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Jackets down Coyotes with strong third period

Rick Nash totaled two goals and one assist, as 2, on Saturday night.

Nikita Nikitin scored the go-ahead goal in the third period for the Blue Jackets, who have won two straight for the first time since February 3-7.

Derick Brassard and Colton Gillies added scores to back a 30-save performance by Steve Mason.

Ray Whitney and Lauri Korpikoski lit the lamp for the Coyotes, who have lost two in a row since winning six straight.

Mike Smith took the loss after allowing four goals on 25 shots.