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NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Nashville



(Tuesday, February 2nd)

Final Score: Phoenix 1, Nashville 0 (SO)

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Adrian Aucoin's goal in the 10th shootout round lifted the Phoenix Coyotes to a 1-0 win over the Nashville Predators at Sommet Center.

Ilya Bryzgalov and Pekka Rinne both earned a shutout in the contest, which failed to produce a goal in 65 minutes of action.

Bryzgalov ended with 25 saves for Phoenix, which has won five straight games and currently sits in fourth place in the overall Western Conference standings.

Rinne turned aside 26 shots for the Predators, who fell to 1-5-1 in their last seven games overall. Nashville will continue its four-game homestand on Thursday against the Colorado Avalanche.

Lauri Korpikoski scored in the second shootout round and David Legwand answered in the third frame to extended the contest. However, no shooter was able to light the lamp through the next six rounds until Aucoin's laser wrist shot from the low slot flew past Rinne.

Shea Weber's attempt failed and the Coyotes celebrated around Bryzgalov.

Following two scoreless periods, the action became a bit chippy in the third.

Midway through the third, Jordin Tootoo had a good look from the right side with a wrister, but Bryzgalov made a nice glove save. Soon after, Martin Erat was alone at the top of the crease, but failed to lift the puck high enough.

On the other end, Taylor Pyatt's slap shot from the slot whizzed high and wide but missed the crossbar by inches.

In overtime, Aucoin fired a one-timer from the point, but Rinne made the save. On the other end, Ryan Suter had a chance from the left point with a wrist shot through traffic, but the disc was swallowed up.

With 40 seconds to go in OT, Joel Ward blocked a one-timer by Milan Michalek from the high slot at the end of a 3-on-2 rush.

Game Notes

This marked the second time this season that Bryzgalov has been credited with a shutout in a game that ended in a shootout. He has six whitewashes this season, and Rinne earned his third...The Coyotes are now 13-10-3 on the road this season and also won five straight earlier this season from November 27 through December 7...Prior to this one, the Preds had won three straight at home versus Phoenix.

02/02 22:52:03 ET


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