|PHX||1||1||0||(0 - 0)||2|
|CBJ||2||1||0||(0 - 0)||3|
|G: 1||Shots: 2|
|A: 1||Hits: 3|
|PTS: 2||PIM: 0|
|+/-: 2||TOI: 27:32|
|SA: 40||TOI: 60:00|
|GA: 2||EV: 33-35|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4-4|
|SV%: .950||SH: 1-1|
|G: 1||Shots: 2|
|A: 0||Hits: 0|
|PTS: 1||PIM: 0|
|+/-: 1||TOI: 13:40|
By Associated Press
COLUMBUS -- A bad start and a disputed goal added up to more hardship for the slumping Coyotes on Tuesday night.
Jack Johnson scored his first goal for Columbus, Steve Mason made 38 saves and the Blue Jackets beat Phoenix, 3-2, at Nationwide Arena.
The Coyotes (33-25-9) have been outscored 14-7 during a costly four-game slide which has knocked them out of the lead in the Pacific Division standings.
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Just as they had in a 5-2 loss to the Blue Jackets at home on Saturday night, the Coyotes fell behind 2-0 and couldn't recover. Columbus (21-38-7) needed less than four minutes to score twice on Tuesday.
Just 31 seconds in, Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger settled a high pass by catching it and dropping it on his stick. He then skated past Coyotes defenseman Michal Rozsival before floating in by himself and beating goalie Mike Smith high on the stick side.
Johnson then took a cross-ice set-up from Vinny Prospal that found him by himself on the left wing. He skated in and netted a hard shot on Smith's glove side.
That was it for Smith, who had lobbied Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett before the game to let him make his 10th straight start despite having played on Monday at Pittsburgh. Tippett inserted backup Jason LaBarbera into the game at 3:54 of the first period after Smith had faced just seven shots.
Mason, who struggled all season, has suddenly strung together three strong games in a row while allowing only four goals. He made 30 saves in the 5-2 win over the Coyotes on Saturday in Glendale.
Antoine Vermette, whom Columbus dealt to Phoenix on Feb. 22 for two draft picks and a backup goalie, scored for the Coyotes to cut the lead to 2-1 midway through the first period.
But the Blue Jackets regained their two-goal lead early in the second period with a controversial goal (see KEY MOMENT below).
Keith Yandle scored at 16:26 of the second period to narrow the gap to a goal again, but Mason and his defense were stout in the scoreless third period.
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The Coyotes were 0 for 5 on power plays including a 20-second five-on-three segment in the third period.
"Your goalie has to be your best penalty killer and he sure was tonight," Johnson said of Mason. "We were just trying to keep the shots to the outside and he did the rest. He made some spectacular saves to win us the game. He came up big."
Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson was stymied on a hard shot gloved by Mason while the Coyotes were short-handed with 7:35 left. Phoenix's Radim Vrbata's chest-high shot stunned Mason in the final seconds, but Columbus defenseman James Wisniewski cleared the puck from the crease.
Mason also made big saves on Doan and Ray Whitney early in the final period.
"We talked about a few things not going our way right now," Tippett said. "We have to keep our head above water. We've got to get back at it and find a way to get a win."
► EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com edited this story and compiled this recap.
|R.J. Umberger (11) ASST: Derick Brassard (19), Jack Johnson (18)|
1 - 0 CBJ
|Jack Johnson (9) ASST: Vinny Prospal (31), Mark Letestu (9)|
2 - 0 CBJ
|Antoine Vermette (9) ASST: Ray Whitney (40), Shane Doan (21)|
2 - 1 CBJ
|Derek MacKenzie (7) ASST: Derek Dorsett (6), Colton Gillies (5)|
3 - 1 CBJ
|Keith Yandle (9) ASST: Taylor Pyatt (8), Mikkel Boedker (11)|
3 - 2 CBJ
|Derek Dorsett Fighting (maj) against Taylor Pyatt|
|Taylor Pyatt Fighting (maj) against Derek Dorsett|
|Derek Dorsett Roughing against Taylor Pyatt|
|Derick Brassard Hi-sticking against Daymond Langkow|
|Raffi Torres Holding against John Moore|
|Adrian Aucoin Tripping against Darryl Boyce|
|Cam Atkinson Interference on goalkeeper against Jason LaBarbera|
|Martin Hanzal Hi-sticking against Ryan Russell|
|Ryan Russell Slashing against Martin Hanzal|
|Fedor Tyutin Tripping against Ray Whitney|
|Aaron Johnson Hooking against Shane Doan|
|Martin Hanzal Interference against Derek MacKenzie|