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Arizona Coyotes open 4-game road trip with win against Columbus

Arizona Coyotes' Christian Fischer, left, skates past Columbus Blue Jackets' David Savard during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Darcy Kuemper stopped 33 shots and the Arizona Coyotes beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Arizona got another fine performance from Kuemper along with goals from Clayton Keller, Christian Fischer and Lawson Crouse to snap a two-game losing streak. To top it off, the team moved within a point of first-place Edmonton in the Pacific Division.

Carl Soderberg had an empty-net goal and assisted on two of the earlier goals.

For Columbus, Dean Kukan and Alexandre Texier scored and Joonas Korpisalo had 24 saves for the Blue Jackets, who have lost four of six and are lingering at seventh place in the Metropolitan. Columbus has struggled to get offensive production from its best players.

Keller’s power-play goal opened the scoring with 49 seconds left in the first period. He snapped a shot from the right circle that was redirected by defender David Savard and went in just under the bar.

Kukan took advantage of a man-advantage early in the second period, dragging the puck into the right circle then shooting over Kuemper’s glove for his first NHL goal.

Later in the second, Soderberg muscled the puck away in the neutral zone and fed a charging Fischer, who rifled in a top-shelf shot to put the Coyotes up 2-1.

Crouse redirected Soderberg’s shot late in the second to give Arizona a two-goal lead. Texier made it a one-goal game again early in the third when he beat Kuemper after Cam Atkinson shoveled a pass out to him from behind the goal line.

Soderberg added the empty-netter with 35 seconds left.

The Coyotes continue their road trip as they take on the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.


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