Korpisalo makes 30 saves, boosts Blue Jackets to win against Coyotes
- Joonas Korpisalo made 30 saves, and the Columbus Blue Jackets ended a five-game winless streak with a 3-2 victory against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Thursday.
- Oliver Bjorkstrand scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and had an assist, Gustav Nyquist had a goal and two assists, and Emil Bemstrom scored his first NHL goal for the Blue Jackets (6-7-3), who had lost two straight and were 0-4-1 in their previous five.
- Korpisalo stopped Michael Grabner on two shorthanded breakaways.
“I saw him coming there twice, but I’m just trying to help the team get points,” Korpisalo said. “That’s my part, I’ve got to save those two. I felt comfortable from the start and I felt it all the way through the game.”
- Carl Soderberg and Jakob Chychrun scored for the Coyotes (9-5-2), who lost their second game in a row after winning eight of 10.
- Darcy Kuemper made 30 saves.
“We’re giving points away. We had [the] Calgary [Flames] up 3-1 in the third (in a 4-3 overtime loss on Tuesday), and this one, we’re up 2-1,” Arizona coach Rick Tocchet said. “It wasn’t what Columbus was doing, it was us shooting ourselves in the foot. … Too many dumb penalties. And we have to have guys step up.”
- The Blue Jackets won in regulation for the first time in 10 games dating to a 3-2 victory against the Dallas Stars on Oct. 16. …
- Columbus is 11-3-0 in its past 14 games against Arizona and has won five in a row at Gila River Arena. …
- The Blue Jackets are 6-0-0 when they score the first goal. …
- Grabner’s assist was his 100th in the NHL. …
- The Coyotes played without defenseman Jason Demers (lower-body injury).
Sources & Credits: Alan Robinson / NHL.com, CLB Blue Jackets, ARI Coyotes