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The Arizona Coyotes hung on through forty minutes, but collapsed in the third period in a 5-2 loss to the Nashville Predators.

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Much like the Ottawa Senators did on Saturday, the Nashville Predators jumped all over the Arizona Coyotes early. Unlike Saturday though, the Coyotes were unable to hold off the Predators forever.

A dominant night overall by the Predators culminated in a four goal third period sunk the Arizona Coyotes, as they dropped a 5-2 decision to Nashville at Bridgestone Arena Tuesday night.

Scoring Summary

First Period

1-0 Arizona: Though the Coyotes spent much of the first period on their heels, Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the all important first goal of the game on a late period power play. Max Domi made a beautiful cross-ice pass to an unmarked OEL whose high slot wrister beat Pekka Rinne. Assists to Domi and Mikkel Boedker on the power play goal at 17:20.

Second Period

1-1 Tie: Nashville responded with a power play goal of their own midway through the second. Shea Weber closed in on Smith to the near-side face-off circle. But instead of shooting, he rifled a pass to Calle Jarnkrok, who tipped the puck between Smith's pads to even the score. Assists to Weber and Filip Forsberg on the power play goal at 12:32.

2-1 Arizona: The Coyotes regained the lead thanks to some depth scoring. Kyle Chipchura wheeled around the offensive zone to create space and found Zbynek Michalek. Michalek's shot went wide of the net, but was recovered by Boyd Gordon, who got it to Chipchura right in front of the net. In the ensuing scrum, Chipchura did just enough to get the puck past Rinne. Assists to Gordon and Michalek on the goal at 17:09.

Third Period

2-2 Tie: Who else? Mike Ribeiro was the recipient of a terrible defensive zone turnover by Oliver Ekman-Larsson. OEL's cross-zone pass was intercepted by Ribeiro, who made no mistake on Mike Smith. Assist to Cody Hodgson on the goal at 2:33.

3-2 Nashville: Filip Forsberg had only scored once in his last 20 games, but he absolutely earned one with his individual effort here. After creating a scoring chance on a Nicklas Grossmann turnover, Forsberg skated the puck around the zone and found room in the middle of the ice. Like Ribeiro before him, Forsberg made no mistake. Assists to Craig Smith and Shea Weber on the goal at 4:49.

4-2 Nashville: Arizona's efforts to get the lead back ultimately backfired, as the Predators drew a three-on-one on Arizona after a pinch failed to hold the zone. Mike Ribeiro fed Filip Forsberg with a textbook cross-ice pass to beat Smith and give the Predators a two-goal lead. Assists to Ribeiro and Shea Weber on the goal at 17:01.

5-2 Nashville: After hitting the post on a completely open net earlier in the third period, James Neal got a second chance. This time, he didn't miss. Assist to Roman Josi on the empty-net goal at 19:10

Stat Report

Arizona Coyotes Nashville Predators
First Period Shots 4 13
Second Period Shots 6 14
Third Period Shots 5 14
Total Shots 15 41
Power Plays 1 for 2 1 for 2
Faceoff Wins 34 24
Save Percentage .900 .867


Paw Prints

  • For reaction from Nashville, be sure to check out On the Forecheck.
  • Shane Doan was a scratch for the fourth straight game, though he has resumed skating on this trip.
  • With his assist on the Oliver Ekman-Larsson goal, Max Domi now has five assists in four games.
  • Kyle Chipchura's second period goal was his 100th career point.
  • Before tonight's goal, Mike Ribeiro had not scored since November 14th versus Winnipeg, seven games ago.
  • Ribeiro, Forsberg, and Weber combined for eight points tonight.
  • The third period was penalty free after just two minor penalties apiece in the first couple of periods.

Looking Ahead

The Coyotes move to Detroit to play the Red Wings on Thursday night. Puck drop is at 5:30 PM Arizona time.