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NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Phoenix



(Thursday, February 1st)

Final Score: Phoenix 3, Nashville 2

Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Yanic Perreault's 18th goal of the season was the difference, as the Phoenix Coyotes slipped past the Nashville Predators, 3-2.

Jeremy Roenick posted a goal and an assist for the Coyotes, who won for the third time in their last five games. Shane Doan also tallied and Curtis Joseph made 28 saves to post his 13th win of the season.

Steve Sullivan picked up a goal and one helper for the Predators, who have lost two in a row following a four-game winning streak. Jason Arnott scored and Tomas Vokoun gave up three goals on 31 shots in the loss.

"When you're playing a team of this caliber everyone has to contribute," said Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky. "Tonight we got a tremendous effort out of our top players. It was a really nice team effort tonight."

With the game knotted at two, Perreault scored just 5:29 before the end of regulation. The game-winner was the result of some good timing by Perreault, who dropped his stick on the ice just as Nick Boynton's right point shot was skidding wide of the goal on the far side, redirecting it into a half-open net.

Vokoun was pulled in the final minute, and even with the extra pressure exerted by six Nashville skaters, Joseph was able to calmly turn aside three Predator chances in the final seconds to seal the victory.

"The way we lost was tough," Sullivan said. "Sometimes the bounces go for you and sometimes they don't. We have to take it one game at a time. Every team we play now is either fighting for a playoff spot or fighting to catch us."

Nashville took a 1-0 lead on a shorthanded goal 3:54 in, when Scott Hartnell chased down a bouncing puck from just outside the defensive zone, skated down the left wing, and dished to Sullivan just outside the crease for an easy tap- in.

Roenick responded to tie the game at 11:16, pouncing on a bad clear in the slot by Nashville and drilling a bullet by Joseph before he could set himself.

With Ed Jovanovski off for tripping, Arnott let a blazing slapper go from just inside the left circle. The puck sailed through an inadvertent screen by Coyotes defenseman Freddie Sjostrom and past Joseph to the short side to put Nashville ahead, 2-1 with 5:29 gone in the third.

Doan tied the game at 8:43 thanks to a lucky bounce, as his blind backhand flip shot from the inner edge of the left circle deflected off Predator forward David Legwand's skate in the slot and trickled through Vokoun for his 17th goal of the season.

Game Notes

Nashville has won four of the last seven matchups, but Phoenix leads the all- time series, 15-14-2...The Coyotes have won two of three over the Predators this season, both at home...Sullivan extended his point streak to nine games (5G, 8A)...Nashville is 18-11 on the road this season...The Preds were 1-of-6 on the power play, and the Coyotes scoreless in three chances.

02/02 00:27:57 ET


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