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Coyotes 4, Predators 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

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Coyotes 4, Predators 0
Nashville Predators 0, Phoenix Coyotes 4
Three Stars of the Game
Chad Johnson
1st
Chad Johnson
G
SA: 21TOI: 59:41
GA: 0EV: 20-20
PIM: 0PP: 1-1
SV%: 1.000SH: 0-0
Keith Yandle
2nd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 25:46
Nick Johnson
3rd
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 8:18

GLENDALE – A week ago, the plan was for goalie Chad Johnson to spend the American Hockey League All-Star break relaxing in the Northeast with his parents and twin brother, Curtis.

An injury to Phoenix Coyotes starting goalie Mike Smith forced a Plan B, and two lackluster efforts from backup Jason LaBarbera had the entire Johnson clan together almost 3,000 miles to the Southwest at Jobing.com Arena – watching their son and brother notch his first NHL shutout.

Johnson was handed a 1-0 lead three minutes into play and that was all he needed, stopping all 21 shots by the Nashville Predators, as the Coyotes broke out of an early-season malaise with a textbook, 4-0 win – just their second in six tries to open the season.

Keith Yandle had a goal and two assists and Nick Johnson – no relation – scored his first goal as a Coyote and added an assist as Phoenix played the kinds of suffocating, system hockey that took them past Nashville and all the way to the Western Conference Finals last year.

"It was an easy game, and I had a lot of help. I wanted to help the team win and the opportunity was there tonight," said Johnson, who said he was close to a shutout in two of his previous five NHL starts, including his only other NHL win for the New York Rangers in Colorado almost three years ago. "I wasn't nervous, but I didn't know what to expect because it's been awhile since I've been in NHL action. Getting my feet wet in the first period was important.

"My parents never had a chance to see me play in the NHL, I'm sure Mom might be crying a little bit. They were going to spend some time with me in Boston and New York, but we had a change of plans. The weather is warmer here and I think everyone's pretty happy with how it turned out."

Antoine Vermette and Lauri Korpikoski continued their early offensive sparks with a goal each. But it was Johnson and the Phoenix defense that stole the show as the Coyotes – who had allowed 20 goals in their first five games – got back to what they do best.

The Coyotes were hoping to have both center Martin Hanzal and defenseman Rostislav Klesla ready to play, but both were unable to answer the bell before the game. Smith could be back as early as the weekend from his groin injury, but there might be less urgency for the moment.

"Chad controlled the rebounds well and he looked calm in there," said Yandle, who had struggled early, but has turned things around the last two games. "We had a tight house in front of our net and the forwards were there all night. I thought we got through the neutral zone, got the puck deep and attacked all night. The four goals is an added bonus, but we played in their end a lot."

Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne, who lost here three times as the Coyotes beat the Predators in last year's playoffs, made 21 saves but allowed a goal to Vermette on the first shot he saw three minutes into play and Nashville chased the rest of the way.

Playing without leading scorer Patric Hornqvist, who suffered a lower-body injury in an overtime loss at Anaheim on Saturday, the Predators have now scored just 10 goals in their first six games and just three in even-strength situations.

"We got beat all over the ice," said Nashville captain Shea Weber, who has no points in six games after signing a 14-year, $110 million contract in the off-season. "We just have to look ourselves in the mirror and ask ourselves if we're giving everything we can. It's going to take everybody, not just one or two guys."

Photo by Getty Images.

Nashville coach Barry Trotz said the reason behind the offensive struggles isn't a secret.

"When you're getting deflected on the outside all the time, you have to fight to get into the interior," he said. "Obviously, we haven't scored enough goals. Sometimes you have to get greasy goals, and we weren't willing to get greasy goals tonight."

Chad Johnson was tested more in the second period, stopping Martin Erat in close and denying Weber and Colin Wilson on bang-bang shots. And after a two lackluster power plays, the Coyotes doubled their lead. Rinne stopped a shot from the point, but Boyd Gordon pushed the rebound to Korpikoski, who popped in his 50th career NHL goal at 16:48.

Nick Johnson made it 3-0 at 11:34 of the third, breaking up a play on one end and finishing a Yandle feed in the other for his first goal as a Coyotes. Derek Morris assisted on the play for his 400th NHL point.

Yandle wrapped up his three-point night by pounding home an Oliver Ekman-Larsson feed from the point on the power play at 15:02.

"We've got a long way to go, we've just got to keep the pedal to the metal," Nick Johnson said. "Getting that first point, or two points, it makes me a true new member of the team. New situation, a new city and a new squad … I feel productive and it's a nice start."

ICE CHIPS

Chad Johnson

1. Coyotes goalie Chad Johnson posted his first NHL shutout and second NHL victory. His first NHL victory came on Jan. 31, 2010 at Colorado while playing for the New York Rangers.

2. Coyotes forward Lauri Korpikoski has scored three goals this season. All three have been scored against Finnish goaltenders: Kari Lehtonen, Antti Niemi and Pekka Rinne. Korpikoski also is from Finland.

3. Coyotes forward Nick Johnson notched a goal and an assist in just 8:18 of ice time - his first goal and his first assist as a member of the Coyotes.

4. Coyotes center Martin Hanzal, who played 20-plus minutes on Saturday vs. LA, missed his third game of the season because of a lower-body injury.

5. Coyotes forward Mikkel Boedker hosted a visiting soccer team from his native Denmark and gave it a tour of the dressing room after the game.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:00
PHX
Antoine Vermette (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Nick Johnson (1), Keith Yandle (3)
1 - 0 PHX
2nd Period
16:48
PHX
Lauri Korpikoski (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Boyd Gordon (3)
2 - 0 PHX
3rd Period
11:34
PHX
Nick Johnson (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Keith Yandle (4), Derek Morris (4)
3 - 0 PHX
15:02
PHX
PPG - Keith Yandle (1) Slapshot - ASST: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (3), Radim Vrbata (4)
4 - 0 PHX
penalty summary
1st Period
07:29
PHX
Steve Sullivan  Too many men/ice - bench
15:12
NSH
Rich Clune  Fighting (maj) against  Kyle Chipchura
15:12
PHX
Kyle Chipchura  Fighting (maj) against  Rich Clune
18:54
PHX
Lauri Korpikoski  Holding against  Kevin Klein
2nd Period
06:28
NSH
Craig Smith  Hooking against  Alexandre Bolduc
11:03
NSH
Matt Halischuk  Interference against  Oliver Ekman-Larsson
3rd Period
05:24
NSH
Martin Erat  Roughing against  Keith Yandle
05:24
PHX
Keith Yandle  Roughing against  Martin Erat
08:08
NSH
Colin Wilson  Too many men/ice - bench
13:15
NSH
Gabriel Bourque  Tripping against  Nick Johnson
goalie stats
Pekka Rinne
Pekka Rinne
0-2-3
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
Saves: 21EV: 17 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .840SH: 0 - 0
Chad Johnson
SA: 21TOI: 59:41
Saves: 21EV: 20 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
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