Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Josh Anderson (77) shields the puck from Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson in the first period during an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Friday, February 08, 2019 12:40 am
Jenner, Anderson lead Blue Jackets past Coyotes 4-2
JOSE M. ROMERO | Associated Press
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Boone Jenner and Josh Anderson each tallied a goal and an assist, leading the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-2 win over the slumping Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.
David Savard and Lukas Sedlak also scored for Columbus, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29 shots as the Blue Jackets won their second straight after a five-game losing streak.
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.
Columbus almost had a goal at 14:07 when Nick Foligno's attempt was cleared off the line by Arizona's Christian Fischer. Three minutes later, the Blue Jackets made it 2-0.
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.
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.
Columbus: at Vegas on Saturday.
Arizona: hosts Dallas on Saturday.