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NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Phoenix



(Monday, December 21st)

Final Score: Phoenix 5, Columbus 2

Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Scottie Upshall scored a pair of goals and dished out two assists, as the Phoenix Coyotes stayed hot on home ice with a 5-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Shane Doan and Matthew Lombardi each added a goal and two assists for the Coyotes, who have won seven in a row at home for the first time since the club had an eight-game win streak from February 12-March 24, 2002.

Radim Vrbata also scored and Ilya Bryzgalov made 25 saves for Phoenix, which started a three-game homestand with its third win in the last four contests.

"I thought we managed the puck really well tonight," Coyotes head coach Dave Tibbett said. "We did some things once we got the lead to not give them any life. It was a good all-around game."

Derick Brassard and Antoine Vermette each lit the lamp for the Blue Jackets, who have dropped a season-worst seven straight games. Mathieu Garon turned aside 18-of-23 shots in defeat.

Upshall got the Coyotes offense going at the 7:53 mark of the first period. Lombardi won a battle for the puck behind the Columbus net before sliding a pass in front to Upshall, whose wrister beat Garon.

Lombardi lit the lamp at the 11:44 mark to make it a 2-0 game. Bryzgalov stopped all nine shots that he faced in the first.

Phoenix's margin grew to three on Doan's score at the 4:39 mark of the second. The Blue Jackets made it a two-goal game on Brassard's fifth goal of the season at the 6:27 mark.

Vrbata's slapper with 6:41 to go in the second gave the Coyotes a 4-1 lead.

Upshall's power-play goal at the 7:19 mark of the third made it 5-1. Vermette scored at 8:47 to account for the final margin.

"We make two mistakes and they're in our net. Every mistake we're making right now is in our net," Columbus head coach Ken Hitchcock said.

Game Notes

The Coyotes have won seven of the last eight meetings between these teams, including three of four encounters that have taken place this season...Phoenix improved to 13-5-0 at home this season...The Coyotes went 1-for-7 on the power play, while the Blue Jackets went 0-for-2.

12/22 02:05:12 ET


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