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David Legwand added an empty-netter for the Predators with 31 seconds left after the Coyotes threw a late surge of pressure at Rinne with 10 shots in the final frame after accumulating just eight shots in the first two periods.
"I was worried after two periods that they didn't have a lot of shots," Predators Head Coach Barry Trotz told reporters. "I knew they'd have their best effort in the third, come with everything and that we'd have to weather some storms. Pekka was up to the challenge."
Dumont opened the scoring at 14:01 of the second period with his 14th goal. Nashville's leading point-scorer took a pass from Steve Sullivan in between the faceoff circles and released a one-timer that beat Bryzgalov.
Trailing 1-0 in the third period, the Coyotes created scoring chances. About six and a half minutes in, Mikkel Boedker drove into the Predators zone, cut to the slot, and then faked a shot as Rinne went down. A shot at the last second by the Dane caught the leg pad of Rinne.
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A couple of minutes later, Peter Mueller almost turned on the red light after taking a pass from captain Shane Doan, but Rinne was ready again with a leg-pad save.
"Obviously it's hard when you only face eight shots in the first two periods," Rinne told reporters. "But it's all mental. You just try to be sharp."
The Coyotes earned a power play with 4:49 left in the game when Nashville's Vernon Fiddler was called for tripping. With the man advantage, the Coyotes maintained possession of the puck in the offensive zone, but they couldn’t create a shot on goal.
“We did move the puck around pretty well there against an aggressive, good penalty kill,” Yandle said. “We had a pretty good chance there in the end to tie up the game with five minutes to go, but we failed to do that.”
• In three wins against the Coyotes this season, Rinne has stopped 72 of 74 shots.
• Six Coyotes players acquired at the trade deadline 10 days ago made their home debuts: Matthew Lombardi, Scottie Upshall, Petr Prucha, Brandon Prust, Nigel Dawes and Dmitri Kalinin.
• Upshall faced the Predators, the team that drafted him sixth overall in the 2002 NHL Draft, for the first time in his career.
• Zbynek Michalek led all Coyotes in ice-time with 22:25 played and had four blocked shots to lead all players.
• The Coyotes scratched forwards Todd Fedoruk, Enver Lisin, Joakim Lindstrom, Daniel Winnik, and defenseman David Hale. Defenseman Ville Koistinen, and centers Radek Bonk and Jason Arnott sat out for the Predators.