Columbus
Blue Jackets
41-31-10
Phoenix
Coyotes
36-39-7

29 SOG
30 SOG
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PHX
game recap

Coyotes 3, Blue Jackets 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Associated Press

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Coyotes 3, Blue Jackets 1
Columbus Blue Jackets 1, Phoenix Coyotes 3

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -Olli Jokinen didn't need much time to make an impression with his new team.

He had a first-period goal and assist in his Phoenix debut Saturday night and the Coyotes went on to win their season opener, 3-1 over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Coyotes' Keith Yandle scored the most spectacular goal of the night, a slap shot from just inside the blue line for Phoenix's third goal with 13:16 left in the second period.

Peter Mueller had the other goal for the Coyotes.

Phoenix acquired Jokinen from Florida for Keith Ballard, Nick Boynton and a second-round pick on the second day of the draft, looking for veteran leadership for a young team.

"We came out flying," Jokinen said. "We had a lot of energy out there. A lot of guys were playing their first game, and almost the whole first period was good hockey for us."

The Finnish center scored the Coyotes' first goal 12 seconds after he stepped out of the penalty box, where he had served 2 minutes for hooking.

He took a pass from 19-year-old Kyle Turris near the top of the left circle on a power play and wristed a shot past Columbus goalie Pascal Leclair just over 6 minutes into the game for his 209th career goal.

Jokinen praised the youngster's play.

"It looked like the guy's been in the league for 10 years," Jokinen said, "and that was his fourth game."

Phoenix scored on another power play to make it 2-0, Jokinen passing to Mueller, who scored from the left point with 1:47 to go in the first.

Columbus couldn't recover from eight first-period penalties.

"You can't take penalties on the road like we did," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We constantly dug ourselves into a hole. I thought we came alive in the second period, but their third goal was a killer."

The Blue Jackets' Rick Nash screened Phoenix goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to clear the way for Derick Brassard's goal that cut it to 2-1 with 15:50 left in the second.

Columbus was without center Michael Peca, who was suspended indefinitely for making contact with an official in Columbus' season-opening 5-4 overtime victory in Dallas on Friday night. Peca is appealing the suspension.

"He is such a big player for us and has tons of experience in the locker room and on the ice," Nash said. "But we also have guys that can step up and play."

Nash missed consecutive breakaway shots early in the second period for Columbus.

He praised Bryzgalov's defense, to a point.

"He came out and cut angles, but I also missed," Nash said. "I had opportunities and missed the net."

Two referees were needed to stop a fight between Phoenix's Daniel Winnick and Columbus' Derek Dorsett with just under 6 minutes left in the first period. Each drew 7 minutes in penalties. Winnick, judged by the officials to be the instigator, also got a 10-minute misconduct penalty.

"He jumped in for his teammate," Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky said. "We're not going to back down. There's no question about that."

Winnick left the game with a bloody face with just over 3 minutes to go. Replays showed he was hit in the face with a stick, but no penalty was called. Dorsett also got into a scuffle with Yandle with 2 1/2 minutes to go.

Columbus' Jiri Novotny left with an apparent shoulder injury after being slammed into the boards by Shane Doan with 8 minutes left in the game.

Notes: Jokinen played in his 377th consecutive game, the NHL's second-longest active streak behind Andrew Brunette of Minnesota at 453. ... Columbus won both of its games in Phoenix last season. ... The Coyotes play their next four on the road. ... The Blue Jackets are at San Jose on Tuesday, then play their home opener against Nashville on Friday.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:11
PHX
PPG - Olli Jokinen (1) ASST: Kyle Turris (1), Kevin Porter (1)
1 - 0 PHX
18:13
PHX
PPG - Peter Mueller (1) ASST: Olli Jokinen (1), Martin Hanzal (1)
2 - 0 PHX
2nd Period
04:10
CBJ
PPG - Derick Brassard (2) ASST: Christian Backman (2), Jason Chimera (3)
2 - 1 PHX
06:44
PHX
Keith Yandle (1) ASST: Steve Reinprecht (1), David Hale (1)
3 - 1 PHX
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
03:59
PHX
Olli Jokinen  Hooking against  Fedor Tyutin
04:28
CBJ
Jakub Voracek  Hooking against  Martin Hanzal
11:36
CBJ
Jared Boll  Tripping against  Daniel Carcillo
14:08
CBJ
Derek Dorsett  Fighting (maj) against  Daniel Winnik
14:08
PHX
Daniel Winnik  Fighting (maj) against  Derek Dorsett
14:08
CBJ
Derek Dorsett  Boarding against  Keith Yandle
14:08
PHX
Daniel Winnik  Instigator against  Derek Dorsett
14:08
PHX
Daniel Winnik  Misconduct (10 min)
15:26
CBJ
Kristian Huselius  Hooking against  Daniel Carcillo
16:11
CBJ
Jan Hejda  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
18:07
CBJ
Fedor Tyutin  Hooking against  Steve Reinprecht
19:31
CBJ
Mike Commodore  Interference against  Steve Reinprecht
2nd Period
02:50
PHX
Keith Yandle  Slashing against  Kristian Huselius
15:33
CBJ
Derick Brassard  Hooking against  Steve Reinprecht
3rd Period
12:56
PHX
Martin Hanzal  Hooking against  Rick Nash
17:24
PHX
Keith Yandle  Roughing against  Derek Dorsett
17:24
PHX
Keith Yandle  Roughing against  Derek Dorsett
17:24
CBJ
Derek Dorsett  Roughing against  Keith Yandle
goalie stats
Pascal Leclaire
SA: 30TOI: 57:24
Saves: 27EV: 22 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 6
SV%: .900SH: 1 - 1
Ilya Bryzgalov
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
Saves: 28EV: 23 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .966SH: 1 - 1
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