NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Nashville|
(Thursday, March 28th)
Final Score: Phoenix 7, Nashville 4
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Radim Vrbata scored a pair of goals and had
one assist and Martin Hanzal added one goal and two helpers as the Phoenix
Coyotes cruised past the Nashville Predators, 7-4, on Thursday.
Matthew Lombardi, Keith Yandle, Antoine Vermette and David Moss also tallied
for the Coyotes, who had dropped seven straight entering the contest. Jason
LaBarbera made 34 saves in the victory.
David Legwand, Rich Clune and Gabriel Bourque lit the lamp for the Predators,
who had a three-game winning streak snapped. With the loss, Nashville fell
to 14-14-6 this season.
"Obviously we have to crack down on the mistakes and realize what we did
wrong," said Nashville defenseman Shea Weber. "We got to win games if we want
to stay in this race."
Pekka Rinne allowed four goals on 20 shots before he was pulled for Chris
Mason. Mason didn't fare much better, however, allowing three goals on nine
Hanzal scored 1:46 into the game with a wrister, and Vrbata added a backhander
nearly two minutes later to put the Coyotes up 2-0.
Moss tallied a goal just eight seconds after Vrbata with a wrister, then
Lombardi snuck a shot through at the 7:08 mark that made it 4-0 Phoenix.
Yandle's power-play tally gave the Coyotes a 5-0 edge before the midway point
of the first period, but Nashville responded with a pair of goals to make it
Legwand beat LaBarbera with a snap shot 9:03 into the opening session, and
Clune tipped one in 30 seconds later for his fourth goal of the season.
Vrabata scored his second goal with a wrister with just 4:03 to go in the
first, but Bourque potted a tip-in to make it 6-3 after the first period.
"It's funny, we talked before the game, what we have to do to win. I asked a
couple of guys and not of them said we had to score six in the first period,"
said Coyotes coach Dave Tippett jokingly.
Vermette's wrister 2:44 into the middle session gave the Coyotes a commanding
7-3 edge and Weber added a goal in the third to account for the final margin.
The Predators outshot the Coyotes 38-29 ... Phoenix registered its highest
scoring output of the season ... The Coyotes will visit San Jose on Saturday
... Weber has seven goals this season ... The Predators will visit the
Colorado Avalanche on Saturday ... Phoenix's Steve Sullivan played his 1,000th
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