GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Mike Johnson scored twice, including the game-winner with 15:43 remaining, and also had an assist in the Phoenix Coyotes’ 5-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Monday night.

Paul Mara, Zbynek Michalek and Mike Comrie added goals for the Coyotes, who scored four times in the third period for their sixth win in eight games.

Marian Hossa scored his 200th career goal and Vyacheslav Kozlov also had a goal for the Thrashers, who lost their third straight in regulation and fourth in a row overall.

Mara tied it at 2 at 2:45 of the third period when he beat Michael Garnett with a blast from the high slot.

The Coyotes took the lead 1:32 seconds later when Ladislav Nagy skated past the front of the crease with the puck, pivoted and fired a pass to Johnson at the right corner of the crease. Johnson then lifted a wrist shot into the top left corner of the net to make it 3-2.

Michalek extended the lead to 4-2 with 12:21 to go when his shot from above the right faceoff circle bounced off the right post and the back of Garnett’s left leg before trickling into the net.

Comrie added an empty-net goal with 44.7 seconds to play.

The Thrashers had been 5-0-0 when leading after two periods this season.

After a scoreless first period, Kozlov gave Atlanta a 1-0 lead at 6:13 of the second period when he took an errant clearing pass from Michalek in front of the Coyotes’ net and beat Curtis Joseph with a wrist shot.

Hossa made it 2-0 at 11:09 of the period, beating Joseph with a hard shot from between the circles.

Johnson cut it to 2-1 44 seconds later when he redirected Comrie’s shot from the top of the left circle.

Notes: The Coyotes are 8-1-1 overall against the Thrashers. … Nagy’s two assists gave him eight goals and 12 assists in his last 11 games. … Hossa reached the 200-goal mark in 495 games. … Atlanta had six shots on goal in the third period after posting 23 the first two periods. The Thrashers have 19 shots and one goal in the third periods of their last four games.

AP-ES-12-05-05 2332EST


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