The Coyotes avenged their home opener white out loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight as they rolled into Nationwide Arena and worked over the Jackets 4-1. The Coyotes were flat for the first period as the Jackets scored first on a power play goal from Derick Brassard late in the period as it looked like the penalty train that the Coyotes have been on as of late was going to continue. However when the teams came back out for the second period, the Coyotes looked more like the team that "surprised" everyone a few games before locking the Blue Jackets down on defense and taking over the game on offense. Over the next two periods 3 players would get their first goals of the season in Martin Hanzal, Jim Vandermeer and Zbynek Michalek, while Robert Lang got his second goal of the season.
Here's some other quick notes as we reset to take on the Blues tomorrow:
- Jason Labarbera was lights out in goal. After Ilya Bryzgalov was rocked against the Rangers he shined. We may get the go tomorrow as the hot goalie, or it could be Bryz, no word as of yet.
- The Power Play looked solid, I liked the work out there.
- Keith Yandle was solid tonight with 3 assists very nice effort out of him.
- Getting in front of the net actually worked! Go figure. That Hanzal goal was a crash the net effort that worked, and Vandermeer's goal was a direct result of Taylor Pyatt parking in front.
That's all I've got for tonight. Ad your observations at will. I'll figure out what happened with the preview and gamethread from tonight so we don't have a repeat tomorrow.