NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Phoenix|
(Thursday, January 17th)
Final Score: Columbus 4, Phoenix 3
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Rick Nash scored two goals, including a
highlight reel game-winner in the dying moments of the third, as the Columbus
Blue Jackets edged the Phoenix Coyotes, 4-3.
Rostislav Klesla and Nikolai Zherdev also scored for the Blue Jackets, who
have won four straight. Nash also added an assist, while Sergei Fedorov and
Michael Peca each collected two helpers. Pascal Leclaire made 19 of his 32
saves in the third period.
Shane Doan, Peter Mueller and Martin Hanzal each posted a goal and an assist
for Phoenix, which has lost two of three. Mikael Tellqvist allowed four goals
on 32 shots in defeat.
In the third, Phoenix enjoyed a two-man advantage for 1:33 and Mueller's goal
at 4:58 knotted the score at two.
Columbus regained the lead on Zherdev's wraparound goal at 8:26.
With 3:12 left in the third, Nash was called for high-sticking and the Coyotes
pulled Tellqvist to create a 6-on-4 advantage. Mueller's shot was stopped, but
Leclaire failed to control the rebound and Hanzal deposited the puck in the
back of the net with 1:38 left.
Nash, on a great individual effort, gave the Blue Jackets a 4-3 lead with 22
seconds to play in regulation.
Carrying the puck into the offensive zone against two defenders, he stick
handled around Phoenix defenseman Derek Morris, then beat Keith Ballad with an
inside-outside move. Nash continued to drive to the net, pulled the puck
across the crease, where Tellqvist tried to poke check, but Nash maintained
possession and tucked it into the net.
Nick Boynton and Doan were whistled for infractions at the 15:24 of the first,
giving the Blue Jackets a 5-on-3 power play for a full two minutes. Phoenix
successfully killed the power play, but nine seconds later, Doan atoned for
his penalty by scoring the first goal of the game with 2:25 remaining.
Tellqvist made 13 saves in the opening stanza to keep the Blue Jackets off the
board. Conversely, Phoenix generated only four shots in the first.
Nash tied the game near the midway point of the second and Klesla registered
the 100th point of his career with a power-play tally in the late stages of
the second frame.
Radim Vrbata (groin) and Steven Reinprecht (neck spasms) were out for
Phoenix...The Coyotes had their season-high four-game home winning streak
broken...Columbus defenseman Ron Hainsey sustained an undisclosed injury in
the first period and did not return...Phoenix suffered only its second loss
when scoring the first goal of a game (17-2-0)...Phoenix went 2-for-7 on the
power play, while the Blue Jackets finished 1-for-2 with the man advantage.
01/18 00:10:59 ET