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NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Columbus

(Tuesday, December 23rd)

Final Score: Phoenix 2, Columbus 1

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - David Tanabe scored the sole goal of the third period to lift Phoenix over Columbus, 2-1, at Nationwide Arena.

Jan Hrdina also lit the lamp for the Coyotes, who broke a streak of three consecutive ties. Phoenix won for the first time its last six games (1-1-4).

Rick Nash tallied the only goal for the Blue Jackets, who dropped their sixth straight game (0-4-0-2).

Just 1:52 into the final period, Tanabe broke a 1-1 tie for the Coyotes with his fifth goal of the season. From the point on the power play, Tanabe fired a slap shot through traffic that found the back of the net through the right corner.

Phoenix was 1-of-2 on the man-advantage, while Columbus failed to score with five power play opportunities. The Blue Jackets are 0-for-23 in their last three games on the power play.

After a scoreless first period, in which Columbus outshot Phoenix 12-9, Nash opened up the scoring early in the second with his 21st of the season for the Blue Jackets. Derrick Walser shot the puck on net and at the 2:11 mark, which Nash was able to tip past Sean Burke.

Hrdina knotted the game at 1-1 for Phoenix at 13:24 of the second. Hrdina posted his fifth of the campaign with a wrist shot after receiving a quick pass from Ladislav Nagy.

Burke made 27 saves for Phoenix, while Fred Brathwaite turned aside 24 shots for the Columbus.

Game Notes

The Jackets, 0-3-1-1 in their last five at home, will visit Chicago on Friday...Columbus is 0-6-1-2 in its last nine overall...Phoenix and Columbus skated to a 2-2 tie at Nationwide on November 16 and the Coyotes are 6-1-2 in the last nine meetings...The Blue Jackets have two goals or fewer in 16 of their last 20 games.

12/23 21:41:18 ET

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