NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Columbus
(Wednesday, October 28th)
Final Score: Phoenix 4, Columbus 1
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Keith Yandle dished out three assists, and Jason LaBarbera turned aside 31-of-32 shots, as the Phoenix Coyotes scored four unanswered goals to take down the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-1, at Nationwide Arena.
James Vandermeer, Zbynek Michalek, Martin Hanzal and Robert Lang each had a goal for the Coyotes, who snapped a brief two-game skid.
"We just wanted to play a grittier game. We were fortunate to get some power play goals, and we got some big saves from our goaltender. There were a lot of small gritty plays that we had to make and we got them done. That makes a big difference for our hockey club and the results of the game," Phoenix head coach Dave Tippett said.
Derick Brassard had the lone score for the Blue Jackets, who have lost two in a row and four of five. Steve Mason stopped 19-of-23 shots for Columbus, which suffered its first home loss of the season.
The Blue Jackets used a Brassard power-play goal with 1:39 left in the first period to take a 1-0 edge. A shot from the right point set up a rebound in front, and Brassard was there to fire a wrister past LaBarbera.
"Too many plays with the puck that are too light, that come back to haunt us. We're paying for the errors that we make. We're not doing the things in the competitive areas that we need to do," Blue Jackets head coach Ken Hitchcock said.
Hanzal's power-play score at the 10:33 mark of the second tied things up. Yandle led a rush down the left side of the ice before dishing a pass to Ed Jovanovski, whose shot set up a tip-in for Hanzal.
At the 13:17 mark, Vandermeer gave Phoenix a 2-1 lead on a shot from the point that went through traffic in front before finding the back of the net.
Michalek's one-timer on the power play put the Coyotes ahead 3-1 with 9:05 to play in the third.
Phoenix used a Lang power-play goal with 5:23 remaining to build a three-goal margin. After Columbus failed to clear its own zone, Yandle collected the disc and faked a shot before sliding a pass to Lang, who fired a shot from the bottom of the left circle over that went over Mason's shoulder and into the net.
Columbus recorded a 2-0 road win over the Coyotes on October 10, ending a four-game slide against Phoenix. The Blue Jackets have still lost four in a row and five of their last six home tests against the Coyotes...The Coyotes will end a three-game road trip on Thursday in St. Louis...The Blue Jackets host the Penguins on Friday...The Coyotes announced Wednesday a time change for the team's game versus the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, December 26 at Jobing.com Arena. The game will now start at 10:00 p.m. (et)...Phoenix improved to 4-2-0 as the road team this year...Columbus dropped to 3-1-0 at home this season.
10/28 23:05:36 ET