GLENDALE, Ariz. – Ladislav Nagy had a goal and two assists, and David LeNeveu made 23 saves to help the Phoenix Coyotes beat Columbus 5-1, extending the Blue Jackets’ losing streak to five.

Mike Johnson scored his second goal in three games and Zbynek Michalek, Boyd Devereaux and former Blue Jackets forward Geoff Sanderson also scored for the Coyotes, who won for the third time in four games.

Gilbert Brule scored his first NHL goal for the Blue Jackets, who have lost nine of 10.

Johnson put Phoenix ahead 1-0 with a power-play goal at 6:37 of the first period, taking a return pass from Nagy on a give-and-go and bouncing the puck off the back of Columbus goalie Marc Denis.

Nagy was credited with his goal midway through the second period when the puck bounced off his skate before being kicked into the goal by Blue Jackets defenseman Radoslav Suchy.

Brule cut the lead to 2-1 with 1:52 left in the second, beating LeNeveu – starting for the first time since Nov. 6 – from the top of the left circle. But Michalek answered 52 seconds later for the Coyotes on a one-timer from the high slot.

Devereaux made it 4-1 with 14:29 to go when he bounced a puck off the inside of the left post and into the net. Sanderson extended the lead to 5-1, firing the puck between Denis’ pads from the left circle with 6:14 to go.

Denis, who allowed the five goals on 32 shots, was replaced by Martin Prusek after Sanderson scored.

Notes: Denis has allowed five or more goals four times in 15 games. … Columbus C Manny Malhotra had the lone assist on Brule’s goal to give him 11 points, all on assists. … Coyotes C Peter Nedved returned to the lineup for the first time since injuring his elbow Oct. 25. Playing in his 900th NHL game, he earned an assist on Nagy’s goal. … The Blue Jackets were whistled for four penalties in the first period, all for high-sticking. … Johnson had a second goal waved off early in the second period when Denis Gauthier was called for goalie interference. … Malhotra and Nikolai Zherdev each rang shots off the posts in the game’s first 21 minutes.

AP-ES-11-20-05 2248EST


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