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Phoenix at Nashville

Coyotes edge Preds for seventh consecutive victory

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Phoenix Coyotes keep winning in very predictable fashion.

Keith Yandle and Taylor Pyatt scored 58 seconds apart in the second period to lead the Coyotes to a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday.

Phoenix tied a season best by winning its seventh straight. Six have been by one goal and four by the score of 3-2.

"We created some good chances and unfortunately we gave up that one at the end, but all in all it was good solid team win for us," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said. "We played a solid road game. I don't think we made too many mistakes."

Lauri Korpikoski also scored for the Coyotes.

Sergei Kostitsyn and Shea Weber had goals for Nashville, but it wasn't enough to give the Predators their fourth win in five games.

After a scoreless first period, the Coyotes struck twice early in the second. Yandle began the scoring with a wrist shot through traffic that beat goalie Pekka Rinne at 3:51.

"I was trying to get it by the first guy, maybe have a screen or a guy there to tip it," Yandle said. "I don't think he saw it. Obviously, if you can't see it, you can't save it."

Pyatt followed less than a minute later when he drove from the right faceoff dot toward the Nashville net before lifting a wrist shot just under the crossbar.

Phoenix captain Shane Doan was awarded a penalty shot 10 seconds into the middle period after he was hauled down from behind by defenseman Alexander Sulzer just inside the Predators blue line.

On the penalty shot, Doan faked a slap shot and then tried to slip the puck between the pads of Rinne, but the 6-foot-5 Finn denied the attempt with a stick save.

"He's so good. It's intimidating when you are coming in on him and he is as confident as he is," Doan said. "I tried to go five-hole. I tried to get him to freeze for a sec."

It was the first penalty shot Rinne faced in his NHL career. Doan has failed on all five of his career attempts.

Kostitsyn cut the Phoenix lead in half with a power-play goal at 6:37 of the second.

With Doan serving a delay-of-game penalty, Mike Fisher sent the puck from the left side in front. Falling to his knees in the low slot, Kostitsyn was able to lift his shot over the shoulder of goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.

"Our guys stayed with them the whole game. There was no quit in our game," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "I was disappointed in the way we gave up goals. All three could have been very preventable."

Korpikoski scored the winning goal at 7:32 of the third with a slap shot from the high slot, beating Rinne on the glove side. That made it 3-1, but Weber drew the Predators to within one with a goal in the last minute.

"We had chances there, but couldn't find a way," Weber said. "We have to be able to come back. We let this one slip away, but we've got to move on."

Nashville defenseman Ryan Suter left the game late in the second period after a collision with Doan. The team announced that he sustained an undisclosed upper body injury.

Notes

  • Phoenix D Ed Jovanovski missed his first game since sustaining an orbital bone fracture Thursday at Atlanta.
  • The previous penalty shot awarded to a Nashville opponent was to Yandle on Feb. 10, 2008.
  • Nashville RW Jordin Tootoo returned to the lineup after being cleared by administrators of the NHL/NHLPA substance abuse and behavioral health program. He hadn't played since Dec. 26.
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Keith Yandle scores on this wrister that finds its way through traffic obscuring goalie Pekka Rinne. (Getty Images)
Keith Yandle scores on this wrister that finds its way through traffic obscuring goalie Pekka Rinne. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Phoenix  (31-19-9) «0213
Nashville (30-20-8)0112
Three Stars
T. Pyatt
PHO


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
K. Yandle
PHO


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
I. Bryzgalov
PHO


Saves: 30
Save Pct.: .938

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
None
2ND PERIOD
03:51 - Keith Yandle (10), Wrist Shot. Assist: Belanger
04:49 - Taylor Pyatt (15), Wrist Shot. Assist: Ebbett
06:37Power Play - Sergei Kostitsyn (16), Snap Shot. Assist: Fisher, Erat
3RD PERIOD
07:32 - Lauri Korpikoski (13), Slap Shot. Assist: Fiddler, Morris
19:10 - Shea Weber (12), Slap Shot. Assist: Erat, Hornqvist
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
01:42Upshall, 2 min, Interference
09:43Erat, 2 min, Tripping
15:16Hanzal, 2 min, Holding
2ND PERIOD
05:48Doan, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
08:06Dumont, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
19:40Suter, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
3RD PERIOD
06:52Hornqvist, 2 min, Roughing
06:52Pyatt, 2 min, Roughing
12:28O'Brien, 2 min, High-Sticking
13:12Yandle, 2 min, Interference
Shots On Goal
 123T
PHO5101126
NSH4101832
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Ilya Bryzgalov60:00302
Pekka Rinne58:55233
Game Information
Attendance - 17113
Referees - Kelly Sutherland, Chris Lee
Linesmen - Derek Amell, Tony Sericolo
 
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