 in the middle stanza, as Hejda's shot caromed off Aebischer, into the slot and off Chimera's shin guard before finding the back of the net.

"One of the best goals of my life," Chimera said in jest. "Further on in life, I'll say it was an end-to-ender."

Boll extended the advantage to 3-0 just over six minutes into the third period with a breakaway tally.

That was more than enough breathing room for Leclaire, who made 16 saves in the closing period.

Game Notes

The Coyotes will wrap up a brief two-game swing Saturday in Nashville...The Blue Jackets hope to improve as a home team this season after going 18-19-4 in Ohio last year...Columbus has won five of the last eight meetings with the Coyotes...Columbus has yet to surrender a power-play goal this season.

10/10 23:14:25 ET


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