After Columbus jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, Phoenix rallied. The rush started with Johnson's goal with seven seconds left in the opening period.
"We didn't have a very good first period to say the least," Gretzky said. "Then Johnson's goal was a big goal. That was a big sort of turning point for us in the hockey game to be able to come in after the first period only down 2-1."
With the clock ticking down, Johnson snapped a hard-angle shot from the left dot that crept past goaltender Pascal Leclaire for
his 14th goal.
"That was huge," Doan said. "Johnny's one of those guys that you really cheer for because he does so much for us every night."
The Coyotes carried the momentum into the second period -- and at times made it look as if they were on a power play while skating at even strength.
"We have to do the little things that change the momentum of games," Foote said.
Phoenix evened the score at 6:12 when Doan circled around the Columbus net, fended off defenseman Rostislav Klesla and passed to Reinprecht, who cleanly beat Leclaire for his 15th of the season.
"I was just trailing the play," Reinprecht said. "I saw Doaner taking it wide. I just came down the slot and it was sitting there for me."
Two minutes later, Jody Shelley and Fedorov took penalties to give the Coyotes a two-man advantage. Doan scored with a blast from the high-left circle to give Phoenix a 3-2 lead at 9:59.
"When we play as a team with five men, we're solid," Doan said. "It's when we get trying to do individual stuff that we really struggle."
In the third period, Sjostrom jammed home a loose puck through traffic in the crease to make it 4-2 at 4:02.
Comrie added an empty-net goal to a chorus of boos from the home crowd.
"They [the fans] are disappointed," Columbus coach Gerard Gallant said. "I am disappointed and our players are disappointed."
Foote started the scoring with a shot from between the hash marks at 7:29 of the first period. Fedorov, who missed the last two games with a sore back, scored three minutes later.
The NHL and the Blue Jackets announced Tuesday that Columbus won its bid to host the 2007 NHL draft. ... Phoenix
finished its season-high five-game road trip with a 3-2 record. ... The Blue Jackets are 4-for-28 on the power play during their losing streak. ... Coyotes left winger Geoff Sanderson, acquired from Columbus early in the season, had an assist and has 16 points in his last 14 games.
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Arena: Nationwide Arena Location: Columbus, Ohio
Referees: Kerry Fraser, Brian Pochmara Linesmen: Andy McElman, Jonny Murray
Attendance: 15,581 (85.9% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Adam Foote (5)
(Power Play) Assists: Rick Nash, Nikolay Zherdev
Sergei Fedorov (8)
Assists: Aaron Johnson, Nikolay Zherdev
Mike Johnson (14)
Assists: Oleg Kvasha, Dave Scatchard
Steve Reinprecht (14)
Assists: Shane Doan, Jamie Rivers
Shane Doan (25)
(Power Play) Assists: Jamie Rivers, Geoff Sanderson