Ellis caps night in shootout; Predators top Coyotes

Robby Stanley  - Correspondent | Wednesday, 10.22.2014 / 12:47 AM

NASHVILLE -- Nashville Predators defensemen are encouraged to join the rush and be active offensively under new coach Peter Laviolette. Ryan Ellis did that Tuesday against the Arizona Coyotes in a 4-3 shootout win he clinched.

"He constantly looks to get on the backside of things. He makes great plays coming out of our end," Laviolette said of Ellis. "He's a talented kid. To use a defenseman in a shootout, there's lots of guys up front that are talented, but we've got a couple defensemen that are good in shootouts as well.

"I just think that he makes a good first pass, and he's able to see holes in the ice to jump to the offense. That really helps when you're trying to generate offense if you have your back end contributing."

The Coyotes took a 3-2 lead on a power-play goal by former Predators forward Martin Erat at 7:42 of the third period. Nashville's James Neal tied the game 21 seconds later when he one-timed a pass on the rush from Mike Ribeiro, who played for the Coyotes last season.

"I just saw him coming behind me. Obviously, he has a better shot than me, so I thought if you take the odds, should I shoot or should [Neal]?" Ribeiro said. "I think Neal should shoot. I think he was in a better position than me to shoot. It went in. It was a big goal for us."

Ellis scored the game-winner in the shootout after he had a goal and two assists in regulation. He was active on the rush offensively for Nashville.

"We're allowed to go down the walls more and get more active in the offensive zone and for me, I'm excited," Ellis said. "I'm thrilled by that opportunity. Obviously you've got to pick the right time, but I think tonight and even the past couple games here, I think we've been doing a pretty good job of that."

The Coyotes took a 1-0 lead at 3:21 of the first period when Rob Klinkhammer was able to convert on a 2-on-1 rush. Klinkhammer received the pass from David Moss and one-timed the puck past Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne for his second goal.

Ribeiro tied the game at 12:05 of the first on a 4-on-1 rush by the Predators. He made a pass to Ellis and got the puck right back to one-time it past Arizona goaltender Devan Dubnyk.

Ellis gave the Predators a 2-1 lead at 5:12 of the second period, three seconds after a Nashville power play expired. He pinched down to the high slot and fired a wrist shot past Dubnyk.

"It was a great play by [Seth Jones] and [Derek Roy] up top," Ellis said. "[Roy] kind of feathered a pass over there and then [Colin Wilson] was in front and made a great screen. I think that kind of threw the goalie off. Not sure if it was tipped or not by one of their guys, but any traffic in front makes it a lot harder for the goalie."

Arizona defenseman Keith Yandle tied the game 2-2 at 11:48 of the period on a wrist shot from the slot. Yandle got the puck off a faceoff in the Nashville end and shot it past Rinne for his first goal of the season.

Nashville had four power-play chances in the second period and was unable to convert on any of them. The Predators have scored one power-play goal in 13 opportunities this season, and their ineptitude with the man advantage was almost the difference in the game Tuesday.

"That could have been the game. They went and scored a 3-2 goal on the power play, and you cannot not score on the power play," Ribeiro said. "That will make the difference. That will make you win or lose games, so obviously we're not happy about it."

The Coyotes fell to 2-2-1 with the shootout loss, rebounding to gain one point against the Predators after suffering a 6-1 home loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

"Certainly much better than the other day," Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett said. "We were looking for a response out of our team and we certainly got it. I thought Dubnyk played well in goal, of course, but our whole team competed in the areas we wanted to do a lot better and had opportunities with power plays to get a win, and unfortunately we didn't."

Dubnyk made his second start of the season for Arizona, falling to 1-0-1 on the season. He stopped 23 of the 26 shots he faced and helped the Coyotes earn a key point.

"I want to give them that feeling that I'm going to be solid for them back there. The more games I'm able to play, obviously they'll be able to get a feel for me," Dubnyk said."

Arizona will travel to play the Minnesota Wild on Thursday. Nashville will host the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday in the second game between the teams this season.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
03:21ARI Rob Klinkhammer (2) ASST: David Moss (1), Kyle Chipchura (1) 1 - 0 ARI
12:05NSH Mike Ribeiro (3) ASST: Ryan Ellis (2) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
05:12NSH Ryan Ellis (1) ASST: Derek Roy (4), Seth Jones (2) 2 - 1 NSH
11:48ARI PPG - Keith Yandle (1) ASST: Antoine Vermette (3) 2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
07:42ARI PPG - Martin Erat (2) ASST: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (3), Keith Yandle (5) 3 - 2 ARI
08:03NSH James Neal (2) ASST: Mike Ribeiro (2), Ryan Ellis (3) 3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
1NSHDerek Roy - Goal
2ARIMikkel Boedker - Save
3NSHCraig Smith - Save
4ARISam Gagner - Save
5NSHFilip Forsberg - Save
6ARIAntoine Vermette - Goal
7NSHRyan Ellis - Goal
8ARIMartin Erat - Save
Shootout Summary
RNDNashville PredatorsArizona Coyotes
1Derek RoyMikkel Boedker
2Craig SmithSam Gagner
3Filip ForsbergAntoine Vermette
4Ryan EllisMartin Erat
Three Stars of the Game
Ryan Ellis
Ryan Ellis
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 18:44
Mike Ribeiro
Mike Ribeiro
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 20:25
Keith Yandle
Keith Yandle
G: 1Shots: 9
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 25:39
Penalty Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
03:09ARI Brandon McMillan  Hooking against  Paul Gaustad
05:48NSH Viktor Stalberg  Hooking against  Shane Doan
07:19ARI Antoine Vermette  Holding against  Anton Volchenkov
11:45NSH Calle Jarnkrok  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Devan Dubnyk
12:08ARI Antoine Vermette  Hooking against  Shea Weber
14:16ARI Rob Klinkhammer  Too many men/ice - bench
3rd Period
02:06ARI Sam Gagner  Tripping against  Ryan Ellis
05:48NSH Ryan Ellis  Interference against  Lauri Korpikoski
10:08NSH Viktor Stalberg  Holding against  Oliver Ekman-Larsson
19:44NSH James Neal  Slashing against  Oliver Ekman-Larsson
OT Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays2/50/5
Faceoff Wins3932
Blocked Shots1617
Penalty Minutes1010
3K. YandleD1119025:39
4Z. MichalekD00-12019:54
5C. MurphyD00-20018:40
6D. SchlemkoD00-11019:40
9S. GagnerC0001216:03
10M. EratR1002017:04
14J. VitaleC0001011:31
18D. MossR01-11013:48
19S. DoanR00-13023:31
22B. McMillanL00-1128:21
24K. ChipchuraC0102012:07
26M. StoneD0011018:33
28L. KorpikoskiL0000017:23
36R. KlinkhammerL1001011:49
44B. CrombeenR000104:35
50A. VermetteC01-23423:55
89M. BoedkerL00-14019:53
40D. Dubnyk2326.88565:00
3S. JonesD0100018:56
4R. EllisD1222218:44
6S. WeberD0003033:18
9F. ForsbergL0020019:06
13O. JokinenC0001016:12
14M. EkholmD0020014:26
15C. SmithR0013015:18
18J. NealR1014219:44
19C. JarnkrokC0004214:41
20A. VolchenkovD0000012:34
21D. RoyC0112014:06
24E. NystromL0002011:23
25V. StalbergL0001413:47
28P. GaustadC0000014:22
33C. WilsonL0001014:37
57G. BourqueR000008:22
59R. JosiD0002032:02
63M. RibeiroC1111020:25
35P. Rinne3336.91765:00