Columbus 5 Phoenix 4
In a wild game of scoring runs, Columbus holds on for a 5-4 victory at home over Phoenix. The lucky Columbus crowd was treated to a rare high-scoring home victory.
After jumping to a 3-0 lead on goals by Nash, Hrdina and Zherdev, the Coyotes and Blue Jackets traded 2 goal bursts across the second and third periods. In the third, Rupp and Chimera scored for Columbus. Old friend Geoff Sanderson had his 20th goal of the season in the second period for the Coyotes.
The victory gives Columbus 52 points, good enough for third in the admittedly weak Central Division.