Johansen’s OT goal lifts Jackets past Coyotes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Over their 13 seasons, the Columbus Blue Jackets have wilted at the finish a lot of times.

They did again on Tuesday night, giving up a tying goal in the waning seconds of regulation.

But they more than made up for it later.

Ryan Johansen took a stretch pass from James Wisniewski and scored on a wrist shot at 3:33 of overtime to lead the Blue Jackets to a 4-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night, tying a franchise record for wins.

“It could have been one of those ‘oh-no moments,’” Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said of the CoyotesOliver Ekman-Larsson’s tying goal with just 14.6 seconds left in regulation.

“But credit to the guys. We went out and found a way to win.”

When Johansen, a 21-year-old, notched his 32nd goal, a roaring crowd of 16,289 was so loud it was deafening.

“I was sitting on the bench just admiring it,” Johansen said with a grin. “It was loud. It was pretty cool to watch. It’s great we could finish it out for them and make them even happier.”

Not only did Johansen’s goal provide the Blue Jackets' 41st victory to match their most, but it also pushed them even closer to a spot in the playoffs.

They retain the second wild-card spot in the East and moved just two points back of third-place Philadelphia in the Metropolitan Division.

“It was huge for us,” said Blake Comeau, who had given the Blue Jackets a 3-2 lead with just over 6 minutes left. “Everyone knew how important these points are this time of year. We could let off the gas and gotten down on ourselves after that late goal. But the guys did a great job of rallying.”

The Blue Jackets improved to 41-31-7, matching the victory total set in 2008-09 - the only time the club has made the playoffs.

Sergei Bobrovsky had 29 saves, Boone Jenner and Mark Letestu also had goals and Artem Anisimov added two assists for Columbus, which heads out on the road to close the regular season.

“We go on this three-game road trip now feeling a little better about our game and ourselves,” Johansen said.

The Blue Jackets had taken a 3-2 lead with 6:18 left when Comeau pulled up on a rush and snapped off a shot from the top of the left circle that got past goalie Thomas Greiss.

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