Predators edge Coyotes, just keep winning
by Jackson Walsh
The numbers speak for themselves. Pekka with his 10th straight, 13 consecutive games scoring a point, and 12-0-1 in those 13. The Nashville Predators continue to be red hot after finally getting the best of the Arizona Coyotes on the road, 3-2 at Gila River Arena.
A lot has been said about the Coyotes’ tough play as of late, despite being the worst team in the league in terms of overall record. The Predators had, before tonight, lost 4 straight to the Coyotes in the desert, but have taken the rubber match of the season series in a game they had to fight for.
The game began with Kyle Turris coming in for a goal, but he was ruled offsides on a coach’s challenge and the goal was waved off. Something like that always puts a damper on your momentum, as the Yotes would outplay Nashville for a little while. Instead, it would be Christopher Dvorak to open the scoring for Arizona by elevating the puck out of Rinne’s peripheral vision. 1-0 Yotes.
It would not be long however for the Preds to get legally on the scoreboard as Ryan Ellis swooped in off a feed from Craig Smith and buried it past Darcy Keumper. 1-1.
The second period wouldn’t end without the Coyotes staying in it, with who else but Oliver Ekman-Larsson scoring as a man advantage for Arizona expired. It didn’t count as a power play goal, but Yotes are back in front 2-1.
Thankfully, the Predators would own the third period starting just 22 seconds in off a backdoor feed from Fiala to Turris as he buries a goal that this time would not be cancelled out. We’re all tied up 2-2.
The game winner you almost had to blink to see it was executed so quickly. It was a seriously stealthy wrist shot off the faceoff by Kevin Fiala, a quick hard shot past Kuemper. Once again, Fiala and Turris working in tandem on getting the goal and the assist, Preds take their first lead of the contest 3-2 and ride it to the buzzer.
This team just continues to find ways to win. Your move, Juuse. Colorado on the back-to-back is next.
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