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COYOTES 4, BLUE JACKETS 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM
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COYOTES 4, BLUE JACKETS 1
Phoenix Coyotes 4, Columbus Blue Jackets 1

By Dave Vest
COLUMBUS -- Backup goalie Jason LaBarbera made 31 saves as Phoenix beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-1, Wednesday night at Nationwide Arena.

At Tuesday's practice, Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett spoke about how some of his players needed to start contributing offensively. Three of them - center Martin Hanzal, and defensemen Jim Vandermeer and Zbynek Michalek - responded with their first goals of the season.

"It was a good, solid group effort," Tippett said. "We have to continue to build on that. We want consistency of that - not up and down - and that's what we're looking for."

The Coyotes (7-4-1) went 3 for 6 on their power plays.

“We’re not doing a good job killing penalties and we’re paying for it," Blue Jackts Head Coach Ken Hitchcock said. "When you can’t kill penalties, it puts a lot of pressure on other areas (of the game). We’ll work on it; we have work to do there.”

The victory was the first for LaBarbera since signing with the Coyotes in the off-season. In two-plus games, he has stopped 80 of 84 shots.

Trailing 1-0 in the second period, Phoenix knotted the score at 10:33 when Hanzal poked a rebound past Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason early in a power play. Defenseman Keith Yandle set up the goal with a shot from the left side that Ed Jovanovski redirected at Mason.

The Coyotes took the lead for good at 13:17 of the second period when Vandermeer's shot from the left point ricocheted off defender Fedor Tyutin and into the Columbus goal.

In the third period, Blue Jackets center Derick Brassard was called for goaltender interference at 9:55. Halfway through the power play, Michalek beat Mason with a powerful slap shot from between the circles.

Center Robert Lang added a cosmetic goal for the Coyotes late in the third period.

The Blue Jackets (6-5-0) outshot the Coyotes 13-4 in the first period, but LaBarbera made 12 saves to keep his team in the game.

Coyotes forward Scottie Upshall was called for a four-minute penalty at 17:21 when he drew blood from Marc Methot's face with his stick. Exactly one minute later, Brassard beat LaBarbera with a high shot from the bottom of the right circle after a shot from the point by Kris Russell failed to get through traffic in front of the Phoenix net.
 
Coyotes goalie Jason LaBarbera made several dazzling stops, but the most crucial one came with 2:59 left in the second period when he made a nifty pad save on a shot from between the circles by Columbus center Antoine Vermette to preserve a 2-1 lead. Later, during a four-on-four segment in the third period, LaBarbera stopped a shot by Derick Brassard to foil a two-on-one rush. 
 
• Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle had a career-high three assists. His prettiest came when he gathered a loose puck in the Columbus zone and nicely slid the puck to Robert Lang to set up an easy goal in the third period.

• Fans inside Nationwide Arena gave Coyotes Assistant Coach Dave King a standing ovation when he was acknowledged on the center-ice scoreboard late in the first period. King was the head coach of the Blue Jackets when they first entered the NHL in 2000-01.

• Coyotes forward Scottie Upshall totaled six minutes of penalties in the second period. As a result, he played just 1:35 in the third period.

• The Coyotes scratched Lauri Korpikoski and Sean Sullivan. Columbus scratched Michael Blunden and Mathieu Roy.

• Before the game, the Coyotes announced a time change for the team’s game vs. the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, Dec. 26 at Jobing.com Arena. The game will now start at 7 p.m. (Arizona time) instead of the originally scheduled start time of 6:00 p.m..
 
"Sometimes it’s easy to feel like you’re on vacation, but at the same time, you know, your job is to be ready. You never know when you’re going to go in. So that’s part of the gig, you know, you always have to be ready." "We didn’t go chasing anybody...  Any time you do play a team like that you have to be careful and just make sure you give them the least chances you can." "I think we did alright in the first period. After that we just didn’t do the simple things, didn’t get pucks deep, and didn’t do the hard things to win at home."
LaBarbera Lang Nash
 
LaBarbera Yandle Vandermeer
 
  • Oct. 28, 2009: PHX 4, CBJ 1
  • Dec. 17, 2009:
  • Oct. 10, 2009: CBJ 2, PHX 0
  • Dec. 21, 2009:  TICKETS
scoring summary
1st Period
18:21
CBJ
PPG - Derick Brassard (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Raffi Torres (1), Kris Russell (3)
1 - 0 CBJ
2nd Period
10:33
PHX
PPG - Martin Hanzal (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Ed Jovanovski (6), Keith Yandle (2)
1 - 1 Tie
13:17
PHX
Jim Vandermeer (1) Deflected shot - ASST: Vernon Fiddler (4), Daniel Winnik (4)
2 - 1 PHX
3rd Period
10:55
PHX
PPG - Zbynek Michalek (1) Slapshot - ASST: Radim Vrbata (2), Keith Yandle (3)
3 - 1 PHX
14:37
PHX
PPG - Robert Lang (2) Snap shot - ASST: Keith Yandle (4)
4 - 1 PHX
penalty summary
1st Period
06:28
PHX
Paul Bissonnette  Fighting (maj) against  Jared Boll
06:28
CBJ
Jared Boll  Fighting (maj) against  Paul Bissonnette
17:21
PHX
Scottie Upshall  Hi stick - double minor against  Marc Methot
18:48
PHX
Jim Vandermeer  Fighting (maj) against  R.J. Umberger
18:48
CBJ
R.J. Umberger  Fighting (maj) against  Jim Vandermeer
18:48
CBJ
R.J. Umberger  Roughing against  Jim Vandermeer
2nd Period
00:33
PHX
Shane Doan  Slashing against  Fedor Tyutin
08:20
PHX
Adrian Aucoin  Holding against  Rick Nash
10:01
CBJ
Kristian Huselius  Hooking against  Zbynek Michalek
10:33
CBJ
Mike Commodore  Roughing against  Martin Hanzal
15:34
PHX
Scottie Upshall  Slashing against  Derick Brassard
18:44
CBJ
Mike Commodore  Tripping against  Peter Mueller
3rd Period
06:35
CBJ
Rick Nash  Holding against  Taylor Pyatt
06:35
PHX
Vernon Fiddler  Roughing against  Kristian Huselius
09:55
CBJ
Derick Brassard  Interference on goalkeeper against  Jason LaBarbera
14:11
CBJ
Anton Stralman  Hooking against  Radim Vrbata
16:01
PHX
Sami Lepisto  Hooking against  Derick Brassard
goalie stats
Jason LaBarbera
SA: 32TOI: 59:57
Saves: 31EV: 23 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .969SH: 1 - 1
Steve Mason
Steve Mason
5-4-0
SA: 23TOI: 59:56
Saves: 19EV: 14 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 6
SV%: .826SH: 2 - 2
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