Coyotes 7, Predators 4

Bucky Dent, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

NASHVILLE -- Phoenix found the antidote for a season-high seven-game losing streak -- lots of goals.
Pumping a season-high six goals into the net during a crazy first period, the Coyotes won for the first time since March 12 with a 7-4 decision over Nashville in Bridgestone Arena.
Radim Vrbata scored twice for Phoenix (14-15-5), while Martin Hanzal, David Moss, Matthew Lombardi and Keith Yandle also tallied in a 14-minute, 11-second span of the first period. Antoine Vermette added a second period goal as the Coyotes won for just the fourth time in 16 road matches.
David Legwand, Rich Clune and Gabriel Bourque each netted first period goals for the Predators (14-14-6), which had a three-game winning streak snapped in the finale of a four-game homestand.
Nashville entered the night two points behind San Jose for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, but couldn't quite match Phoenix in the NHL's highest-scoring first period of the year.
Hanzal, Vrbata and Moss beat Pekka Rinne in the opening 3:50, with Vrbata and Moss' goals coming eight seconds apart to drive Rinne to the bench. Backup Chris Mason fared no better, giving up goals to Lombardi at 7:08 and to Yandle on a power play at 8:26.
The Predators answered with goals from Legwand and Clune 30 seconds apart, but Vrbata beat Mason from a bad angle at 15:57 to make it 6-2. Bourque batted a rebound past Jason LaBarbera at 16:29 to cap the nine-goal period.
Rinne re-entered at the second period's beginning, but Vermette slammed a rebound by him at 2:44.
Shea Weber added a goal at 10:02 of the third period for Nashville, which tied a season high with 38 shots.
NOTES: A source told Thursday that Canadian financier George Gosbee has emerged as the point man for a group of investors who hope to purchase the Phoenix franchise for $170 million. The NHL has owned the Coyotes for nearly four years. Gosbee is said to be willing to work on a new agreement to keep the team at Arena in Glendale. ... Monday night's 3-2 win over Edmonton was the 517th for Nashville coach Barry Trotz, moving him past former Chicago coach Billy Reay for third in NHL history in most wins with one team. Al Arbour (Islanders) and Lindy Ruff (Buffalo) are 1 and 2 with 740 and 578, respectively. ... Phoenix's Steve Sullivan played the 1,000th game of his NHL career and got a start at left wing. The former Predator was cheered when announced as a starter. ... Yandle's goal marked the eighth straight game in which Nashville gave up a power play marker.

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