Phoenix at Nashville

Sjostrom finds net twice for Coyotes to beat Predators


NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Coyotes bounced back from a demoralizing loss. The Predators seemed less ready to recover.

Fredrik Sjostrom scored two goals and Derek Morris, Martin Hanzal and Radim Vrbata each had a goal and an assist to lead Phoenix to a 6-3 victory against Nashville on Thursday.

Both teams were coming off losses Wednesday. The Predators lost 4-1 in St. Louis, while the Coyotes fell 3-0 in Columbus.

"The one good thing about back-to-back games is that always after a loss, you get a chance to get right back out there and play hard," Morris said. "They came at us hard, it could have gone the other way, but we came out on the right end tonight."

Nashville coach Barry Trotz wasn't as impressed with his team's effort.

"I didn't think we responded the way I would have liked to see us respond," Trotz said. "We have to play with a bit more urgency and we have to play a little smarter."

Morris got the Coyotes on the board first at 14:18 if the first period with a power-play goal. His slap shot from the left point glanced off of the right goalpost and into the Nashville goal. Morris was aided by Craig Weller, who planted his 6-foot-4, 220-pound body in front of Nashville goalie Chris Mason to set the perfect screen.

The goal ended two streaks. The Coyotes entered the game without a power-play goal this season, and the Predators had yet to allow a short-handed goal entering Thursday.

"The first two games I was good, and the last two games, I haven't been very good," Mason said. "We got a lot of shots, but I didn't play up to the way I should be playing and we didn't bury the puck when we had the chance."

The Coyotes ended the night with two power-play goals in five opportunities.

Phoenix added another power-play goal at 6:55 of the second period to extend its lead to 2-0 on Sjostrom's first goal of the season.

Sjostrom, a healthy scratch for Phoenix's first three games of the season, sent a wrist shot from the right circle past Mason on the stick side.

"He was outstanding tonight," Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky said. "He came into the game with a vengeance and came with a lot of determination."

The Predators drew within one goal when Radek Bonk scored a power-play goal at 9:41 of the second period.

Bonk's wrist shot from the low slot beat Alex Auld high on the glove side.

Seeing his first action of the season, Auld finished with 36 saves.

"To get that much support was great, especially against a team like this," Auld said. "They are a great offensive team, they have a lot of weapons, and they keep rolling at you and never quit."

Hanzal, Sjostrom, and Vrbata all scored third period goals for the Coyotes.

Bonk later added a second goal, and Alexander Radulov rounded out the Nashville scoring.


  • With an assist on Morris' first-period goal, Niko Kapanen recorded his 100th career NHL point.
  • The victory for Phoenix was their first in Nashville since October 22, 2002.
  • Nashville defenseman Dan Hamhuis has recorded at least one point in each of Nashville's four games this season.
Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
Fredrik Sjostrom celebrates scoring two goals in an NHL game for the first time in his career. (AP)
Fredrik Sjostrom celebrates scoring two goals in an NHL game for the first time in his career. (AP)
Phoenix  (2-1-0) «1236
Nashville (2-1-0)0123
Three Stars
F. Sjostrom

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
R. Bonk

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
D. Morris

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1

Related Video

December 10, 2017
NHL Power Rankings (12/10) (0:56)
December 3, 2017
NHL Power Rankings (12/3)
November 5, 2017
Matt Duchene and Kyle Turris dealt in three-team trade
September 29, 2017
2017-18 Stanley Cup contenders
Scoring Summary
14:18Power Play - Derek Morris (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Martin Hanzal, Niko Kapanen
06:55Power Play - Fredrik Sjostrom (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Radim Vrbata, Daniel Winnik
09:41Power Play - Radek Bonk (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Jason Arnott, Marek Zidlicky
18:12Steve Reinprecht (1), Wrap Shot. Assist: Shane Doan, Derek Morris
01:02Martin Hanzal (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Craig Weller
05:00Radek Bonk (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Alexander Radulov, Greg de Vries
16:47Short - Fredrik Sjostrom (2), Slap Shot, Unassisted.
17:33Power Play - Vernon Fiddler (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Dan Hamhuis, Martin Erat
19:52Radim Vrbata (1), Empty Net, Unassisted.
Penalty Summary
08:28Mueller, 2 min, Hooking
12:33de Vries, 2 min, Interference
16:52Jovanovski, 2 min, Holding
17:32Suter, 2 min, Interference
18.0Smithson, 2 min, Tripping
05:15Ortmeyer, 2 min, Hooking
09:15Jovanovski, 2 min, Holding the stick
01:35Weller, 2 min, Hooking
06:17Legwand, 2 min, Tripping
10:13Carcillo, 5 min, Fighting
10:13Nichol, 5 min, Fighting
13:58Weller, 10 min, Game Misconduct
13:58Gelinas, 2 min, Roughing
Alex Auld59:35363
Chris Mason57:52185
Game Information
Attendance - 12155
Referees - Paul Devorski, Dean Warren
Linesmen - Jean Morin, Brad Kovachik
Other Games
Atl 0 Final
Buf 6
Car 5 Final
Ott 3
NYI 1 Final
Tor 8
NJ 0 Final
Fla 3