NHL: Coyotes drop 2nd straight at home

2012-03-04T00:00:00Z NHL: Coyotes drop 2nd straight at homeThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 04, 2012 12:00 am  • 

GLENDALE - Rick Nash had two goals and an assist and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Phoenix Coyotes 5-2 on Saturday night.

Nikita Nikitin and Derick Brassard scored in the third period after the Coyotes rallied from a two-goal deficit to make it 2-2.

Colton Gillies got an empty-net goal to cap the scoring for the Blue Jackets, who have won two in a row on the road for the first time this season. Nash, whose wish to be traded went unfulfilled, has four goals in his last four games and six in his last seven.

Ray Whitney and Lauri Korpikoski scored for Phoenix. Shane Doan assisted on both goals.

After going 11-0-1 in February, the Coyotes have lost two in a row, both at home.

Steve Mason made 30 saves for the Blue Jackets. Mike Smith had 21 for the Coyotes.

Phoenix center Gilbert Brule returned after missing four games after taking injuring his head against the Los Angeles Kings on Feb. 21.

• Penguins 5, Avalanche 1: In Denver, Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 35 shots, Steve Sullivan had a goal and an assist and Pittsburgh beat Colorado to stretch its winning streak to a season-high five games.

The Penguins won after losing another player to a concussion. Defenseman Kris Letang was scratched after taking an inadvertent hit to the head from Dallas' Eric Nystrom on Wednesday night. Captain Sydney Crosby has missed 36 games with neck and concussion-like symptoms this season.

• Sabres 5, Canucks 3: In Vancouver, British Columbia, Buffalo forward Ville Leino scored two early goals to lead the Sabres.

• Islanders 3, Bruins 2: In Boston, John Tavares tipped in Matt Moulson's shot for the tiebreaking goal with 4:39 left, Evgeni Nabokov stopped 32 shots, and the New York Islanders snapped a five-game, road-losing streak in a win over Boston.

Tyler Seguin tied it for Boston with his 22nd goal early in the third period. Tim Thomas took the loss in relief of injured starter Tuukka Rask, who left with an undisclosed injury midin the second period.

• Maple Leafs 3, Canadiens 1: In Montreal, Mikhail Grabovski scored twice in the third period as Toronto gave Randy Carlyle a win in his first game as the Leafs' coach, beating Montreal.

The Maple Leafs fired Ron Wilson on Friday night and hired Carlyle.

Matt Frattin also scored and Jonas Gustavsson made 21 saves to help Toronto end a six-game losing streak.

• Predators 3, Panthers 1: In Sunrise, Fla., Mike Fisher scored early in the second period and Pekka Rinne made 39 saves in Nashville's win over Florida.

David Legwand and Andrei Kostitsyn also scored. It was the 100th NHL goal for Kostitsyn, acquired at this week's trade deadline.

• Lightning 4, Hurricanes 3, OT: In Raleigh, N.C., Steven Stamkos scored twice, including a power-play goal 2:41 into overtime, to lift Tampa Bay over Carolina. Stamkos leads the NHL with 47 goals.

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