Tellqvist stopped Fedorov and made two other saves in the shootout, and Mike Comrie scored on the final attempt of the tiebreaker to lift the Phoenix Coyotes to a 5-4 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night. Fedorov converted on a short-handed breakaway late in the second period when he took a long pass from Rick Nash, skated in on Tellqvist and scored with a quick wrist shot over the goalie’s blocker.
“It looked like he was going to try the same move again, so I tried to take the low blocker away,” Tellqvist said. “That’s one of the hardest saves for a goalie to make, especially now with the blockers being a little bit smaller and not as long as they used to be.”
Moments after Tellqvist smothered Fedorov’s attempt, Columbus’ Fredrik Norrena appeared to make the initial save on Comrie’s low shot. But the puck trickled between his pads for the lone goal of the shootout.
“I just tried to get him to move a little bit,” Comrie said. “He had some pretty good angles on the first two shooters.
“It didn’t go in clean, but it was just enough.”
Tellqvist made 21 saves in regulation for the Coyotes, who snapped a three-game losing streak. He preserved the tie in overtime, making a glove save of a backhand attempt by Alexander Svitov while flat on his stomach.
“Goaltending comes down to making key saves at opportune times whether it’s 1-1 or 4-4,” Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky said. “That’s what Tellqvist did tonight. He made three or four key saves late in the game and one in overtime.”
Comrie and Ed Jovanovski each had a goal and an assist, and Owen Nolan and Derek Morris also scored for the Coyotes, 3-0 in shootouts this season.
Rick Nash had a goal and two assists for the Blue Jackets. Anson Carter and David Vyborny also scored for Columbus, which had its five-game winning streak snapped.
Jovanovski’s power-play goal at 13:19 of the second period gave the Coyotes a 4-2 lead and prompted Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock to use his timeout.
The Blue Jackets responded, rallying over a 1:45 span late in the second period to tie the game.
Fedorov made it 4-3 with his goal, and Columbus tied it when Nash fought off defenceman Zbynek Michalek against the left boards and sent a short pass to Vyborny. Vyborny one-timed the puck past Tellqvist to make it 4-4 with 1:05 left in the second.
“I think we were playing too fancy before the timeout,” Nash said. “It was a great call by Hitch and it worked.”
Carter gave Columbus a 1-0 lead 64 seconds into the game, gathering the rebound after Tellqvist kicked aside his initial shot and scoring from the bottom of the right circle. Morris tied it exactly one minute later on a shot from the right point.
Nolan made it 2-1 with a short-handed goal at 1:24 of the second period, ripping a shot from the right circle past Norrena. Nash pulled the Blue Jackets even at 2-2 at 5:13 of the second period.
“Nash almost won the game by himself,” Hitchcock said.
Comrie scored a power-play goal at 8:18 of the period off a rebound to put the Coyotes ahead 3-2.
Notes: Nolan’s goal gave him 750 NHL points. … Nash has two goals and four assists in two games against the Coyotes this season. … Phoenix C Jeremy Roenick, who left the arena in Vancouver after learning he was held out of the lineup Tuesday, was benched in favour of C Mike Ricci. Ricci had been a healthy scratch in four of the Coyotes’ previous six games. … The Coyotes recalled D Matt Jones from San Antonio of the AHL.