Brule Scores First Career NHL Goal, Jackets Drop a 5-1 Decision to Phoenix
/ Columbus Blue Jackets
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Ladislav Nagy had a goal and two assists, and David LeNeveu made 23 saves to help the Phoenix Coyotes beat Columbus 5-1 on Sunday night, extending the Blue Jackets' losing streak to five. Mike Johnson scored his second goal in three games and Zbynek Michalek, Boyd Devereaux and Geoff Sanderson also scored for the Coyotes, who won for the third time in four games.
Gilbert Brule scored his first NHL goal for the Blue Jackets, who have lost nine of 10. Johnson put Phoenixahead 1-0 with a power-play goal at of the first period, taking a return pass from Nagy on a give-and-go and bouncing the puck off the back of Columbus
goalie Marc Denis.
Nagy was credited with his goal midway through the second period when the puck bounced off his skate before being kicked into the goal by Blue Jackets defenseman Radoslav Suchy.
Brule cut the lead to 2-1 with
left in the second, beating LeNeveu - starting for the first time since Nov. 6 - from the top of the left circle. But Michalek answered 52 seconds later for the Coyotes on a one-timer from the high slot.
Devereaux made it 4-1 withto go when he bounced a puck off the inside of the left post and into the net. Sanderson extended the lead to 5-1, firing the puck between Denis' pads from the left circle with