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NHL: Phoenix 5, Columbus 1

Jan. 24, 2013 at 1:03 AM

GLENDALE, Ariz., Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Steve Sullivan produced a hat trick Wednesday and Phoenix poured it on over the final two periods for a 5-1 victory over Columbus.

The Coyotes won for the first time this season after dropping their opening two contests. It was Sullivan's first hat trick in more than three years.

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Sullivan tied the game midway through the second period and Oliver Ekman-Larsson put the Coyotes in front for good with 4:38 to go in the middle stanza.

Phoenix outshot Columbus during the third period 10-8 with Sullivan scoring the Coyotes' first two goals of the frame. Ekman-Larsson added his second goal with 4:58 to play.

Mike Smith started in goal for Phoenix, but left after 11 minutes with an undisclosed injury. Jason LaBarbera came on to earn the win in relief, giving up a goal on 22 shots.

All five Phoenix goals came against Steve Mason, who faced 42 shots.

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