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Coyotes 5, Predators 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM
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Coyotes 5, Predators 2
Phoenix Coyotes 5, Nashville Predators 2
Three Stars of the Game
David Schlemko
1st
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 17:48
Lauri Korpikoski
2nd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 20:16
David Legwand
3rd
David Legwand
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: -2TOI: 19:19

Associated Press
NASHVILLE -- David Schlemko, Ray Whitney, Lauri Korpikoski and Mikkel Boedker each scored their first goals of the season, and the Coyotes beat Nashville, 5-2, on Thursday night to spoil the Predators' home opener at Bridgestone Arena.

Shane Doan chipped in an empty-net goal and an assist as the Coyotes (1-1-1) capped their three-game road trip to open the season with their first victory.

Ryan Suter and Colin Wilson scored for Nashville (2-1-0), which started the night walking down a gold carpet into the arena as part of the festivities.

But an emotional video montage in memory of Wade Belak, the former NHL enforcer found dead in Toronto in August, seemed to sap the Predators despite a sellout crowd eager to cheer a team coming off its first run to the Western Conference semifinals.

The Predators had been 10-2-1-1 against Phoenix in Nashville since the start of the 2003-04 season and 16-9-1-2 overall.

Phoenix had more than enough goals after the first period after outshooting Nashville 16-7 in the first 20 minutes. Schlemko scored his first goal of the season from the left circle off a rebound, sending the puck under Pekka Rinne as the goalie sprawled to his left at 12:00. Whitney scored on a slap shot off an assist from Daymond Langkow 2:28 later, and Korpikoski made the score 3-0 with a backhander at 18:45.

Photo by Getty Images.
Suter's shorthanded goal on his own slap shot at 14:01 of the second seemed to jumpstart the Predators. David Legwand got his second assist, sliding the puck over to Wilson in the slot for his first goal of the season that cut the lead to 4-2 at 9:08 of the third.

The Predators outshot Phoenix 10-3 in the third and played with so much energy Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett took a timeout at 13:04. The Predators even got a power play when Martin Hanzal was called for holding the stick at 14:37, but they couldn't get anything else past goalie Jason LaBarbera, who made 23 saves in his first game of the season.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com compiled this recap.
 

Leading 4-2, Coyotes goalie Jason LaBarbera made an acrobatic save on a power-play, tip-in attempt by Nashville's Colin Wilson with 4:07 left in the game to help secure the victory.

► Click here to watch the KEY MOMENT.
 

• The Coyotes entered the game having scored only 18 goals in 10 games vs Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne. On Thursday, Phoenix scored four goals on Rinne in less than 32 minutes.

• Captain Shane Doan scored the 299th goal of his career into an empty net with 1:10 left in the third period.

Keith Yandle
• Defenseman Keith Yandle played only 16:40. Most of that ice time came before he collided with Nashville's Jordin Tootoo midway through the second period.

• Defenseman Rostislav Klesla was plus-4.

• Center Boyd Gordon won 15 of 20 faceoffs.

• Forward Raffi Torres notched the 100th assist of his NHL career in the first period.

• The Coyotes scratched Kyle Chipchura, Patrick O'Sullivan and Chris Summers.

• The Coyotes' next game is Saturday vs. Winnipeg at Jobing.com Arena. The puck drops at 4 p.m. (Arizona time). The game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona and can be heard on XTRA Sports 910 (AM).
 
"I think we just played a real solid game... I think now we are going in the right direction and we've already forgotten that game at San Jose (to start the season)." "They were coming pretty hard with the score the way it was (in the third period), so I was glad our guys hung in there. (Jason) LaBarbera gave us a solid game and everybody contributed to this win. It was a good team win." "The guys were skating really hard and we were getting pucks in deep and making their 'D' work and we were getting turnovers. And that's our identity; that's how we play."
Korpikoski Tippett LaBarbera
 
Schlemko Korpikoski Legwand
 
  • Oct. 13, 2011: PHX 5, NSH 2
  • Dec. 6, 2011:
  • Nov. 3, 2011:
  • March 12, 2012:
scoring summary
1st Period
12:00
PHX
David Schlemko (1) ASST: Petteri Nokelainen (1), Raffi Torres (1)
1 - 0 PHX
14:28
PHX
Ray Whitney (1) ASST: Daymond Langkow (2), Shane Doan (2)
2 - 0 PHX
18:45
PHX
Lauri Korpikoski (1) ASST: Boyd Gordon (1), Taylor Pyatt (1)
3 - 0 PHX
2nd Period
11:26
PHX
Mikkel Boedker (1) ASST: Martin Hanzal (2), Keith Yandle (3)
4 - 0 PHX
14:01
NSH
SHG - Ryan Suter (2) ASST: David Legwand (4)
4 - 1 PHX
3rd Period
09:08
NSH
Colin Wilson (1) ASST: David Legwand (5), Sergei Kostitsyn (3)
4 - 2 PHX
18:50
PHX
EN - Shane Doan (3) ASST: Rostislav Klesla (1)
5 - 2 PHX
penalty summary
1st Period
09:39
NSH
Niclas Bergfors  Hi-sticking against  Ray Whitney
2nd Period
06:07
PHX
Paul Bissonnette  Interference on goalkeeper against  Pekka Rinne
13:00
NSH
Jordin Tootoo  Slashing against  Paul Bissonnette
19:06
PHX
Derek Morris  Interference against  Colin Wilson
3rd Period
14:37
PHX
Martin Hanzal  Holding the stick against  Ryan Suter
goalie stats
Jason LaBarbera
SA: 25TOI: 59:54
Saves: 23EV: 15 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .920SH: 1 - 2
Pekka Rinne
Pekka Rinne
2-1-0
SA: 30TOI: 59:30
Saves: 26EV: 25 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .867SH: 0 - 0
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