Blue Jackets win shootout over Coyotes 7-5

December 18, 2015

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Brandon Saad, Alexander Wennberg and Cam Atkinson each had a goal and two assists and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Arizona Coyotes 7-5 on Thursday night to end a five-game losing streak.

Arizona goalies Anders Lindback and Louis Domingue faced just 20 shots on goal. Lindback allowed four goals on 10 shots and Domingue let in another two goals after entering in the second period.

Matt Calvert, Nick Foligno, David Clarkson and Brandon Dubinsky also scored for Columbus. Dubinsky's goal was an empty-netter. Scott Hartnell also had two assists.

Tobias Rieder had two goals for Arizona, and Antoine Vermette, Victor Tikhonov and Jordan Martinook also scored.


Columbus' Curtis McElhinney stopped 27 shots and overcame a nasty collision late in the game.

The Coyotes have lost seven of their last eight games. Arizona has allowed at least five goals in six of those losses.

The teams combined for six goals in the second period, including five in just over 4 minutes. After that, two simultaneous fights broke out involving two players from each team, resulting in an Arizona power play.

With under 5 minutes left in the third, Max Domi rushed into McElhinney. The goalie's helmet came off in the collision and his head bounced off the ice.

Rieder made it 6-5 about 3 minutes into the third, but Dubinsky scored an empty-netter with 50 seconds left.

Foligno gave Columbus the lead 5-4 with 2:49 left in the second period, skating in on net alone and scoring. Clarkson's early third-period goal gave the Blue Jackets a 6-4 lead.

Tikhonov's first goal of the season and first in the NHL since 2009 tied the score at 2 in the second period, and Rieder gave Arizona a 3-2 lead 10 seconds later.

Wennberg and Atkinson then scored for the Blue Jackets before Martinhook finished a wrap-around goal guided in by his left hand to tie it with 7:39 left in the second. By that time, Lindback had been replaced by Domingue. Lindback played a little over 30 minutes.

NOTES: D Jack Johnson, C Ryan Johansen and D David Savard were scratched for Columbus. Johansen was a healthy scratch despite getting 22 points in 31 games this season. ... LW Anthony Duclair's 10 goals are tied for the second-most on the Coyotes, but he was scratched due to illness. It was his first missed game of the season. ... D Zbynek Michalek (lower-body injury) was also scratched for the second straight game. ... Coyotes captain Shane Doan tied Al MacInnis for 30th place on the NHL's career games played list with 1,416.