NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Phoenix|
(Wednesday, April 7th)
Final Score: Phoenix 5, Nashville 2
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Wojtek Wolski posted a goal and one assist as
Phoenix scored three times late in the third period to snap a tie and down
Taylor Pyatt, Shane Doan, Lauri Korpikoski, and Petteri Nokelainen did the
damage for the Coyotes, who wrapped up the fourth seed in the Western
Conference and will open the quarterfinal round at home.
Ilya Bryzgalov made 23 saves for Phoenix, which upped its franchise-record
point-mark to 104 with the win.
"When we had the lead, we played pretty well," said Phoenix head coach Dave
Tippett. "We checked pretty well, we attacked when we had the right
opportunities. It was a pretty good game; there are some things we need to
clean up still but pretty solid throughout."
Shea Weber and Steve Sullivan tallied for the Predators, who had won three of
four coming in.
"It just comes back to the same thing: not being prepared," Weber said. "I
think that made us a little bit out of sorts, and it wasn't the way we should
Pekka Rinne stopped 25 shots in the loss for Nashville, which remained in a
tie with Detroit for fifth place in the West with 98 points but the Preds hold
the tiebreaker with more wins.
Sullivan's power-play marker off a strange carom from the back boards less
than six minutes into the third period forged a 2-2 deadlock before the
First, Pyatt slipped a shot home from the outer edge of the left circle at
10:36, then Doan followed a bouncing puck from Wolski's original chance and
shoveled it home from the edge of the crease with 2:28 left in regulation.
Nokelainen capped the run with an empty-net score in the final 20 seconds.
Weber opened the scoring just 12 seconds in, but Korpikoski evened the game
with a breakaway forehander at 2:06.
Phoenix took a one-goal lead with 3:33 left in the second, as Wolski cut from
the right wing to the slot and swept a shot past Rinne.
The Coyotes took the season series, 3-1-0...Phoenix, which has not been
eligible for the postseason since 2002, has not had home-ice advantage since
1999, when it lost a seven-game series to St. Louis...The Coyotes play at Los
Angeles on Thursday and the Predators finish the regular season by hosting the
Blues on Saturday.
04/08 02:14:16 ET