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Blue Jackets 5, Coyotes 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Associated Press

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Blue Jackets 5, Coyotes 2
Columbus Blue Jackets 5, Phoenix Coyotes 2

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Rick Nash's return to the Columbus lineup has made life easier for Bryan Berard and the rest of the Blue Jackets' power play.

Berard scored three power-play goals for his first career hat trick, Sergei Fedorov added four assists and the Blue Jackets beat the Phoenix Coyotes 5-2 on Sunday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

"It was just one of those games where we did a good job of getting the puck back to the point," said Berard, playing in his third game since spending seven days on injured reserve because of a sore lower back. "Our power play since we got Nasher back, it's starting to come together."

Nash had a goal and an assist and Rostislav Klesla also scored to help the Blue Jackets win for the first time in regulation in 10 trips to Phoenix (1-6-3).

"It's good to get our first win in the desert," said Marc Denis, who made 32 saves for his eighth win. "What this really means for us is since Christmas we've been a .500 team on the road. For our franchise, it's a big turnaround."

Ladislav Nagy and Shane Doan scored for Phoenix. The Coyotes have lost three straight and eight of their last 12.

"Now we have to answer the same questions about what happened," Doan said. "Anybody in the dressing room who doesn't know how important this game was hasn't been paying attention very much. For us to come out and not find a way to win it is very disappointing."

Klesla gave Columbus a 1-0 lead at 6:16 of the first period when he received a pass from Fedorov off a faceoff, took one stride to his right and fired the puck past Curtis Joseph from the point.

Nagy tied it at 10:27 of the period, but Nash put the Blue Jackets ahead for good when he took the puck near center ice, leaped past defenseman Denis Gauthier just inside the blue line and beat Joseph with a backhand swipe at the puck.

Berard, whose career was nearly ended in 2000 by a serious eye injury, made it 3-1 with a power-play goal at 15:17 on a hard shot from the point, with help from a screen by Jaroslav Balastik in front of the crease.

Doan pulled Phoenix to 3-2 when he tipped a shot by Nagy past Denis for a power-play goal at 1:39 of the second period.

Berard scored again just under 2 minutes later, making it 4-2 on the Blue Jackets' ninth shot of the game on a wrist shot from between the circles.

Berard capped the scoring with 1:45 remaining.

"Right now we're not getting a whole lot out of anybody," said Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky. "We're just not getting the job done."

Notes: The Coyotes were unbeaten in their last six games against Columbus overall. ... Nash extended his points streak to five games. He has six goals and three assists in that span. ... The Coyotes outshot Columbus 17-2 in the third period. The Blue Jackets' two third-period shots matched a season low. ... The Blue Jackets, last in the NHL on the power play entering the game, scored three times on four opportunities. ... The Coyotes were 1-for-9 on the power play and are 2-for-22 in their last three games. ... Nagy's goal was his second in his last 12 games.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:16
CBJ
Rostislav Klesla (3) ASST: Sergei Fedorov (9)
1 - 0 CBJ
10:27
PHX
Ladislav Nagy (14) ASST: Petr Nedved (8), Denis Gauthier (7)
1 - 1 Tie
11:03
CBJ
Rick Nash (9) ASST: Sergei Fedorov (10), Duvie Westcott (11)
2 - 1 CBJ
15:57
CBJ
PPG - Bryan Berard (7) ASST: Duvie Westcott (12), David Vyborny (16)
3 - 1 CBJ
2nd Period
01:39
PHX
PPG - Shane Doan (12) ASST: Ladislav Nagy (32), Paul Mara (19)
3 - 2 CBJ
03:28
CBJ
PPG - Bryan Berard (8) ASST: Sergei Fedorov (11), David Vyborny (17)
4 - 2 CBJ
3rd Period
19:15
CBJ
PPG - Bryan Berard (9) ASST: Rick Nash (3), Sergei Fedorov (12)
5 - 2 CBJ
penalty summary
1st Period
08:02
CBJ
Ron Hainsey  Holding
12:07
PHX
Petr Nedved  Interference against  Rostislav Klesla
14:40
PHX
Tim Jackman  Interference
16:15
CBJ
Trevor Letowski  Holding against  Matt Jones
2nd Period
00:11
CBJ
Rostislav Klesla  Hooking against  Ladislav Nagy
02:04
CBJ
Jaroslav Balastik  Diving
02:04
PHX
Sean O'Donnell  Hooking against  Jaroslav Balastik
03:05
PHX
Paul Mara  Hooking
12:39
CBJ
Sergei Fedorov  Cross checking against  Jamie Lundmark
12:39
CBJ
Sergei Fedorov  Holding against  Jamie Lundmark
16:59
CBJ
Rostislav Klesla  Hooking
3rd Period
02:54
CBJ
Ron Hainsey  Interference against  Jamie Lundmark
10:13
CBJ
Ron Hainsey  Holding against  Tim Jackman
14:26
CBJ
Steven Goertzen  Holding against  Boyd Devereaux
18:52
PHX
Ladislav Nagy  Holding the stick
goalie stats
Marc Denis
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
Saves: 32EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 12
SV%: .941SH: 0 - 0
Curtis Joseph
Curtis Joseph
SA: 15TOI: 59:13
Saves: 10EV: 8 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 5
SV%: .667SH: 0 - 0
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