NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Columbus
(Friday, February 25th)
Final Score: Columbus 5, Phoenix 3
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Matt Calvert notched a natural hat trick as the Columbus Blue Jackets charged past Phoenix, 5-3, to snap a five-game losing streak to the Coyotes.
R.J. Umberger donated a goal and two assists while Jakub Voracek also scored for the Blue Jackets, who have won three straight and haven't lost in regulation in six games (5-0-1). Mathieu Garon made 25 saves for the victors.
David Schlemko, Radim Vrbata and Lauri Korpikoski all tallied for the Coyotes, who have lost two straight since going on a season-long eight-game win streak. Ilya Bryzgalov was tagged with the loss after surrendering five goals on 34 shots.
The Blue Jackets took the lead for good early in the second period, 3-2, with their third power-play goal. Calvert was credited with the score after redirecting Kris Russell's slap shot from the top of the right circle.
Calvert tallied his second goal at the 8:52 mark of the second stanza, flashing off some nice hand-eye coordination by batting a puck from mid-air into the net.
The hat trick was completed after cleaning up a big rebound into the open net at the 3:27 mark of the third period. It was the Blue Jackets' fifth straight goal to take a commanding 5-2 lead.
"Some nights you feel better than others and some nights you are battling the puck. Tonight I just felt patient and there were a lot of great plays by my linemates to help me out," Calvert said of his first career hat trick. "The puck just kind of followed me around tonight and especially on that third one. I missed the wide open net there and it came back to me. It was a pretty special night and definitively one I will remember."
The Coyotes did add a goal late in the game on Korpikoski's wrister from the right circle to make up the final score.
It took just 94 seconds into the contest for the Coyotes to find the back of the net when Schlemko, at the left slot, tipped in Mikkel Boedker's cross-ice pass.
Phoenix continued to outwork Columbus to go up 2-0 nearing the eight-minute mark of the first. From the left circle, Boedker fed Vrbata in the slot and he shoveled a backhander past Mason for his 16th goal of the season.
Umberger redeemed himself from a failed penalty shot earlier in the first and scored on the power play with 5:10 left in the period to put Columbus on the board, 2-1. Derek Mackenzie led a Blue Jackets' charge and raced deep into the zone before he dropped the puck to the slot where Umberger chipped it in for a power-play goal.
Phoenix allowed Columbus back into the game with four penalties in the first 20 minutes. Columbus capitalized on a golden opportunity when Eric Belanger was called for tripping and less than a minute later Martin Hanzal was shipped to the box on a holding call for a 5-on-3 advantage. Rick Nash was able to center the puck toward a crowd in front of the net and Voracek deflected it in for a 2-2 tie with 1:38 left in the first.
"We jumped out early and we are playing a real strong road game and decided we were going to take a bunch of penalties," Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett said. "When you do that you are just giving the other team a better chance of winning and we just kept doing it until they won."
The Blue Jackets placed forward Kristian Huselius on injured reserve Friday with a lower body injury. The move was retroactive to February 18, when Huselius was injured during a win in Chicago. He is listed as day-to-day... Phoenix, which will complete a five-game road trip Sunday in Chicago, has an 18-11-4 road record this season...Bryzgalov had won his last eight starts heading into the game...Nash has a six-game point streak for the Jackets, with five goals and six assists over that span...Mackenzie had two assists in the win...Columbus finished 3-of-9 on the power play, while Phoenix was blanked on five tries.
02/26 00:18:17 ET