Too often this season the Coyotes’ offense and defense have operated on a seesaw.
When one is surging, the other is typically down in the weeds.
That certainly was the case during the team’s recent road swing in which the Coyotes were shut out twice yet pulled out two victories thanks to strong defending and goaltending.
But the two areas moved a little closer to equilibrium in the Coyotes’ return home to Jobing.com Arena Saturday with a 5-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in front of 15,425.
“A win’s a win,” defenseman Keith Yandle said. “It doesn’t matter how it comes. Obviously we’re comfortable playing a 1-0, and 5-3 we’ll take that, too. It’s something in this league you’ve got to win all types, and I think we do a pretty good job of that.”
After managing just three goals during that three-game trip, the Coyotes matched that total in the first period alone.
On their first shot at 2:09, the Blue Jackets took a 1-0 lead when Jared Boll’s shot hit center Martin Hanzal to deflect behind goalie Mike Smith, who turned in 17 saves.
Phoenix Coyotes bounce back against the Columbus Blue Jackets
Arizona Republic | Feb 17