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The Nashville Predators started a four-game road trip in Phoenix on Monday night with a 5-4 shootout win over the Coyotes. Nashville is now just two points behind the Detroit Red Wings for fourth place in the Western Conference standings.
Martin Erat had a goal and two assists on Monday and Andrei Kostitsyn picked up the only tally in the shootout to lead the Predators to victory. Goaltender Pekka Rinne made 31 saves.
It was a scoreless first period until only 29 seconds remained on the clock. Erat picked up his 17th goal of the season. Sergei Kostitsyn and Hal Gill got the assists.
It was 1-0 game heading into the second period, but the trend of allowing the opponent to respond quickly after the Predators scored continued. Daymond Langkow picked up his 9th goal of the year with a tip-in just 49 seconds into the middle frame. Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Raffi Torres picked up the assists.
At 11:04 into the second period, Rinne made a save on a Keith Yandle breakaway, and the puck was sent down the other end of the ice by the Predators. Nashville took a 2-1 lead when Mike Fisher scored his 21st goal of the season. Sergei Kostitsyn set Fisher up.
Just over three minutes later, Yandle would not be denied as he beat Rinne high, glove side to tie the game at 2-2. It was Yandle’s 10th goal of the season.
Before the second period ended, Nashville took a 3-2 lead with both teams skating four aside. Francis Bouillon drove to the net to put a rebound behind Smith. The goal was Bouillon’s first of the season.
The Predators made it a two-goal lead when Paul Gaustad sent the puck up the ice to rookie Craig Smith who went in all alone scoring on the backhand on a breakaway to make it 4-2. Gaustad now has three assists in five games with Nashville.
Phoenix scored twice in a little under 5 minutes to tie the game on goals from Ekman-Larsson and Torres.
Phoenix had two shots during the overtime period to Nashville’s one shot on goal. While Andrei Kostitsyn scored in his first shootout attempt as a member of the Predators, Rinne stopped Ray Whitney, Radim Vrbata, and Mikkel Boedker for Phoenix.
Jack Hillen was back in the lineup. Josh Cooper of The Tennessean tweeted that Roman Josi did not make the trip out West with the team and is out with an upper-body injury. On Saturday night against the Red Wings, Josi was hit hard by Brad Stuart. Kevin Klein is still out with an upper-body injury.
Forwards scratched for Nashville on Monday night were Brian McGrattan, Brandon Yip and Matt Halischuk.
Nashville doesn’t play again until Thursday night when they visit San Jose to take on the Sharks.
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The perfect storm we mentioned Friday seems close to becoming reality. Numerous reports out of Russia today suggest that former Predator Alexander Radulov is leaning towards making a return to the team he left less than four years ago.All of the hurdles seem to be cleared. Despite general managers league-wide voicing frustration over the process, the NHL and NHLPA have agreed that...
The rumor mill is in full effect today, running rampant that defected Nashville Predator winger Alexander Radulov may rejoin the team soon.
With the Predators being healthy up front and, maybe even more surprisingly, performing so well offensively, the question needs to be asked: where would the Russian sniper fit in?
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The Nashville Predators ended their homestand with consecutive wins, and they hope it provides them with some momentum as they begin a challenging portion of their schedule. The Predators begin a four-game road trip against the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday night. Nashville moved within four points of fourth-place Detroit in the Western Conference with a 3-2 win over the Red Wings...
The Nashville Predators got off to a good start on the four game road trip out west with a 5-4 shootout win over the always pesky Phoenix Coyotes.Whenever the two teams meet you know that it will be a close contest with two of the NHL's best hockey minds behind the bench with Barry Trotz and Dave Tippet playing their chess match to get the most out of their players.In the end...
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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Andrei Kostitsyn scored the only goal in the shootout to give the Nashville Predators a 5-4 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday night.
Kostitsyn, shooting first for the Preds, beat Mike Smith through his legs for the win.
Phoenix trailed 4-2 early in the third, but Oilver Ekman-Larrson and Raffi Torres scored to help send the game to overtime.
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