|PHX||1||0||2||(0 - 0)||3|
|NSH||1||0||1||(0 - 0)||2|
By Associated Press
NASHVILLE – Keith Yandle scored a goal with 1:45 left in the third period to give the Coyotes a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday night.
Phoenix (15-9-3) won its second road game in two nights to move into first place in the Pacific Division standings.
Ray Whitney and Taylor Pyatt also scored goals for the Coyotes, who got 30 saves from backup goalie Jason LaBarbera in his first start since Nov. 21.
Jack Hillen and Shea Weber scored goals for Nashville (12-11-4).
With the teams skating four-on-four, Coyotes captain Shane Doan fired a pass from the right circle to Yandle skating through the slot. Yandle corralled the puck and put it past Predators goalie Pekka Rinne for his fourth goal of the season.
Nashville tied the score 2-2 at 12:53 of the third on Weber's goal near the end of lengthy five-on-three power play. Ryan Suter slid the puck to Weber just inside the left point. Weber's one-timer was deflected by Coyotes center Boyd Gordon, who had moved out to try to block the Nashville captain's shot. The puck changed direction and beat LaBarbera over his right shoulder.
Tied 1-1, Whitney, alone in the low slot, parlayed a pass from Radim Vrbata into a one-timer past Rinne at 1:40 of the third period.
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Whitney's goal came just seconds after LaBarbera made back-to-back saves on Nashville chances to keep the game tied at 1 (see KEY MOMENT below).
Pyatt gave Phoenix a 1-0 lead just nine seconds after the opening faceoff when he got the rebound of Lauri Korpikoski's long shot from the right side and put the puck past Rinne.
Hillen tied the score with just 10.8 seconds left in the first period. Video officials reviewed the goal - which the Coyotes believed Mike Fischer had kicked in - and it was allowed.
"Our group stayed engaged because of the frustration," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "We feel like both (Nashville) goals were a break for them – the penalty and the one at the end of the first period. So our guys hung in there. We came with the goal that we were going to get two points tonight. Our captain, Shane Doan, made a great play to assistant captain Keith Yandle and got us the win."
► EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com edited this story and compiled this recap.
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|Taylor Pyatt (4) ASST: Lauri Korpikoski (6), Boyd Gordon (8)|
1 - 0 PHX
|Jack Hillen (2) ASST: Craig Smith (14), Martin Erat (9)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Ray Whitney (10) ASST: Radim Vrbata (11), Martin Hanzal (11)|
2 - 1 PHX
|PPG - Shea Weber (6) ASST: Ryan Suter (13), Patric Hornqvist (5)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Keith Yandle (4) ASST: Shane Doan (10), David Schlemko (8)|
3 - 2 PHX
|Derek Morris Slashing against Jerred Smithson|
|David Legwand Hooking against Boyd Gordon|
|Oliver Ekman-Larsson Holding against Jerred Smithson|
|Derek Morris Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Sergei Kostitsyn Slashing against Jason LaBarbera|
|Adrian Aucoin Roughing against Sergei Kostitsyn|
|SA: 32||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 30||EV: 25 - 26|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5 - 6|
|SV%: .938||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 35||TOI: 59:13|
|Saves: 32||EV: 31 - 34|
|PIM: 0||PP: 0 - 0|
|SV%: .914||SH: 1 - 1|