NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Phoenix |
(Saturday, February 21st)
Final Score: Nashville 8, Phoenix 2
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Steve Sullivan had a goal and three assists to
lead the Nashville Predators to an 8-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes at
Scott Walker contributed three assists for Nashville, which has won three in a
row. Kimmo Timonen, Greg Johnson, Jim McKenzie and Martin Erat each added a
goal and an assist in the rout. Tomas Vokoun made 24 saves in the victory.
Fredrik Sjostrom and Jeff Taffe scored for the Coyotes, who are just 2-9-1-1
in their last 13 games. Brian Boucher allowed five goals on 14 shots before
being replaced by Jean-Marc Pelletier.
"We were pretty well exposed in every facet of the game," said Phoenix head
coach Bob Francis. "Five on five, generating chances, specialty teams, defense
every aspect of the game. He (Boucher) wasn't the reason why this occurred and
it wasn't his play why we replaced him with Jean-Marc. You just try to change
the complexion of the game and try to do anything you can. It didn't work but
you don't want to slaughter any goaltender."
Sjostrom gave the Coyotes the lead just 34 seconds into the game, but
Nashville scored three times before the first period ended to take the lead.
Johnson was alone in front to deflect a shot by Adam Hall from the left point
past Boucher at 11:23 of the opening period. The short-handed goal tied the
game at 1-1.
The Predators took the lead when Sullivan accepted a pass from Walker in the
slot and beat Boucher at 15:08. Marek Zidlicky whacked in his own rebound at
16:55 of the first period to give Nashville a two-goal lead.
Erat carried the puck over the blue line on the left wing, cut to the slot and
beat Boucher with a blistering wrist shot at 5:55 of the second period to
increase Nashville's lead to 4-1.
Timonen gave the Predators a 5-1 lead and ended Boucher's night with his ninth
goal of the season at 10:28 of the middle stanza. Pelletier took over between
the pipes, but it took the Predators just over three minutes take a 6-1 lead
on McKenzie's first goal of the season.
Denis Arkhipov and Vladimir Orszagh each tallied on the power play early in
the third period to increase the Predators' lead to 8-1.
"It was our second game in two nights and you get scored against in the first
minute on the road it could have easily gone the other way but their is a lot
of character in this dressing room," said Sullivan. "We didn't let it rattle
us and we stayed with it."
Taffe scored midway through the final stanza to complete the scoring.
Nashville is 3-0-1 against Phoenix this season...Vokoun notched an assist on
Erat's goal...Phoenix is 1-18-5 when trailing after the first period this
season...Coming into the contest, 10 of the previous 12 meetings were decided
by one goal or less...Sullivan has five goals and five assists in three games
since being acquired in a trade from Chicago...Nashville finished 2-for-7 on
the power play, while the Coyotes went 1-for-6 with the extra skater...Phoenix
forward Ladislav Nagy, who was sidelined indefinitely with a dislocated wrist,
will miss the remainder of the season due to the injury. With 24 goals and 52
points, Nagy is the second-leading scorer for Phoenix, and the team's top goal
scorer...Pelletier finished with 12 saves on 15 shots.
02/22 00:59:25 ET