"It would have been nicer to get it in a win," Sanderson said of his homecoming goal. "I don't have a big smile on my face. It didn't mean much -- kind of bittersweet."
Leading 3-2 heading into the third period, the Blue Jackets scored twice in 28 seconds on consecutive shots.
Rupp redirected Trevor Letowski's shot to make it 4-2. Before that goal was announced, Chimera netted a rebound of Manny Malhotra's shot from the top of the right circle.
"It was nice to get five goals by five different guys," Chimera said. "It's nice to get contributions from everybody."
The Coyotes then came back with two late goals -- Comrie scoring on a jam shot and Scatchard pulling Phoenix within a goal on a one-timer with 1:47 remaining. With goaltender Curtis Joseph pulled for an extra attacker, the Coyotes applied pressure for most of the final minute.
"We just waited too long," Sanderson said.
Nash added, "Lucky enough, we held on for the win. We need to hold on a bit more and not let them come back."
He opened the scoring after a Phoenix turnover at mid-ice while the Blue Jackets were on a five-on-three. David Vyborny pounced on a bad pass by Scatchard and then found Nash on the backside of a two-on-one rush for his 18th goal.
Columbus went ahead 2-0 in the opening period on another mistake by the Coyotes. Dennis Seidenberg was skating with the puck behind his own net and backhanded a perfect centering pass to Hrdina, who easily netted his ninth goal.
"Firing the puck into the slot is not good," Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky said. "We didn't play smart and that was the difference."
It was the 100th NHL goal for Hrdina, who has played in 494 games with Pittsburgh, Phoenix, New Jersey and Columbus.
Sanderson scored off a giveaway from Columbus' Rostislav Klesla,
beating goaltender Pascal Leclaire with a hard shot from the high slot for his 20th goal. It was the seventh time Sanderson has scored at least 20 in a season. Sanderson is the Blue Jackets' leading goal-scorer with 88 and is second in points with 168.
With Columbus on its seventh power play late in the second period, the Coyotes drew to 3-2. On a two-on-one break, Shane Doan fed
Morris for his third goal.
The Coyotes put lots of pressure on the Blue Jackets near the end but failed to get the tying goal.
"We needed all five of them," Columbus coach Gerard Gallant said.
Columbus had not scored five goals since a 7-4 victory over Los Angeles on Feb. 8. ... Joseph has given up at least five goals in four of six starts.
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Arena: Nationwide Arena Location: Columbus, Ohio
Referees: Rob Shick, Ian Walsh Linesmen: Pierre Champoux, Jonny Murray
Attendance: 17,066 (94.1% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Rick Nash (18)
(Power Play) Assist: David Vyborny
Jan Hrdina (9)
Nikolay Zherdev (23)
Assists: Rick Nash, Sergei Fedorov
Geoff Sanderson (20)
(Power Play) Assist: Dennis Seidenberg
Derek Morris (3)
(Shorthanded) Assist: Shane Doan
Mike Rupp (4)
Assists: Trevor Letowski, Jody Shelley
Jason Chimera (13)
Assists: Manny Malhotra, Jaroslav Balastik
Mike Comrie (22)
Dave Scatchard (14)
Assists: Mike Ricci, Mike Johnson