NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Phoenix
(Tuesday, March 28th)
Final Score: Phoenix 5, Nashville 3
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Derek Morris, Shane Doan and Oleg Kvasha all tallied a goal and an assist, as the Phoenix Coyotes defeated the Nashville Predators, 5-3, at Glendale Arena.
Keith Ballard added a shorthanded goal while Curtis Joseph made 28 saves for the Coyotes, who have won four of their last five games.
Joseph also recorded his 424th career win in the NHL, moving past Tony Esposito into sixth place on the all-time wins list.
Martin Erat scored a goal and added an assist for the Predators, who dropped their third consecutive game. Tomas Vokoun allowed five goals on 42 shots.
With 2:55 left in the second and the game tied, Phoenix jumped ahead 3-2 with a shorthanded tally. Tyson Nash intercepted a pass in the neutral zone and dashed into the Nashville zone on a breakaway. Vokoun stacked his pads to make the save on Nash, but Ballard followed the play up and flipped the puck into the net for the goal.
The Coyotes cashed in on a two-man advantage with 7:50 left in the game to take a 4-2 edge. Vokoun stopped Steven Reinprecht's wrister from the high slot, but could not control the rebound. At the right side of the net, Mike Comrie easily tapped home the loose disc for the two-goal cushion.
Erat tallied with 5:19 remaining to make it a 4-3 game, but just 39 seconds later, Phoenix regained its two-goal lead after Kvasha scored his 12th goal of the campaign.
The Preds pulled Vokoun with about a minute remaining, but could not net the equalizer.
The Predators drew first blood at the 12:53 mark of the opening period. Mike Sillinger's wrist shot from the high point beat a screened Joseph through his five-hole for the 1-0 advantage.
The Coyotes evened the score at 1-1 with just 13 seconds left in the first period. On the power play, from the left half-wall, Kvasha centered the puck to a streaking Morris in the slot, and he one-timed the feed past Vokoun high on his glove side.
Just 2:27 into the second stanza, Doan poked in a rebound on the doorstep to give the Coyotes a 2-1 edge.
Dan Hamhuis tied the game up at 2-2 with a heavy slap shot from the left circle that sailed over Joseph's shoulder and into the top right corner of the net for his fourth goal of the season.
The Coyotes defeated Nashville for the first time in three meetings this season...Phoenix defenseman Matthew Spiller picked up his first point in the NHL after assisting on Doan's goal...Before the game, the Preds activated center Yanic Perreault, forward Scott Walker and defensemen Danny Markov and Mark Eaton from injured reserve. Markov notched an assist on Sillinger's goal.
03/28 23:59:48 ET