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Columbus Blue Jackets 3, Phoenix Coyotes 3 FINAL OT

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:54 AM

Associated Press

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Columbus Blue Jackets 3, Phoenix Coyotes 3 FINAL OT
Columbus Blue Jackets 3, Phoenix Coyotes 3

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) _ For a journeyman on the blue line, Anders Eriksson is becoming quite a scoring threat.

Two days after his second goal of the season won a game against Minnesota, Eriksson had two against Phoenix, and the Columbus Blue Jackets skated to a 3-3 tie Monday night.

``You go in spurts when you're hot, I guess,'' said Eriksson, who played for Chicago, Florida and Toronto before signing with the Blue Jackets on Oct. 10. ``I never really knew what that felt like.''

David Vyborny tied the game at 2 on a penalty shot and assisted on Eriksson's goal that tied it again and helped Columbus earn a rare point in Phoenix.

``You take the goals from anywhere, anybody you can when you've got a player like Rick Nash out,'' assistant coach Gord Murphy said. ``It's got to be goals by committee. It was big. That's a real step in the right direction for our hockey club.''

Brian Boucher stopped 25 shots for the Coyotes. Ladislav Nagy and Jan Hrdina had a goal and an assist each, and Mike Sillinger scored a go-ahead goal in the third period.

But it wasn't enough for the Coyotes to end their four-game winless streak. They were 0-for-6 on the power play and continued the sloppy play that marked their three previous losses _ all at home.

The Coyotes are 8-11-4-1 at home, but only 2-7-2-0 in the new Glendale Arena.

``We've had a difficult time playing at home, put it on the table,'' Coyotes coach Bob Francis said.

Among their lapses was allowing a second penalty-shot goal in four games. Vyborny scored at 1:23 of the second period to tie the game at 2.

Eriksson scored both goals with 6:11 left in the first and third periods. His second negated Sillinger's score 1:20 into the final period.

The defenseman, who had only two goals coming in and 16 in his 382-game career, let fly with a one-timer high in the slot, and the puck drifted over Boucher's right shoulder.

``He's a smart player,'' goalie Marc Denis said. ``He's worked his way back this year from being a tryout at our training camp and through the American league and back on our roster. So he's been a big part of this team, and obviously he's picked up the slack lately.''

Denis had 29 saves for Columbus, which has the NHL's worst road record (3-15-4-2) but is 2-4-3-0 away from home since Gerard Gallant became interim coach on Jan. 1. The Blue Jackets are 0-4-3-0 overall in Phoenix.

Calgary's Shean Donovan beat the Coyotes with a penalty-shot goal on Jan. 27, scoring against Sean Burke with 2:08 remaining.

This time, Vyborny, who scored twice on penalty shots in 2000-01 to become the first rookie to do so, tied it at 2 against Boucher 1:23 into the second period.

Referee Stephane Auger awarded the free shot after Coyotes captain Shane Doan tripped Vyborny as he bore in on Boucher on a short-handed breakaway. Vyborny skated right, then curled left across the crease before shooting back past Boucher on the short side.

Nagy and Hrdina teamed up to give the Coyotes a 2-0 lead in the first 6:09.

Hrdina scored 1:43 in, slapping at a rebound until he sent it past Denis' right arm.

Minutes later, Nagy scored his team-high 23rd goal on a one-timer after Hrdina flicked a backhanded pass to him in the slot.

``It's disappointing, especially when you have a 2-0 lead at home,'' Doan said. ``You have as much time on the power play as we did, you have to bury them.''

scoring summary
1st Period
01:43
PHX
Jan Hrdina (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Cleary (6), Ladislav Nagy (26)
1 - 0 PHX
06:09
PHX
Ladislav Nagy (23) Wrist shot - ASST: Jan Hrdina (14)
2 - 0 PHX
13:49
CBJ
Anders Eriksson (3) Slapshot - ASST: Lasse Pirjeta (6)
2 - 1 PHX
2nd Period
01:23
CBJ
SHG - PS - David Vyborny (15) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
01:20
PHX
Mike Sillinger (5) Slapshot - ASST: Chris Gratton (11)
3 - 2 PHX
13:49
CBJ
Anders Eriksson (4) Snap shot - ASST: Geoff Sanderson (14), David Vyborny (20)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
08:43
PHX
Jeff Taffe  Tripping
10:57
PHX
Jeff Taffe  Too many men/ice - bench
16:40
CBJ
Todd Marchant  Hi-sticking against  Shane Doan
16:40
CBJ
Todd Marchant  Tripping against  Shane Doan
17:24
PHX
Jan Hrdina  Holding the stick against  Jaroslav Spacek
17:32
CBJ
Tyler Wright  Hooking against  Paul Mara
17:58
PHX
Paul Mara  Hooking - Obstruction against  David Vyborny
19:11
CBJ
Rostislav Klesla  Tripping against  Shane Doan
2nd Period
03:26
CBJ
David Vyborny  Tripping against  Daymond Langkow
17:56
CBJ
Jeremy Reich  Holding against  Brian Savage
3rd Period
01:40
PHX
Brad Ference  Holding against  Nikolay Zherdev
OT Period
04:30
PHX
Cale Hulse  Boarding against  Nikolay Zherdev
goalie stats
Marc Denis
SA: 32TOI: 64:58
Saves: 29EV: 22 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .906SH: 1 - 1
Sean Burke
SA: 1TOI: 2:02
Saves: 1EV: 1 - 1
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Brian Boucher
SA: 28TOI: 62:58
Saves: 25EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .893SH: 1 - 2