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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM
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Columbus Blue Jackets 2, Phoenix Coyotes 0

By Dave Vest
The Coyotes took the ice on Saturday night with an infusion of energy thanks to a sell-out/Whiteout crowd at Jobing.com Arena. They left the ice dejected after losing their home opener, 2-0, to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Columbus captain Rick Nash and R. J. Umberger scored the goals, but it was Blue Jackets backup goalie Mathieu Garon who was the real hero of the game. Garon, making his first start of the season, stopped 36 shots.

“They play a hard game around the net and rely on their goaltender a lot,” Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said after his first regular-season game behind the bench at Jobing.com Arena. “Garon gave them the saves they needed.”

Nash scored a pretty goal midway through the first period after a turnover by Coyotes captain Shane Doan near center ice. Umberger secured the victory with an empty-netter with 17 seconds left.

The Coyotes outshot the Blue Jackets 36-19, mostly because they had seven power plays, including two five-on three advantages. But Phoenix couldn’t get the puck past Garon and dropped to 2-2-0 after starting the season with victories at Los Angeles and then Pittsburgh.

Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov stopped all but one of the shots he faced.

The defeat spoiled the "Welcome Back Whiteout" the Coyotes staged to say thanks to their fans for their loyalty during a tumultuous off-season the franchise spent in bankruptcy court. Most of the fans in the sell-out crowd wore white shirts and waved white pom-poms.

"It was just a great atmosphere the whole night," Coyotes forward Scottie Upshall said. "It says a lot about the fans here that so many showed up and continue to support us."
Trailing 1-0, the Coyotes tried feverishly to tie the score in the third period. At 11:22, Doan, who turned 33 on Saturday, received a back-door pass to the right of Garon, but he wristed his shot off the left post instead of into the unguarded net.
• Coyotes defenseman Adrian Aucoin shot the puck past Garon during a power play late in the second period. The goal was not counted, however, because Columbus controlled the puck long enough to bring about a delayed penalty call.

• Coyotes forward Petr Prucha, who was knocked out of Thursday’s game against Buffalo, returned on Saturday and played 15:18.

• Enforcer Paul Bissonnette made his Coyotes debut and played 6:10. Phoenix claimed Bissonnette off waivers from Pittsburgh just before the regular season started.

• Before losing on Saturday, the Coyotes were 4-0-0 in home openers played at Jobing.com Arena/Glendale Arena.

• Phoenix scratched Lauri Korpikoski, Kurt Sauer and Francis Lessard, who is serving an NHL suspenion.
"We ran into a hot goaltender and, you know, when we had our opportunities we just missed and just missed isn’t good enough." "I made a mistake in the first period that ended up in the back of our net.
They were pretty good at shutting it down after that."
"They had a great crowd tonight, but we played a solid game and our goalie definitely won that one for us."
Jovanovski Doan Nash
Garon Bryzgalov Nash
  • Oct. 28, 2009:
  • Dec. 17, 2009:
  • Oct. 10, 2009: CBJ 2, PHX 0
  • Dec. 21, 2009:  TICKETS
scoring summary
1st Period
Rick Nash (2) ASST: Kristian Huselius (3), Derick Brassard (1)
1 - 0 CBJ
2nd Period
3rd Period
EN - R.J. Umberger (2) ASST: Rick Nash (5), Rostislav Klesla (2)
2 - 0 CBJ
penalty summary
1st Period
Martin Hanzal  Boarding against  Derek Dorsett
Raffi Torres  Tripping against  Adrian Aucoin
2nd Period
Marc Methot  Interference against  Scottie Upshall
Keith Yandle  Roughing against  Derek Dorsett
Derek Dorsett  Roughing against  Keith Yandle
Rostislav Klesla  Tripping against  Vernon Fiddler
Rick Nash  Hi-sticking against  Matthew Lombardi
Matthew Lombardi  Hooking against  Kristian Huselius
3rd Period
Derick Brassard  Hi stick - double minor against  Keith Yandle
Rostislav Klesla  Holding the stick against  Vernon Fiddler
goalie stats
Mathieu Garon
Mathieu Garon
SA: 36TOI: 59:57
Saves: 36EV: 24 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 10
SV%: 1.000SH: 2 - 2
Ilya Bryzgalov
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 18TOI: 59:05
Saves: 17EV: 12 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .944SH: 1 - 1
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