Once again the Phoenix Coyotes were slow coming out the gates and found themselves down 3-0 after the first period against the visiting Nashville Predators on Thursday night. But when it was all said and done the Coyotes rallied and won the contest in an overtime shootout. The 5-4 win improved the Coyotes to 9-3-2 this season.
“Szwarz kind of got the one bad goal back for us,” Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett said. “So we just said ,'Hey let's throw some pucks at the net and see what happens.' We were able to get ourselves back in the game and we'll take the points.”
After the poor start the second period belonged to Phoenix. Less than three-minutes into the second period Coyotes forward Jordan Szwarz scored his first career NHL goal.
At 9:51 in the second period the Coyotes cut into the Predators lead. Phoenix defensman Derek Morris scored his fourth goal of the season. Morris was assisted by Keith Yandle and David Moss. With the assist Yandle extended his consecutive point streak to five straight games. After two Nashville held a 3-2 lead.
Nashville pushed their lead to 4-2 after Paul Gaustad scored at the 4:15 mark of the third period. From that point on the Predators were shutout and the Coyotes rallied.
Two minutes later the Coyotes' captain Shane Doan scored a power play goal. It was Doan's fourth goal of the season and he was assisted by Yandle and Mike Ribeiro.
The Coyotes tied up the score with less than 12-minutes left in the third period after Antoine Vermette scored his fourth goal of the season.
The ensuing overtime period was a stalemate. The war of attrition continued in the shootout as neither time could put a puck in the net after four rounds. In the fifth round the Coyotes Mikkel Boedker scored and the comeback was complete.
Phoenix has won their last three games and take will their show on the road to San Jose On Saturday, November they are matched up against the Sharks and the puck is scheduled to drop at 7:30 p.m. (PT)