Johnson scored twice, including the game-winner with 15:43
remaining, and also had an assist in the Coyotes' 5-2 victory over
the Atlanta Thrashers on Monday night.
After two mostly lethargic periods, the Coyotes took the lead
when 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 and extend his points streak to five
"He's one of the most talented players in the world," Johnson
said of Nagy. "He's nice to play with. You can leave him by
himself because he's so strong he's able to fight off his defender.
You just need to find some open ice. He's given me more goals than
Nagy had two assists, giving him eight goals and 12 assists in
his last 11 games.
"There's an obvious chemistry between Nagy and Johnson,"
Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky said. "Nagy was under the magnifying
glass a bit and was probably pressing at the beginning of the year.
But he came in and talked and said he was going to play his way out
of it and to his credit he's done that."
The Coyotes, 10-4-1 since Nov. 1, don't play again until Dec. 11
in Boston. They then play four games in six days.
"We didn't want to have a situation where the teams behind us
were moving up and the teams in front were moving even further
ahead," Gretzky said. "The only way to combat that was to win
tonight, to do our own job."
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.
"Winning hockey games is something you have to learn, like
playing hockey," Atlanta coach Bob Hartley said. "Everyone is a
good hockey player but learning how to win, it's a different
Mara tied it at 2 at 2:45 of the third period when he beat
Michael Garnett with a blast from the high slot.
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.
"They played really well in the third period," Garnett said.
"Some bounces ended up in our net, which was unlucky for us. It
shifted the momentum of the game."
The Thrashers had been 5-0-0 when leading after two periods this
"Unfortunately we didn't play a whole 60 minutes today,"
Kozlov said. "We played a first and a good second but in the third
when they tied the game we stopped playing for some reason."
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.
Phoenix won consecutive games for sixth time this season.
... The Coyotes are 8-1-1 overall against the Thrashers. ... 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.
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Arena: Gila River Arena Location: Glendale, Arizona
Referees: Steve Kozari, Rob Shick Linesmen: Mike Cvik, Vaughan Rody
Attendance: 13,644 (79.7% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
No scoring this period
Slava Kozlov (7)
(Power Play) Unassisted
Marian Hossa (12)
(Power Play) Assists: Niclas Havelid, Michael Garnett
Mike Johnson (8)
Assists: Sean O'Donnell, Mike Comrie
Paul Mara (5)
(Power Play) Unassisted
Mike Johnson (9)
Assists: Ladislav Nagy, Mike Comrie
Boyd Devereaux (3)
Assist: Zbynek Michalek
Mike Comrie (10)
(Empty Net) Assists: Mike Johnson, Ladislav Nagy