By Associated Press NASHVILLE -- The Coyotes keep winning in very predictable fashion.
Shane Doan and Taylor Pyatt scored goals 58 seconds apart in the second period to lead Pacific Division-leading Phoenix to a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday night.
The Coyotes (32-19-9) tied a season-high by winning their seventh consecutive game. Six of the wins have been by one goal and four by the score of 3-2.
Lauri Korpikoski, who is having a breakout season, also scored for Phoenix (see KEY MOMENT below).
Sergei Kostitsyn and Shea Weber scored goals for Nashville (31-20-8).
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After a scoreless first period, the Coyotes struck twice early in the second. Doan began the scoring by deflecting a wrist shot through traffic by Keith Yandle past Predators goalie Pekka Rinne at 3:51.
Pyatt, who missed Thursday's game vs. Atlanta because of a lower-body injury, followed less than a minute later when he drove from the right faceoff dot toward the Nashville net before lifting a wrist shot just under the crossbar.
Doan was awarded a penalty shot - Phoenix's first of the season - 10 seconds into the middle period after he was hauled down from behind by Predators defenseman Alexander Sulzer just inside the Predators blue line. On the penalty shot, Doan faked a slap shot and then tried to slip the puck between the pads of Rinne, but the 6-foot-6 Finn denied the attempt with a stick save.
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It was the first penalty shot Rinne faced in his NHL career. Doan dropped to 0 for 5 on penalty shots in his career.
Kostitsyn cut the Phoenix lead in half with a power-play goal at 6:37 of the second.
With Doan serving a delay-of-game penalty, Mike Fisher sent the puck from the left side in front. Falling to his knees in the low slot, Kostitsyn was able to lift his shot over the shoulder of Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, who stopped 30 of 32 shots in his 18th consecutive start.
Weber drew the Predators to within 3-2 with a goal in the last minute of the third period.
"We created some good chances and unfortunately we gave up that one at the end, but all in all it was good solid team win for us," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "We played a solid road game. I don't think we made too many mistakes."
► EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com compiled this recap.
Leading 2-1 in the third period, Coyotes forward Lauri Korpikoski skated the puck through all three zones during a four-on-four segment. Once between the circles in the Nashville zone, Korpikoski launched a slap shot past Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, off the right post and into the net. The goal, Korpikoski's second in as many games, turned out to be the game-winning goal.
• Winger Ray Whitney, who ranks second on the team with 45 points, suffered a lower-body injury in the first period and played only six shifts (4:26).
• The Coyotes also won a season-high seven games in a row earlier this season (Nov. 10-23).
• The Coyotes on Saturday recalled defenseman Nolan Yonkman from the American Hockey League and sent center Kyle Turris to the AHL. Yonkman played 11:06 in place of injured defenseman Adrian Aucoin, who is day-to-day because of a lower-body injury that has kept him out of the past two games. "We anticipate both Kyle Turris and (defenseman) David Schlemko will rejoin us for our next game in Philadelphia," Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney told phoenixcoyotes.com before Saturday's game.
• The Coyotes have posted a 9-3-2 record vs. the five teams in the Central Division: Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Nashville and St. Louis.
• Center Vernon Fiddler won eight of 11 faceoffs against his former team.
• The Coyotes' next game is Tuesday vs. Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center. The puck drops at 5 p.m. (Arizona time). The game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona and can be heard on XTRA Sports 910 (AM).
"I was trying to get it by the first guy, maybe have a screen or a guy there to tip it. I don't think he (Pekka Rinne) saw it. Obviously, if you can't see it, you can't save it."
"He (Pekka Rinne) is so good. It's intimidating when you are coming in on him and he is as confident as he is. I tried to go five-hole (on the penalty shot). I tried to get him to freeze for a second."
"We had chances there, but couldn't find a way. We have to be able to come back. We let this one slip away, but we've got to move on."