NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Nashville|
(Monday, February 19th)
Final Score: Nashville 4, Phoenix 1
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Scott Hartnell scored a pair of early second-
period goals in a 23-second span for the fastest two goals ever scored by any
Predator, as Nashville regained possession of first place in the Central
Division with a 4-1 win over the slumping Phoenix Coyotes.
Jean-Pierre Dumont had a goal and an assist for Nashville, which briefly lost
its grasp on the top spot in both the Central and the Western Conference
following Saturday's loss to Minnesota at the Gaylord Entertainment Center, as
the Wild spoiled Peter Forsberg's debut as a Predator by scoring three times
in the third period en route to a 4-1 victory.
Forsberg, acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday in the year's
biggest in-season deal thus far, was not a factor in his second game with his
new club. While still held without a point in Nashville, the five-time All-
Star and 2003 Hart Trophy winner was productive with five shots on goal.
Jason Arnott also scored for Nashville, which has split its last four games.
Tomas Vokoun stopped 22 shots in goal. Standout defenseman Kimmo Timonen, who
was scratched from the lineup against Minnesota with an upper-body injury,
returned for this tilt.
The Predators are an outstanding 22-5-3 on home ice this season.
Oleg Saprykin scored for Phoenix, which is currently mired in a season-worst
six-game losing streak, the club's longest since a six-game slide from March
22-31, 2003. Curtis Joseph stopped 31-of-35 shots.
"We knew we were in for a battle after them losing two in a row," Phoenix
coach Wayne Gretzky said. "Right now, we have too many weak links and not
enough guys paying the price."
With a penalty shot after getting taken down by Ed Jovanovski, Dumont got
Nashville on the board with 1:11 remaining in the first period on a snap shot
to the stick side, as the Predators held a 1-0 first-intermission lead.
In the second, they blew the game open. Arnott scored by backhanding in a
loose puck after Steve Sullivan's centering pass just 39 seconds into the
Then, Hartnell got going. With 5:34 gone in the second, he led a 2-on-1 break
and cut across the crease to beat a sprawling Joseph glove-side. Capping
another fast-break, 23 seconds later, Hartnell took advantage of a pair of
defenders colliding in the slot, and got off a wrister stick side for a 4-0
Phoenix finally got on the board when Saprykin deflected in Keith Ballard's
missed shot from the point 17:14 into the final period.
Jovanovski got hit in the collarbone with a puck late in the third. He left
under his own power, but did not return...This game marked the final meeting
between these teams this season. The Coyotes won two of the three previous
encounters, but dropped a 4-1 decision to the Preds in the Music City back in
October...Phoenix has lost in each of its last five visits to Nashville and
continued a seven-game winless streak (6 losses, 1 tie) at the Gaylord
Entertainment Center. The Coyotes' last road win in this series came on
October 22, 2002.
02/19 22:31:29 ET