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Columbus Blue Jackets 1, Phoenix Coyotes 5 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Associated Press

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Columbus Blue Jackets 1, Phoenix Coyotes 5 FINAL
Columbus Blue Jackets 1, Phoenix Coyotes 5

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Returning to the ice less than 24 hours after a shootout victory didn't phase Ladislav Nagy and the Phoenix Coyotes.

Nagy had a goal and two assists, and David LeNeveu made 23 saves to help the Phoenix Coyotes beat Columbus 5-1 on Sunday night, extending the Blue Jackets' losing streak to five.

``I feel really good on the ice right now,'' said Nagy, who has a point in six straight games. ``I've got a lot of confidence.''

Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky said Nagy played his best game of the season Saturday during Phoenix's 4-3 shootout victory in San Jose.

Nagy extended his scoring streak on Phoenix's first goal, setting up Mike Johnson's goal from behind the net on a give-and-go at 6:37 of the first period. Johnson bounced the puck off the back of Columbus goalie Marc Denis for the power-play score.

``They play well together,'' Gretzky said. ``Nagy has a tremendous patience. That pass is a difficult one to make. You need to be patient and draw as much of the defense as you can before making the pass.''

Zbynek Michalek, Boyd Devereaux and former Blue Jackets forward Geoff Sanderson also scored for the Coyotes, who won for the third time in four games.

Gilbert Brule scored his first NHL goal for the Blue Jackets, who have lost nine of 10.

``I'm happy that I got the first one out of the way, but I know this team needs a win,'' Brule. ``I think that would be more important.''

Nagy was credited with his goal midway through the second period when the puck bounced off his skate before being kicked into the goal by Blue Jackets defenseman Radoslav Suchy.

Brule cut the lead to 2-1 with 1:52 left in the second, beating LeNeveu - starting for the first time since Nov. 6 - from the top of the left circle. But Michalek answered 52 seconds later for the Coyotes on a one-timer from the high slot.

``That was the back-breaking play of the night,'' LeNeveu said.

Devereaux made it 4-1 with 14:29 to go when he bounced a puck off the inside of the left post and into the net. Sanderson extended the lead to 5-1, firing the puck between Denis' pads from the left circle with 6:14 to go.

Denis, who allowed the five goals on 32 shots, was replaced by Martin Prusek after Sanderson scored.

``We have a lot of young guys and veterans and mistakes came from everyone,'' said Columbus coach Gerard Gallant. ``You can live with the young guys making mistakes but it is a little tougher when the veterans are making mistakes.''

Notes: Denis has allowed five or more goals four times in 15 games. ... Columbus C Manny Malhotra had the lone assist on Brule's goal to give him 11 points, all on assists. ... Coyotes C Peter Nedved returned to the lineup for the first time since injuring his elbow Oct. 25. Playing in his 900th NHL game, he earned an assist on Nagy's goal. ... The Blue Jackets were whistled for four penalties in the first period, all for high-sticking. ... Johnson had a second goal waved off early in the second period when Denis Gauthier was called for goalie interference. ... Malhotra and Nikolai Zherdev each rang shots off the posts in the game's first 21 minutes.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:37
PHX
PPG - Mike Johnson (5) ASST: Ladislav Nagy (12), Keith Ballard (7)
1 - 0 PHX
2nd Period
10:27
PHX
PPG - Ladislav Nagy (7) ASST: Petr Nedved (5), Paul Mara (13)
2 - 0 PHX
18:08
CBJ
Gilbert Brule (1) ASST: Manny Malhotra (11)
2 - 1 PHX
19:00
PHX
Zbynek Michalek (4) ASST: Ladislav Nagy (13), Fredrik Sjostrom (3)
3 - 1 PHX
3rd Period
05:31
PHX
Boyd Devereaux (2) ASST: Denis Gauthier (2), Mike Comrie (9)
4 - 1 PHX
13:46
PHX
Geoff Sanderson (4) ASST: Mike Comrie (10)
5 - 1 PHX
penalty summary
1st Period
00:52
CBJ
Alexandre Picard  Hi-sticking against  Mike Comrie
03:17
CBJ
Jason Chimera  Hi-sticking against  Geoff Sanderson
05:00
CBJ
Bryan Berard  Hi-sticking against  Dave Scatchard
07:37
PHX
Dave Scatchard  Interference against  David Vyborny
09:05
PHX
Fredrik Sjostrom  Holding against  Sergei Fedorov
11:09
CBJ
Sergei Fedorov  Hi-sticking
2nd Period
00:17
PHX
Dave Scatchard  Tripping against  Sergei Fedorov
01:35
CBJ
Bryan Berard  Slashing
04:22
PHX
Denis Gauthier  Interference against  Benjamin Simon
06:42
PHX
Denis Gauthier  Interference on goalkeeper against  Marc Denis
08:52
CBJ
Alexandre Picard  Interference on goalkeeper against  David Leneveu
09:13
CBJ
Adam Foote  Hi-sticking against  Paul Mara
3rd Period
02:38
CBJ
Jody Shelley  Roughing against  Mike Ricci
07:36
PHX
Derek Morris  Hooking
15:01
CBJ
Duvie Westcott  Roughing against  Oleg Saprykin
18:15
CBJ
Duvie Westcott  Holding
18:15
PHX
Mike Comrie  Holding
goalie stats
Marc Denis
SA: 33TOI: 53:32
Saves: 28EV: 16 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 14
SV%: .848SH: 0 - 0
Martin Prusek
SA: 0TOI: 6:14
Saves: 0EV: 0 - 0
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: SH: 0 - 0
David LeNeveu
SA: 24TOI: 59:29
Saves: 23EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .958SH: 2 - 2
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