Shorthanded Coyotes suffer 5th straight loss
Jordan Oesterle had a goal and an assist and Connor Garland scored for Arizona, which has lost five in a row. The Coyotes played their first home game in almost three weeks, with two three-game road trips sandwiching the NHL All-Star weekend and a break in the schedule.
The Blue Jackets went on the attack early and cashed in at 3:02 of the first period. Sedlak put away a loose puck amid a scrum of players and sticks in front of the Arizona net for his third goal of the season.
Savard got the puck off a faceoff in the Coyotes’ zone and zipped a high wrist shot past the Coyotes’ Darcy Kuemper at 17:13. The Blue Jackets outshot the Coyotes 16-9 in the first 20 minutes.
Josh Archibald was so close to tying this game. pic.twitter.com/d7okuAwujQ
— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) February 8, 2019
Kuemper had 29 saves.
The Coyotes scored the first two goals of the second period, with Oesterle taking a pass from Nick Cousins and sending in a hard wrist shot at 4:20.
Garland, who has 11 goals in only 27 games, got a pass on the fly from Oesterle and broke into the clear, beating Bobrovsky stick side at 6:03 to tie it.
Columbus took the lead at 3-2 with Anderson tipping in teammate Seth Jones‘ slap shot that went between the legs of a defender at 10:24. Jones has six assists in his last seven games, and Anderson has three goals in four games.
The Coyotes’ Josh Archibald hit a goalpost with a shot midway through the third period.
Jenner sealed the Blue Jackets’ 30th win of the season with an unassisted goal at 13:52, his 10th.
NOTES: Kuemper made his 29th start of the season, a personal high for most in a season. … Kuemper and D Kevin Connauton returned to the lineup after missing the Coyotes’ last game with injuries. … D Kyle Capobianco, in only his second game of the season and first at home after being called up last week, left with 12:14 left in the third period after taking a hit against the boards from Foligno and suffering what appeared to be a knee injury. … Columbus has 13 wins on Thursdays this season and only one loss…. C Brandon Dubinsky missed his second straight game due to a hip injury.
Arizona hosts Dallas on Saturday.