By: Russell Brooks
Ladislav Nagy extended his point scoring streak to six games Sunday night scoring the game-winning goal and adding two assists as the Phoenix Coyotes ran over the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-1.
"I feel pretty good on the ice right now," said Nagy. "I got a lot of confidence going and I have to play like this every game to help the team."
After a slow start to the season, which included missing a couple games due to an injury; Nagy has picked up the pace. Coming into last Sunday's game against Columbus, whom Nagy had 13 points in 13 contests in his career, Nagy had a five-game point streak notching three goals and three assists in that time span.
The Saca, Slovakia native leads the Coyotes this season in points with 20 and plus/minus with a +8. He also is tied for first on the team in assists with defensemen Paul Mara at 13.
Nagy was coming off a career season in 2003-2004 before he sustained a season-ending wrist injury suffered at St. Louis on February 16, 2004. Despite only playing in 55 games, Nagy established new career highs and team leading marks in goals and power-play goals, and tied his career high in game-winning goals.
Coyotes Head Coach Wayne Gretzky said Nagy has been mesmerizing opponents with his patience and playmaking ability.
"Nagy has a tremendous patience,'' Gretzky said. "That pass (he made against Columbus) is a difficult one to make. You need to be patient and draw as much of the defense as you can before making the pass."
It is performances like those he has given over the past six games that give Coyotes fans reason to believe that Nagy is quickly becoming one of the most dominant players in the National Hockey League.