|NSH||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||6|
|PHX||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||3|
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -J.P. Dumont and Rich Peverley scored 23 seconds apart in the third period to lift the Nashville Predators to a 6-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday night.
|Highlights: Predators 6,
Dumont snapped a 3-all tie when he sent a slap shot past Mikael Tellqvist at 5:36 of the final period. Dumont also had two assists for his second three-point game of the season.
Peverley scored his second of the year when he converted a pass from Radek Bonk at 5:59. Martin Gelinas added an empty-net goal at 19:20 of the third period
Nashville's win spoiled an energetic Phoenix comeback after the Coyotes fell behind 3-0 midway through the opening period.
As has been the trend in recent games, things did not start well for Phoenix. The Coyotes allowed three goals on the Predators first eight shots.
Bonk put Nashville on the board at 4:34 of the opening period when he put the rebound of his initial shot that hit the left post into an open net. It was Bonk's first goal since Dec. 19 at Chicago.
The Predators increased their lead to 2-0 when David Legwand converted a pass from Dumont for his 13th goal of the season at 11:27. Nashville captain Jason Arnott knocked in his own rebound exactly two minutes later for a 3-0 lead.
At that point, and with 6:33 remaining in the first period, Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky pulled Ilya Bryzgalov in favor of back up Tellqvist. Bryzgalov stopped five of the eight shots he faced.
Phoenix edged back when captain Shane Doan scored a power-play goal at 18:27 of the first period.
Daniel Winnik brought Phoenix within one when he scored at 7:40 of the second. Winnik made a move just outside the crease and managed to slide the puck between goalie Dan Ellis and the right post for his seventh of the season.
Phoenix tied it at 15:21 of the second when Ellis could not handle Ed Jovanovski's wrist shot from the blue line.
With the win, the Predators earned a split of the season series against the Coyotes with both teams posting 2-1-1 records ... With the win Nashville moved into a seventh place tie, one point behind sixth place Colorado ... Dumont became the second Predators player to reach the 20 goal mark this season, joining linemate Alexander Radulov ... Dumont reached the 20 goal mark for the fourth consecutive season and sixth time in the last seven seasons ... Dumont and Arnott both picked up multi-point games on Sunday and finished tied for the team lead with 50 points ... Arnott reached the 50 point mark for the 10th time in his career ... Both of Peverley's goals this season came against the Coyotes. Peverley scored his first career NHL goal Jan. 24 of this season at Phoenix ... Ellis made 30 saves in the game, his seventh 30-save performance of the season and third in his last four outings ... Ellis is 7-1-2 in his last 10 decisions, with a 1.97 goals against average in those 10 starts.
Head Coach Barry Trotz
On tonight's game... “We weren’t happy with the second period, I thought we cheated in a lot of areas where you can’t cheat, there weren’t a lot of details to our game, and all of the sudden, you know, we let them back in the game. I think our team is built on being resilient, don’t get rattled, and we’ve gone through a lot this year.”
On the first period... “The first period, I didn’t think we played particularly well, but we were able to, you know; get a couple of breaks and a little bit of fortune. I thought our goals came a little bit easy, and I thought they got a real huge goal at the end of the period.”
On the team's play in the third period... “Our guys stepped up and weren’t afraid of the challenge.”
Goaltender Dan Ellis
On tonight's game... “We were able to respond in the third period and come up with a big win.”
“Did I get rattled? No. I mean there goals were kind of just hitting bodies, those types of things don’t really rattle you, and it’s just unfortunate. You’re going to get those through the course of a season.”
On the penalty shot... “I just tried to play aggressive, I haven’t had as much success on penalty shots as I would have liked to, and you know, it’s time for a change. It’s something I’ve worked on a lot lately, and just tried to remain patient, and force [Yandle] to shoot, and he did shoot, and I was able to make the save.”
Forward Jason Arnott
On tonight's game... “We didn’t have a great game last night, I think we knew that, and we had to battle back tonight. The team pulled together and came out with a big win tonight.”
“You have to hand it to the guys, everybody pulled together, and we had good contributions from everybody, and we never let down at all. [Ellis] made big saves when he needed to.”
|Radek Bonk (12) ASST: Rich Peverley (3), Marek Zidlicky (26)|
1 - 0 NSH
|David Legwand (13) ASST: J-P Dumont (29), Shea Weber (8)|
2 - 0 NSH
|Jason Arnott (19) ASST: J-P Dumont (30), Alexander Radulov (22)|
3 - 0 NSH
|PPG - Shane Doan (18) ASST: Peter Mueller (20), Joel Perrault (8)|
3 - 1 NSH
|Daniel Winnik (7) ASST: Craig Weller (5), Mike York (7)|
3 - 2 NSH
|Ed Jovanovski (8) ASST: NONE|
3 - 3 Tie
|J-P Dumont (20) ASST: Alexander Radulov (23), Jason Arnott (31)|
4 - 3 NSH
|Rich Peverley (2) ASST: Radek Bonk (12), David Legwand (26)|
5 - 3 NSH
|EN - Martin Gelinas (9) ASST: Vernon Fiddler (14), Greg De Vries (9)|
6 - 3 NSH
|Marek Zidlicky Interference against Pete Vandermeer|
|Rich Peverley Hooking against Ed Jovanovski|
|Nick Boynton Roughing against Vernon Fiddler|
|Marek Zidlicky Holding against Steve Reinprecht|
|Alexander Radulov Hi-sticking against Shane Doan|
|Greg De Vries Tripping against Fredrik Sjostrom|
|SA: 33||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 30||EV: 26 - 28|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 5|
|SV%: .909||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 8||TOI: 13:27|
|Saves: 5||EV: 4 - 7|
|PIM: 0||PP: 0 - 0|
|SV%: .625||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 19||TOI: 45:26|
|Saves: 17||EV: 15 - 17|
|PIM: 0||PP: 0 - 0|
|SV%: .895||SH: 2 - 2|