Predators put a quick halt to Coyotes win streak
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nashville’s chances finally turned into goals.
Filip Forsberg scored twice and added an assist to lead the Predators to a come-from-behind 5-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night.
Trailing by one entering the third period, Nashville scored four unanswered goals to surge past the Coyotes.
"It was good for us to get a few goals and get the `W’ in the third," Forsberg said. "Even in the first two periods we scored one, but I still think we had a lot of chances, a lot of looks and a lot of guys in front."
Calle Jarnkrok, Mike Ribeiro, and James Neal also scored for Nashville, who stopped a two-game losing streak. Shea Weber had three assists, tying the Nashville captain’s career high.
"Our group was ready to go from the start," Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Kyle Chipchura had the goals for Arizona, which saw it three-game winning streak end.
"You can’t turn the puck over like that and expect to win games," Arizona coach Dave Tippett said. "It’s just not going to happen. It wasn’t just the third period. We turned it over in the first and second, too. Our puck play was poor to say the least tonight."
Nashville lost center Mike Fisher at 7:56 of the second period to a lower-body injury. In the Arizona zone, Martin Hanzal checked Fisher into the left boards. Fisher left the ice without putting any weight on his right leg.
The team did not have an update on Fisher’s condition following the game.
Nashville took a 3-2 lead in the third on Forsberg’s wrist shot. He scored his second at 17:01 and Neal added an empty-net goal late.
Ekman-Larsson scored the game’s first goal at 17:20 of the first.
With Nashville defenseman Seth Jones off serving an interference penalty, Ekman-Larsson sent a wrist shot through traffic toward the Nashville net, beating Pekka Rinne high on the stick side.
Jarnkrok tied it 1 at 12:32 of the second. With Nashville on a power play, Weber faked a shot from the left side before sending a pass toward Jarnkrok in front of the Arizona net. He redirected the puck between the pads of Mike Smith.
Nashville had the edge in shots, 41-15.
"You can’t continually get outshot 2-1, 3-1 and expect to win," Chipchura said. "Smitty played great, he gave us a chance, kept us in it, but you can’t keep getting outshot, outchanced, outplayed like that."
Arizona regained the lead at 17:09 of the second on Chipchura’s third goal of the season.
Boyd Gordon had the puck to the right of the Nashville net and slid a backhand pass to Chipchura crashing the net. Chipchura was able to fend off Weber and slip the puck by Rinne.
Ribeiro tied the game at 2:33 of the third when Cody Hodgson got a stick on an Ekman-Larsson pass in the Arizona zone and the deflection came to Ribeiro and beat Smith high to the glove side from the low slot.
"I just had to shoot there," Ribeiro said. "It was a big goal for us, but most importantly, the two points is what we needed."
NOTES: Domi has a four game point-scoring streak. … The Coyotes have allowed at least one power-play goal in their last four games. … Entering Tuesday, Arizona was 10-0-0 when leading after two periods. … Nashville LW Colin Wilson missed the game due to a lower-body injury.
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- Boyd Gordon
- Calle Jarnkrok
- Cody Hodgson
- Colin Wilson
- Filip Forsberg
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- James Neal
- Kyle Chipchura
- Martin Hanzal
- Mike Fisher
- Mike Ribeiro
- Nashville Predators
- Oliver Ekman-Larsson
- Pekka Rinne
- Seth Jones
- Shea Weber