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NATIONWIDE ARENA Coyotes' Joseph ties Esposito for 6th


Published: Wed, March 22, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.


Phoenix scored five straight goals to defeat the Blue Jackets.
COLUMBUS (AP) -- Shane Doan and Steven Reinprecht each had a goal and an assist as the Phoenix Coyotes scored five unanswered goals to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2 on Tuesday night.
Curtis Joseph made 31 saves for his 423rd victory, tying him with Tony Esposito for sixth place on the NHL's career list.
Mike Johnson, Fredrik Sjostrom and Mike Comrie also scored for Phoenix, which has won two straight for the first time in two months, and three of four overall. Jamie Rivers added two assists for the Coyotes.
Adam Foote and Sergei Fedorov scored for the Blue Jackets, who have lost five straight.
Blown lead
After Columbus jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, it was all Phoenix -- starting with Johnson's goal with 7 seconds left in the opening period.
With the clock ticking down, Johnson snapped a hard angle shot from the left dot that crept past goaltender Pascal Leclaire for his 14th goal.
The Coyotes carried the momentum into the second period -- and at times made it look as if they were on a power play while skating five-on-five.
Phoenix evened the scored at 6:12 when Doan circled around the Columbus net, fended off defenseman Rostislav Klesla and passed to Reinprecht, who cleanly beat Leclaire for his 15th of the season.
Two minutes later, Jody Shelley and Fedorov took penalties to give the Coyotes a two-man advantage, and Doan cashed in with a blast from the high-left circle to give Phoenix a 3-2 lead at 9:59.
In the third period, Sjostrom jammed home a loose puck through traffic in the crease to make it 4-2 at 4:02.
Comrie added an empty-net goal to a chorus of boos from the home crowd.
Foote started the scoring with a shot from between the hash marks at 7:29 of the first period. Fedorov, who missed the last two games with a sore back, scored three minutes later.
Notes
The NHL and the Blue Jackets announced Tuesday that Columbus won its bid to host the 2007 NHL entry draft. ... Phoenix finished its season-long five-game road trip with a 3-2 record. ... The Blue Jackets are 4-for-28 on the power play during their losing streak. ... Coyotes LW Geoff Sanderson, acquired from Columbus early in the season, had an assist and has 16 points in his last 14 games.


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