Kuemper, Coyotes hold off Blue Jackets 4-2

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Arizona Coyotes got another great game from the NHL’s top-ranked goalie.

Darcy Kuemper, who entered Tuesday night leading the league with a 1.97 goals-against average, had 33 saves in Arizona’s 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Kuemper improved to 11-6-2, and along with Antti Raanta is part of a reliable pair in net that has helped the Coyotes move within a point of first-place Edmonton in the Pacific Division.

“I think it’s a mindset we don’t really change,” Kuemper said. “We come to work, most of the time win or lose I feel like we play the same way. There hasn’t been very many games you could say we were off and not good.”

Arizona got goals from Clayton Keller, Christian Fischer and Lawson Crouse to snap a two-game losing streak. Carl Soderberg had two assists and added an empty-netter.

The Blue Jackets are having a difficult time scoring, which is why they are languishing in seventh place in the Metropolitan. They have gotten scant production from their veterans and best players.

Dean Kukan - filling in on the top defensive line for the injured Zach Werenski - and Alexandre Texier scored, and Joonas Korpisalo had 24 saves for the Blue Jackets, who have lost four of six.

“It’s been like that almost the whole season,” Kukan said. “We can’t score goals. That’s the main issue we have. All in all, we played a good game.”

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.

“Sometimes when things aren’t going well, you’re not feeling good, sometimes you throw pucks to the net, it hits something and goes in,” Arizona coach Rich Tocchet said.

Soderberg added the empty-netter with 35 seconds left.

Kuemper withstood the 6-on-5 charge for the last 54 seconds left.

“The structure was good in front of me,” he said. “When it’s like that your reads are a lot easier, you’re seeing the puck. (I’m) just trying to chip in and do my part as well.”

NOTES: Columbus played its first game without Werenski, who injured his shoulder in Saturday’s game against the Islanders. Werenski, who will be out about a month, is the team’s third leading scorer. Scott Harrington, scratched the past seven games, replaced Werenski. ... F Riley Nash played in his 100th career game with the Blue Jackets and is one game away from the 500th in his NHL career. ... Arizona D Jakob Chychrun played in his 200th NHL game. ... The Coyotes are 11-2-2 when Keller has a point.

UP NEXT:

Coyotes: At Philadelphia on Thursday.

Blue Jackets: Host New York Rangers on Thursday.

