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Blue Jackets 5, Coyotes 3

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Blue Jackets 5, Coyotes 3
Phoenix Coyotes 3, Columbus Blue Jackets 5

By Associated Press
COLUMBUS -- Rookie Matt Calvert had three goals and an assist, and the Columbus Blue Jackets bounced back from an early two-goal deficit to beat the Coyotes, 5-3, on Friday night at Nationwide Arena.

Calvert, playing in his 20th NHL game, had never had two goals in a game.

R.J. Umberger had a goal and two assists, Jacob Voracek scored, Derek MacKenzie had two assists and Steve Mason stopped 25 shots for the Blue Jackets (31-23-6).

The Coyotes (33-21-9), who had won eight games in a row before an 8-3 loss at Tampa Bay on Wednesday, got goals from David Schlemko, Radim Vrbata and Lauri Korpikoski.

The game was important for both teams with Phoenix, playing its fourth game on a five-game Eastern swing, trying to hang onto a playoff spot and the Blue Jackets inching closer to the top eight in the West.

The Blue Jackets were 3 for 9 on power plays.

Calvert, playing his first professional season, has six goals in the last five games. Just 2:37 into the second period, with the score tied at 2, he fired a shot on the power play that glanced off defenseman Derek Morris' jersey and into the net.

Midway through, he scored as if he were taking batting practice (see KEY MOMENT below).

He then lifted his own rebound past Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov for his third goal at 3:27 of the third period, becoming only the second Blue Jackets rookie to score that many in a game. A crowd of 16,771 tossed hundreds of hats onto the ice.

Photo by Getty Images.
The Coyotes, whose winning streak in Columbus ended at six games, had everything going their way early.

At 1:34 of the first period, Schlemko, trailing the play, opened the scoring. Not long after, Bryzgalov stopped Umberger on a penalty shot. Umberger tried to jam the puck between Bryzgalov's leg pads but the goalie smothered it.

After the Blue Jackets had two giveaways in their defensive zone, Vrbata made them play when he scored on a backhander with defenseman Marc Methot draped across his back.

But the rest of the period and the game belonged to the Blue Jackets. They converted on their first two power-play opportunities, with Umberger picking up his 20th when he crashed the net and scored off a MacKenzie assist.

Columbus later had more than a minute of 5 on 3, with Voracek corralling a blocked shot at the right doorstep and attempting to pass through the crease. But the puck went off the right skate of Michal Rozsival and slipped past Bryzgalov.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of compiled this recap.

With the Blue Jackets leading 3-2, Columbus forward Matt Calvert used impressive hand-eye coordination to score a highlight-reel goal by tipping the puck to himself waist high and then batting it over the glove of Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov at 8:52 of the second period.

► Click here to watch the KEY MOMENT.


• Forward Mikkel Boedker notched two assists for his first multi-point game of the season and the fifth of his NHL career. His current point streak is at three games.

• Defenseman David Schlemko scored a goal for the second consecutive game. It marks the first time Schlemko has put together a goal-scoring streak in his NHL career.

• Captain Shane Doan played in his 1,100th NHL game.

• The Coyotes played minus injured veterans Adrian Aucoin (lower-body), Ed Jovanovski (upper-body) and Ray Whitney (lower-body), all of whom are on the injured reserve list. Phoenix also played without winger Scottie Upshall, who served the second game of a two-game suspension for an illegal hit delivered to Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Oskars Bartulis in Tuesday's game.

• Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov lost his first decision since Feb. 2, snapping a career-high eight-game winning streak.

• Center Vernon Fiddler blocked a team-high four shots on goal and won 12 of 21 faceoffs.

• The Coyotes scratched Brett MacLean, Kyle Turris and Scottie Upshall (suspended).

• The Coyotes' next game is Sunday vs. Chicago at the United Center. The puck drops at 5 p.m. (Arizona time). The game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona Plus and can be heard on KFNN 1510 (AM).
"When you (take penalties) you are just giving the other team a better chance of winning and we just kept doing it until they won. Four or five of the penalties we took tonight were players that got beat in a one-on-one battle. That's just unacceptable for us right now." "We started the game the way we wanted to and let them back in it by giving them opportunities on the power play. Give them credit, they scored on them. And when we got our power plays, we didn't." "Seeing all the hats going down... the crowd was electric. It was unbelievable. It just kind of lasted for so long I didn't really know what to do. I just stood there. It was an exciting moment, something I'll remember for the rest of my career."
Tippett Doan Calvert
Umberger MacKenzie
  • Jan. 11, 2011: PHX 4, CBJ 3
• Feb. 25, 2011: CBJ 5, PHX 3
  • Jan. 4, 2011: PHX 4, CBJ 2
• March 24, 2011: 
scoring summary
1st Period
David Schlemko (2) ASST: Mikkel Boedker (5)
1 - 0 PHX
Radim Vrbata (16) ASST: Mikkel Boedker (6)
2 - 0 PHX
PPG - R.J. Umberger (20) ASST: Derek MacKenzie (9), Matt Calvert (4)
2 - 1 PHX
PPG - Jakub Voracek (12) ASST: Rick Nash (27), Grant Clitsome (10)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
PPG - Matt Calvert (7) ASST: Kris Russell (13)
3 - 2 CBJ
Matt Calvert (8) ASST: R.J. Umberger (25), Derek MacKenzie (10)
4 - 2 CBJ
3rd Period
Matt Calvert (9) ASST: R.J. Umberger (26), Jan Hejda (12)
5 - 2 CBJ
Lauri Korpikoski (14) ASST: Vernon Fiddler (11), Lee Stempniak (17)
5 - 3 CBJ
penalty summary
1st Period
Nolan Yonkman  Slashing against  Andrew Murray
Samuel Pahlsson  Holding against  Keith Yandle
Eric Belanger  Tripping against  Derek Dorsett
Martin Hanzal  Holding against  Anton Stralman
2nd Period
Lee Stempniak  Tripping against  Antoine Vermette
Kris Russell  Holding against  Taylor Pyatt
Shane Doan  Holding against  Derek Dorsett
Lee Stempniak  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Clark
Chris Clark  Fighting (maj) against  Lee Stempniak
3rd Period
Nolan Yonkman  Roughing against  Jared Boll
Nolan Yonkman  Roughing against  Jared Boll
Matt Calvert  Slashing against  Sami Lepisto
Oliver Ekman-Larsson  Hi-sticking against  Jared Boll
Anton Stralman  Interference on goalkeeper against  Ilya Bryzgalov
Martin Hanzal  Cross checking against  Samuel Pahlsson
R.J. Umberger  Interference against  David Schlemko
Jan Hejda  Clipping against  Mikkel Boedker
goalie stats
Ilya Bryzgalov
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 34TOI: 58:58
Saves: 29EV: 17 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 14
SV%: .853SH: 1 - 1
Steve Mason
Steve Mason
SA: 28TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 22 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
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