Phoenix Coyotes right wing Shane Doan (19) celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Nashville Predators in the first period of Game 4 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinal playoff series, Friday, May 4, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
The Coyotes were able to grind out a 1-0 win to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. The Predators are now in position where they'll need to win three straight to win the series.
All hands in
The Phoenix Coyotes celebrate after defeating the Nashville Predators 1-0 in Game 4. They need just one more win to set up a likely date with the Los Angeles Kings for the right to represent the West in the Stanley Cup.
Phoenix's Taylor Pyatt did a lot of the dirty work the Coyotes needed to take a commanding 3-0 series lead and put themselves one win away from the Western Conference finals.
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Predators defenseman Shea Weber checks Coyotes left-winger Taylor Pyatt during the first period, but physical play wasn't enough as the Predators fell at home.
Friday night fights
Predators center Paul Gaustad had an entertaining grapple with Phoenix's Kyle Chipchura. Both players spent time in the sin bin afterwards, but Phoenix has the lead where it counts: on the scoreboard.
Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith has yet to be beaten in Game 4 and didn't play too badly in the 2-0 loss in Game 3.
Predators goalie Pekka Rinne has made a number of key saves, but he didn't gotten any help at all from his offense in Game 4.