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Predators 3, Coyotes 0
Phoenix Coyotes 0, Nashville Predators 3

Associated Press
NASHVILLE – Shea Weber and Cal O'Reilly each scored a power-play goal, Pekka Rinne made 33 saves for his third shutout of the season, and the Nashville Predators beat the Coyotes, 3-0, on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena.

Jordin Tootoo also scored an empty-net goal for the Predators, who snapped a four-game losing streak.

After a seven-game winning streak, the Coyotes (11-7-5) have lost two straight in regulation for the first time this season.

Weber scored the game's first goal at 3:26 of the first period. The Nashville captain had the puck in the right circle when his attempted pass into the low slot caromed back to him, and he sent a wrist shot into an open net.

O'Reilly doubled the lead at 12:48 of the second period. The goal was O'Reilly's fifth of the season (see KEY MOMENT below).

After struggling on the man advantage for most of the season, the Predators (10-8-5) now have two power-play goals in two of their last three games.

Rinne was sharp, turning aside 10 shots in the first period, 13 in the second and 10 in the third for his 17th career shutout.

Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov faced just 22 shots. The defeat was the Russian's first road regulation loss of the season. He is 5-1-2 away from Glendale.

Tootoo's empty-net goal in the final minute completed the scoring.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of contributed to this recap.
With the Predators leading 1-0 and attacking on a five-on-three power play, Nashville forward Steve Sullivan sent a pass from the left of the Phoenix goal across the crease to teammate Cal O'Reilly, who scored easily with 7:12 left in the second period.

"We just went through our options," O'Reilly said. "Sullivan did all the work, and I had an empty net there."

The two-man advantage was created when the Coyotes took three consecutive penalties in the middle of the period. The Predators first had a five-on-three for nine seconds, followed by another five-on-three for 50 seconds. O'Reilly's goal came with three seconds left on the second two-man advantage.

• Center Kyle Turris returned to the lineup after missing three games because of an upper-body injury. Turris played 11:46, took four shots on goal and won 7 of 11 faceoffs.

• The Coyotes finished November with a record of 8-2-2 for 18 points. The last time the Coyotes had 18 or more points in November was in 1998 when they went 10-0-1 for 21 points.

• The Coyotes dropped to 4-1-2 vs. teams in the Central Division.

• The Coyotes scratched Paul Bissonnette and Sami Lepisto. Both players are healthy.

• Phoenix's next game is on Wednesday vs. the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center. The puck drops at 6 p.m. (Arizona time). The game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona and can be heard on XTRA Sports 910 (AM).
"We had some guys who played hard and we did some good things tonight but in the end, you can't take penalties like that and expect to be successful... It's not a recipe for winning." "We have to make sure we're ready tomorrow (at Minnesota). That's what's great about the NHL... We have a chance to respond and we need a good effort." "We had a desperation in our game tonight. The penalty killing did a good job. The power play did a good job. All of the areas we have been practicing have improved."
Tippett Doan Rinne
Rinne Weber O'Reilly
  • Nov. 30, 2010: NSH 3, PHX 0
  • Feb. 19, 2011:  
  • Nov. 3, 2010: PHX 4, NSH 3
• Jan. 18, 2011:
scoring summary
1st Period
PPG - Shea Weber (3) ASST: Patric Hornqvist (7), Steve Sullivan (6)
1 - 0 NSH
2nd Period
PPG - Cal O'Reilly (5) ASST: Steve Sullivan (7), Ryan Suter (6)
2 - 0 NSH
3rd Period
EN - Jordin Tootoo (3) ASST: Jerred Smithson (2)
3 - 0 NSH
penalty summary
1st Period
Joel Ward  Hooking against  Martin Hanzal
David Schlemko  Interference against  Jerred Smithson
Ryan Suter  Hooking against  Taylor Pyatt
2nd Period
Radim Vrbata  Hooking against  J-P Dumont
Derek Morris  Tripping against  Martin Erat
Adrian Aucoin  Hooking against  Martin Erat
Sergei Kostitsyn  Tripping against  Keith Yandle
3rd Period
Scottie Upshall  Hi-sticking against  Shane O'Brien
Martin Hanzal  Hi-sticking against  Jerred Smithson
Keith Yandle  Slashing against  Joel Ward
goalie stats
Ilya Bryzgalov
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 22TOI: 59:10
Saves: 20EV: 13 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .909SH: 1 - 1
Pekka Rinne
Pekka Rinne
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
Saves: 33EV: 26 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
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