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Arizona Coyotes eke out shootout victory versus Nashville Predators

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Arizona pulled themselves together and rode a couple of familiar faces to victory.

NHL: Nashville Predators at Arizona Coyotes Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

On Tuesday against the San Jose Sharks, it was Louis Domingue and Anthony Duclair who helped carry the Arizona Coyotes to victory.

Last night against the Nashville Predators, it was...Louis Domingue and Anthony Duclair.

The Coyotes defeated the Predators 3-2 in the shootout at Gila River Arena for their second consecutive win, and third in four games.

Scoring Summary

First Period

1-0 Arizona - Thanks to Martin Hanzal’s injury against San Jose, Christian Dvorak’s time down in Tucson was extremely brief. He demonstrated that he has no intention of going back, as he skated around two Nashville defenders and beat a faked out a sprawling Pekka Rinne for his first career NHL goal. Boy, was it a beauty.

Assists to Ryan White and Alex Goligoski on the goal at 9:17.

1-1 Tie - Nashville came out of the gate hungry, and really put the Coyotes on their heels before and after the Dvorak goal. Although Arizona did kill off consecutive penalties (including 11 seconds of 5 on 3 time), the Predators would score on a deflection in front of Louis Domingue. Matt Irwin’s point shot appeared to deflect off of Alex Goligoski’s stick in into the net. Assists to Yannick Weber and Mike Ribeiro on the goal at 17:55.

Second Period

2-1 Nashville - A bad penalty from the Coyotes cost them dearly late in the second. Jamie McGinn hit Matt Irwin with a high elbow, and on the ensuing power play, PK Subban did what PK Subban does, and drew the attention of three Coyotes’ defenders to give Craig Smith a wide-open look at the net. He didn’t miss. Assists to Subban and Mattias Ekholm on the power play goal at 16:35.

Third Period

2-2 Tie - Anthony Duclair had gone the entire season without scoring. He ended that goalless drought in a big way. We will let Max Domi’s stick do the talking.

Assist to Domi on the goal at 5:48.

Overtime

Nashville put on a puck possession clinic in overtime, with six shots to Arizona’s zero. Nashville also drew a power play for the final 1:39 of overtime, but were unable to score, thanks to saves like this.

Shootout

Anthony Duclair would tally the eventual shootout winner on a gorgeous move against Pekka Rinne.

Radim Vrbata would add a shootout goal of his own, but no gif is necessary for that one since every Coyotes fan knows what that one looked like, even if they weren’t watching.

Three Answers

1. Will The King return to form? - Domingue was excellent for the second consecutive game, as he stopped 35 of 37 shots, as well as both of Nashville’s shootout attempts.

2. Will Duclair ever score again? - Yes, in a big way. He broke his goalless drought in the third and tallied the game winner in the shootout.

3. Why is Ryan White? - White had the primary assist on Dvorak’s goal, making a great pass around Colin Wilson’s stick to find Dvorak in stride and in space. He was also the only player on the Coyotes to play fewer than 10 minutes. So long as he can complement his fighting with productive offense, he should not be fine.

Players of the Game

Nashville - PK Subban - Subban is one of the elite defenders in the league, and he showed why on Nashville’s power play goal. The fact that he on Nashville’s second power play unit is a testament to how deep their defense is.

Arizona - Anthony Domingue - It was impossible to pick which Coyote to give player of the game honors to, so why not both?

Paw Prints

  • For more on the Nashville Predators, check out On the Forecheck.
  • Martin Hanzal missed tonight’s game, while Tobias Rieder was ruled out after taking warmups.
  • Rieder missed his first game since making his debut in 2014, according to Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic.
  • Arizona’s seven penalties proved costly; Connor Murphy took an interference minor immediately after Nashville tied the game in the first period, while Jamie McGinn’s minor penalty put the Coyotes down a goal heading into the third.
  • With the win, Arizona moved into 29th place in the league, ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes.

A Brief Note from the Managing Editor

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Looking Ahead

Arizona is at it again Friday night, when they take on the Anaheim Ducks in Southern California. Puck drop is at 7 PM Arizona time.