NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Columbus
(Tuesday, January 29th)
Final Score: Phoenix 4, Columbus 2
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Peter Mueller scored twice as the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 at Nationwide Arena.
Mathias Tjarnqvist had a goal and Radim Vrbata added an empty netter for the Coyotes, who have won three in a row. Ilya Bryzgalov made 22 saves for Phoenix, which won for the first time this season when trailing after two periods (1-18-0).
Fredrik Modin and Jason Chimera tallied for the Blue Jackets, who had a franchise-long six-game home winning streak snapped.
Mueller scored the winning goal with 6:26 left in the third period. Shane Doan set him up beautifully with a pass from blue line to blue line, and Mueller skated in and beat Pascal Leclaire through the five-hole.
"I thought we played a really solid game tonight, a good road game," said Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky. "Coming into a building where the team has six in a row, playing really well at this point in the season."
Columbus got on the board just 21 seconds into the first period. Modin took a rebound and whipped a shot past Bryzgalov for a 1-0 edge.
Phoenix tied the game with 12:59 left in the second period with a power-play tally.
Blue Jacket defensemen Rostislav Klesla failed to clear the disc, leading to Mueller's first goal of the game. He skated the puck along the boards by Columbus defenders, who failed to make much contact, and chipped the puck past Leclaire.
With 1:36 left in the second, Chimera's one-timer beat Bryzgalov high to the glove side, giving the Blue Jackets a 2-1 lead.
It did not take long for the Coyotes to pull even, though, as Tjarnqvist scored just 1:35 into the third period. After Vrbata's shot deflected high off Leclaire, Tjarnqvist tapped the puck into the net, past the unaware goaltender.
"I was up on the shot," said Leclaire. "My angles were right. It just hit me in the shoulder and then it popped up and I lost it. It was a bad rebound. Nine times out of 10, it will come out in front of me. I just kind of lost it. I gave up a couple bad rebounds tonight. It just seemed like I couldn't come up with the big save when it was 2-2."
Columbus defenseman Adam Foote missed the game with a stomach flu...Leclaire finished with 24 stops...Doan pushed his points streak to a career-high 11 games...Phoenix improved to 19-0-0 when scoring four of more goals...Columbus had not lost at home since a 3-1 setback to Nashville on December 23...Attendance was 15,127...The Blue Jackets announced they traded left winger Jody Shelley to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a sixth-round pick, after the game.
01/29 23:51:58 ET