Columbus 4, Arizona 3

Friday, January 13, 2012 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Arizona 20-18-3-4 8-8-2-1 12-10-1-3 L3
Columbus 12-26-1-4 7-11-1-2 5-15-0-2 W1


Derick Brassard had a goal and an assist as the Columbus Blue Jackets shaded the Phoenix Coyotes 4-3 Friday night, giving Todd Richards his first victory as interim head coach.

Brassard's third multi-point effort in the last 11 outings allowed Columbus to win for just the second time this season when yielding the first goal. They came into the night 2-17-2 when falling behind first.

After Phoenix defenseman Adrian Aucoin put his team up less than two minutes into the game, the Blue Jackets responded with two goals in a span of 1:37 later in the period.

Tomas Kubalik evened the score at 5:32, tipping home an Aaron Johnson centering pass for his first NHL goal. Rick Nash then gave the Blue Jackets a 2-1 lead with a wrist shot that beat Coyotes netminder Jason LaBarbera through a screen.

Ryan Russell padded the advantage 1:52 into the second period before the Coyotes finally stopped the bleeding, as Lauri Korpikoski redirected a Radim Vrbata shot from in close at 8:48.

Brassard restored the two-goal lead with 1:24 remaining in the frame, blasting a shot past LaBarbera from the right circle.

Vrbata's 22nd of the year moved Phoenix back within one at 11:12 of the third frame, but the Coyotes couldn't convert the equalizer as they fell for just the third time in their last 11 meetings with the Blue Jackets.

Top Game Performances

Arizona   Columbus
Lauri Korpikoski 3 Points Derick Brassard 2
Lauri Korpikoski 1 Goals Derick Brassard 1
Lauri Korpikoski 2 Assists Derick Brassard 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Jason LaBarbera .875 Save Percentage Curtis Sanford .914
Jason LaBarbera 28 Saves Curtis Sanford 32

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Arizona 35 3 0-1 1-1 2 22
Columbus 32 4 0-1 1-1 2 33

Upcoming Games

  • Columbus will play its next game at home against San Jose. The Blue Jackets have a W/L % of .083 after a win and .355 after a loss.
  • Arizona will play its next game at home against Colorado. The Coyotes have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .542 after a loss.
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