Columbus
Blue Jackets
33-42-7
Phoenix
Coyotes
31-46-5

27 SOG
35 SOG
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CBJ
PHX
game recap

Blue Jackets 4, Coyotes 3

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:29 AM

Associated Press

GLENDALE , Ariz. (AP) -Rick Nash capitalized on his chances and made the Blue Jackets winners away from home again.

Nash scored twice and was solid all over the ice to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to its second road win in as many nights, a 4-3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday.

The Blue Jackets took care of the Stars in Dallas on Friday night by winning in a shootout. On Saturday, they were strong in the third period and took care of the Coyotes in regulation.

"We played well and stuck to our system," Nash said. "That's two huge points on this road trip."

Nash's scoring is down this season, but Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock still looks at the 22-year-old as a developing leader and all-around player.

"Right now, he's playing extremely well," Hitchcock said of Nash. "He was in a strong position to score and should have scored four."

Fredrik Modin broke a 2-2 tie early in the third period with a power-play goal. Modin's 17th goal of the season was the 199th of his NHL career. Nash added his second of the night - and 20th of the season - just over five minutes later.

David Vyborny had three assists for the Blue Jackers to push his season total to 42 assists, one short of a career best.

Nash put Columbus on the board first, converting a centering pass from Vyborny at 2:37 for his 20th goal of the season.

Phoenix tied the game late in the period when Shane Doan scored on the power play at 15:44. At the left of the net, Doan knocked in the rebound of Keith Ballard's shot from the left point.

Early in the second, the Coyotes broke the tie when Ballard ripped a slap shot from the left face off that beat goalie Brian Boucher at 1:41.

Columbus answered when Jason Chimera flipped in a backhander at 8:36 of the second period. Chimera converted a centering pass off the left wing boards from Manny Malhotra into his 13th goal of the season.

The Coyotes cut the into the 4-2 Columbus lead when Jeff Taffe , just recalled from AHL San Antonio, scored his first goal of the season on a backhander at 7:25 of the third.

The Coyotes had several opportunities late in the game to tie. The Jackets were called for two minor penalties in a 3-minute span midway through the final period.

"We capitalized early in the game and had the opportunity late, but we didn't utilize the chances," Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky. "There was not a lack of effort on our part. I thought we tried everything we could to get the goal."

Despite the power-play opportunities in the third period, the Coyotes were outshot 11-9.

Notes: Nash has reached 20 goals in each of his four years in the NHL. ... The season series ended with two wins each . ... Phoenix plays seven of its next 10 games at home. ... The crowd was announced at 16,207, short of a sellout. The Coyotes have sold out only one home game this season.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:37
CBJ
Rick Nash (20) Wrist shot - ASST: David Vyborny (40), Geoff Platt (1)
1 - 0 CBJ
16:51
PHX
PPG - Shane Doan (22) Wrist shot - ASST: Keith Ballard (15), Steve Reinprecht (15)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
01:41
PHX
PPG - Keith Ballard (5) Slapshot - ASST: NONE
2 - 1 PHX
08:36
CBJ
Jason Chimera (13) Backhand shot - ASST: Manny Malhotra (13), Gilbert Brule (9)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
00:27
CBJ
PPG - Freddy Modin (16) Backhand shot - ASST: Rick Nash (23), Rostislav Klesla (9)
3 - 2 CBJ
05:29
CBJ
Rick Nash (21) Wrist shot - ASST: David Vyborny (41), Geoff Platt (2)
4 - 2 CBJ
07:25
PHX
Jeff Taffe (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Bill Thomas (2), Yanick Lehoux (2)
4 - 3 CBJ
penalty summary
1st Period
07:39
CBJ
Rostislav Klesla  Roughing against  Daniel Carcillo
15:49
CBJ
Rostislav Klesla  Tripping against  Daniel Carcillo
17:11
PHX
Fredrik Sjostrom  Holding the stick
2nd Period
00:35
CBJ
David Vyborny  Interference
10:00
CBJ
Bryan Berard  Roughing against  Niko Kapanen
13:23
CBJ
Bryan Berard  Hooking against  Kevyn Adams
18:07
PHX
Steve Reinprecht  Holding
19:13
PHX
Derek Morris  Holding against  Rick Nash
3rd Period
08:24
PHX
Fredrik Sjostrom  Holding against  Ole-Kristian Tollefsen
10:31
CBJ
Manny Malhotra  Interference against  Jeff Taffe
12:54
CBJ
Ole-Kristian Tollefsen  Holding against  Shane Doan
16:46
PHX
Brendan Bell  Hooking against  Nikolay Zherdev
19:57
CBJ
Ole-Kristian Tollefsen  Fighting (maj) against  Keith Ballard
19:57
PHX
Jeff Taffe  Abuse of officials - bench
19:57
PHX
Keith Ballard  Fighting (maj) against  Ole-Kristian Tollefsen
goalie stats
Brian Boucher
Brian Boucher
SA: 35TOI: 59:41
Saves: 32EV: 23 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 10
SV%: .914SH: 1 - 1
Curtis Joseph
Curtis Joseph
SA: 27TOI: 59:05
Saves: 23EV: 14 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .852SH: 2 - 2
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