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Final Look: Coyotes Start Road Trip, Continue Road Trend With Win

Arizona improves to 9-3-3 as visitors this season; Kuemper earns his 11th win of the year

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Recap

COYOTES START ROAD TRIP, CONTINUE ROAD TREND

Off and running to begin their four-game road trip, the Coyotes topped the Columbus Blue Jackets by a 4-2 final Tuesday night at Nationwide Arena.

With the win, the Coyotes improved to 9-3-3 on the road this season and have earned points in nine of their last 10 games played in opposing buildings (7-1-2).

Clayton Keller gave the Coyotes the game's first lead at the tail-end of a back-and-forth opening frame, capitalizing on a power play and depositing a one-timer from the slot with 48 seconds left to play in the first period.

Columbus tied the game, 1-1, just over two minutes into the second.

Christian Fischer struck to give the Coyotes a 2-1 lead when he leaned into a wrist shot with 10:25 to play in the second, connecting with his shot after receiving a pass from Carl Soderberg upon trailing an entry into the Blue Jackets' zone.

Lawson Crouse provided some padding late in the second when a Soderberg point shot deflected off of his lower back and into the net, upping the Coyotes' lead to 3-1.

Columbus struck in the opening minutes of the third, trimming the Coyotes' lead to 3-2.

Soderberg added an empty net goal from inside the Arizona blue line with 35 seconds left on the clock, all but securing the Coyotes' 4-2 win. He finished the night with a season-high three points (1G, 2A). Arizona is 10-1-1 this season in games where Soderberg registers at least one point.

Darcy Kuemper stopped 31 of the 33 shots he faced for his seventh consecutive 30-plus save performance, earning his 11th win of the season.

The Coyotes, now good for 36 standings points, have moved back to within one point of the Edmonton Oilers (37) for first place in the Pacific Division.

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TRACKING IT

GAME #29: ARIZONA (4) at COLUMBUS (2)

  • SOG: ARI - 28, CBJ - 35
  • PP: ARI - 1/1, CBJ - 1/3

ARIZONA SCORING:

COLUMBUS SCORING:

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THEY SAID IT

"It was a really solid road game when you think of it. All three periods I thought we did a really good job, it was a good road win. Things got mucky there, they got that goal to make it a one-goal game, but we stuck with it, and that's what we have to learn how to do, learn how to win those games and that's exactly what we did."

Christian Fischer, on Tuesday's 4-2 win

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DON'T OVERLOOK IT

THE SITUATION: Coyotes leading, 2-1, with 3:46 remaining in the second period.

What most saw was Lawson Crouse's goal seconds later to give the Coyotes a 3-1 lead.

But the play leading up to it proved to be massive. Darcy Kuemper turned what could have been a tie game into the transition that led to produce the Coyotes' two-goal lead with a spectacular save on the Blue Jackets' leading scorer, Pierre Luc Dubois.

Dubois, following up his own rebound from his initial mid-range shot, scooped up behind the Coyotes net and tried to capitalize on a wraparound.

Kuemper got his left pad and toe over in time to preserve Arizona's 2-1 lead, which soon led to Crouse's goal 25 seconds thereafter.

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GOTTA SEE IT

THE SITUATION: Tie game, 1-1, with 10:25 remaining in the second period.

Christian Fischer loves playing at Nationwide Arena.

In his first game back in the building where he registered his first NHL hat trick on October 23 of last season, he got off to a dynamic start, almost giving the Coyotes a 1-0 lead in the first period when he wrung a wrist shot off the far post.

He hit a post again in the second, but this time he got the bounce to score his fourth goal of the season and give the Coyotes a 2-1 lead midway through the middle frame.

Acting as the high man as he shadowed a zone entry, Fischer received a pass from Carl Soderberg just inside the Columbus blue line as a pocket opened up with Lawson Crouse driving the net. Fischer collected and got a wrist shot off before Vladislav Gavrikov's defending stick could disrupt, beating Joonas Korpisalo high off the left post and in.

It was Fischer's fourth goal in his past two games at Nationwide Arena.

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PHOTO FINISH

Fischer fly-by. The Coyotes bench waits to congratulate Christian Fischer after his second period goal, which gave the team a 2-1 lead in Tuesday's eventual 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. (Photo Credit: Adam Lacy - Getty Images)

Lead Photo Credit: Jamie Sabau - Getty Images // GIF Highlight Footage: Fox Sports Arizona

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