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Video: Coyotes battle back to beat Predators

Nov 1, 2013, 1:07 AM EDT

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The Nashville Predators had their chances to completely put away the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday. Problem was, they just couldn’t.

The result: The Coyotes pulled off a comeback 5-4 shootout win over the visiting Predators. Mikkel Boedker scored the only goal in the five-round shootout.

The Predators had jumped out to a 3-0 lead by the end of the first period, and regained a two-goal advantage early in the third, but couldn’t hang on.

Shane Doan and Antoine Vermette scored just over two minutes apart in the third period to get the Coyotes back on even terms. Vermette’s goal, which came off a breakaway, was initially waved off.

Vermette was sent in all alone but was tripped, and went crashing into Predators’ goalie Carter Hutton. The puck slid through Hutton’s legs and crossed the goal line, just before Vermette’s momentum knocked Hutton into the net, dislodging it.

Upon further review, the call on the ice was overturned and the goal stood.

Nashville forward Matt Hendricks, who opened the scoring, left the game after taking a heavy hit by Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris and did not return.

  1. iplaygoalie - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    Between Phoenix and Tampa, I’m not quite sure who is the most under the radar. I do feel like Phoenix is a true dark horse cup winning team. Great defensively, solid in net, getting the goals and playing with a ton of heart and fire.

    Ribiero is playing fantastic and I thought he would tank in Phoenix in production. He’s been incredible for them so far even on nights he isn’t on the score sheet. They are a fun team to watch.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Nov 1, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      Tampa while significantly improved due to improved goalie play has also been aided by the terrible play of Hawks backup, Nikolai Khabibulin. Had a .818 save% against the Bolts in 2 games.

    • coyotes89 - Nov 1, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      The only major problem Phoenix is having is they can’t play a first period. They are kind of defying the theory that the first to score generally wins the game. Their 2nd and 3rd period goal differentials are the opposite of 1st periods. Which is funny cause that’s the exact opposite problem they had last year.

  2. savior72 - Nov 1, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    More like a dark horse making the playoffs team.

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