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123T
ARI16-9-4
1214
CLB11-12-4
0112
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Chychrun D00120/0422:022
L. Crouse LW10131/0015:083
J. Demers D01230/0021:540
C. Dvorak LW01024/3014:531
O. Ekman-Larsson D00110/0222:100
C. Fischer RW10230/0012:081
C. Garland RW00010/0013:050
A. Goligoski D01120/0025:452
M. Grabner LW00010/0013:400
V. Hinostroza RW00010/0014:430
C. Keller LW10050/0015:400
P. Kessel RW01020/0014:070
I. Lyubushkin D00000/0011:392
J. Oesterle D00-110/0015:240
B. Richardson C001013/3014:440
N. Schmaltz C00002/3012:440
C. Soderberg C12212/6016:050
D. Stepan C00008/8018:160
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Anderson RW00-110/1016:240
C. Atkinson RW01050/0016:050
O. Bjorkstrand RW00060/0020:120
P. Dubois C00-215/6019:171
N. Foligno LW01012/8017:363
V. Gavrikov D00-200/0213:550
S. Harrington D00-200/0014:253
B. Jenner C000311/8019:291
S. Jones D00-130/0026:320
D. Kukan D10020/0022:542
S. Milano LW01-210/0015:581
R. Murray D01040/0019:440
R. Nash C00-122/3009:270
G. Nyquist LW00000/1018:350
E. Robinson LW00-100/0006:501
D. Savard D00130/0018:210
A. Texier LW10112/3015:020
A. Wennberg C00-121/0008:380
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
D. Kuemper (W)3523360:00
GOALIESSA
D. Kuemper (W)35
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
J. Korpisalo (L)2732459:11
GOALIESSA
J. Korpisalo (L)27
Seth Jones shot on goal (Wrist shot)
ARI:GoalsShots
CLB:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • ARI
      19:25GOAL Carl Soderberg (Empty net shot)
    • CLB
      02:13GOAL Alexandre Texier (Snap shot), Assists: Cam Atkinson and Nick Foligno
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • ARI
      16:39GOAL Lawson Crouse , Assists: Carl Soderberg and Alex Goligoski
    • ARI
      09:35GOAL Christian Fischer (Wrist shot), Assists: Carl Soderberg and Jason Demers
    • CLB
      02:24(PP) GOAL Dean Kukan (Wrist shot), Assists: Sonny Milano and Ryan Murray
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • ARI
      19:11(PP) GOAL Clayton Keller (Snap shot), Assists: Christian Dvorak and Phil Kessel
PENALTIES
    • 2ND PERIOD
      • ARI
        19:24Oliver Ekman-Larsson penalty Hooking - 2 min.
      • ARI
        31.0Jakob Chychrun penalty High Sticking - 4 min.
    • 1ST PERIOD
      • CLB
        17:46Vladislav Gavrikov penalty Holding - 2 min.
    TEAM STATS
    ARI
    CLB
    Shots on Goal2835
    Goals in Power Play11
    Faceoff Wins3023
    Penalties21
    Major Penalties00
    Minor Penalties00
    Misconducts00
    TEAM STATS
    ARI
    Shots on Goal28
    Goals in Power Play1
    Faceoff Wins30
    Penalties2
    Major Penalties0
    Minor Penalties0
    Misconducts0
    123T
    ARI16-9-4
    1214
    CLB11-12-4
    0112
    STARS OF THE GAME
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    J. Chychrun D00120/0422:022
    L. Crouse LW10131/0015:083
    J. Demers D01230/0021:540
    C. Dvorak LW01024/3014:531
    O. Ekman-Larsson D00110/0222:100
    C. Fischer RW10230/0012:081
    C. Garland RW00010/0013:050
    A. Goligoski D01120/0025:452
    M. Grabner LW00010/0013:400
    V. Hinostroza RW00010/0014:430
    C. Keller LW10050/0015:400
    P. Kessel RW01020/0014:070
    I. Lyubushkin D00000/0011:392
    J. Oesterle D00-110/0015:240
    B. Richardson C001013/3014:440
    N. Schmaltz C00002/3012:440
    C. Soderberg C12212/6016:050
    D. Stepan C00008/8018:160
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    J. Anderson RW00-110/1016:240
    C. Atkinson RW01050/0016:050
    O. Bjorkstrand RW00060/0020:120
    P. Dubois C00-215/6019:171
    N. Foligno LW01012/8017:363
    V. Gavrikov D00-200/0213:550
    S. Harrington D00-200/0014:253
    B. Jenner C000311/8019:291
    S. Jones D00-130/0026:320
    D. Kukan D10020/0022:542
    S. Milano LW01-210/0015:581
    R. Murray D01040/0019:440
    R. Nash C00-122/3009:270
    G. Nyquist LW00000/1018:350
    E. Robinson LW00-100/0006:501
    D. Savard D00130/0018:210
    A. Texier LW10112/3015:020
    A. Wennberg C00-121/0008:380
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    D. Kuemper (W)3523360:00
    GOALIESSA
    D. Kuemper (W)35
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    J. Korpisalo (L)2732459:11
    GOALIESSA
    J. Korpisalo (L)27
    STARS OF THE GAME
    123T
    ARI16-9-4
    1214
    CLB11-12-4
    0112
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    J. Chychrun D00120/0422:022
    L. Crouse LW10131/0015:083
    J. Demers D01230/0021:540
    C. Dvorak LW01024/3014:531
    O. Ekman-Larsson D00110/0222:100
    C. Fischer RW10230/0012:081
    C. Garland RW00010/0013:050
    A. Goligoski D01120/0025:452
    M. Grabner LW00010/0013:400
    V. Hinostroza RW00010/0014:430
    C. Keller LW10050/0015:400
    P. Kessel RW01020/0014:070
    I. Lyubushkin D00000/0011:392
    J. Oesterle D00-110/0015:240
    B. Richardson C001013/3014:440
    N. Schmaltz C00002/3012:440
    C. Soderberg C12212/6016:050
    D. Stepan C00008/8018:160
    Total4602830/236-11
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    J. Anderson RW00-110/1016:240
    C. Atkinson RW01050/0016:050
    O. Bjorkstrand RW00060/0020:120
    P. Dubois C00-215/6019:171
    N. Foligno LW01012/8017:363
    V. Gavrikov D00-200/0213:550
    S. Harrington D00-200/0014:253
    B. Jenner C000311/8019:291
    S. Jones D00-130/0026:320
    D. Kukan D10020/0022:542
    S. Milano LW01-210/0015:581
    R. Murray D01040/0019:440
    R. Nash C00-122/3009:270
    G. Nyquist LW00000/1018:350
    E. Robinson LW00-100/0006:501
    D. Savard D00130/0018:210
    A. Texier LW10112/3015:020
    A. Wennberg C00-121/0008:380
    Total2403523/302-12
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    D. Kuemper (W)3523360:00
    GOALIESSA
    D. Kuemper (W)35
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    J. Korpisalo (L)2732459:11
    GOALIESSA
    J. Korpisalo (L)27
    GOALS
    • 3RD PERIOD
    • 2ND PERIOD
    • 1ST PERIOD
    PENALTIES
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD
      • 3RD PERIOD
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD

      123T
      ARI16-9-4
      1214
      CLB11-12-4
      0112
      All times are US/Eastern.