FINAL OT
NJD
3
TOR
2
FINAL
TBL
1
NYI
5
FINAL SO
CBJ
3
MTL
2
FINAL
DET
2
STL
3
FINAL
PHX
3
NSH
2
FINAL
BOS
1
WPG
2
FINAL
CAR
6
CGY
7
FINAL
COL
0
VAN
6
FINAL
LAK
2
ANA
3
FINAL
MIN
2
SJS
1
PHX
42-27-13
NSH
48-26-8

35 SOG
32 SOG

LaBarbera solid in Coyotes' win over Preds

NHL.com | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

There must be something in the (frozen) water at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena – just ask Phoenix Coyotes goalie Jason LaBarbera.

LaBarbera has two wins in five starts in 2011-12, and both have come on the Predators' home ice.

LaBarbera made 30 saves, Keith Yandle scored the game-winner with 1:52 to play in regulation and Phoenix beat Nashville 3-2 Tuesday for its second win in as many nights.

"The last time I won was in this building in my first start, and that was a long time ago," said LaBarbera, who led the Coyotes to a 5-2 win on Oct. 13. "It's not easy. I felt like I've played pretty decently this year, but I just haven't gotten the results. … I'm pretty excited."

Phoenix (15-9-3), which also got goals from Ray Whitney and Taylor Pyatt, improved to 2-0 on its current three-game trip. The Coyotes, who won 4-3 in a shootout at Chicago on Monday, visit Detroit on Thursday.

Shea Weber and Jack Hillen scored for Nashville (12-11-4), which fell to 2-6-1 over its last nine. Despite 32 saves from Pekka Rinne – including some spectacular stops to keep it close – Nashville lost its fourth in a row at home (0-3-1).

"Right now we seem to be better road warriors than we are at home," Preds coach Barry Trotz said. "We've just got to get some wins at home. … We've got to get some wins."

Yandle scored his second goal in as many games – just his fourth of the season – in his 200th consecutive start for the Coyotes.

"It's a thing where you want to play every night, and you want to be out there battling with you team," Yandle said. "You want to be out there winning games. It feels good."

Yandle bagged the winner during a 4-on-4 with just under two minutes to play. Captain Shane Doan skated down the right side and flicked a cross-ice pass to Yandle, who was skating through the slot. In one motion, Yandle corralled and flicked a wrister past Rinne's near post.

Nashville had tied the game for the second time on Weber's long blast with 7:07 to go in the third period. With Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Derek Morris both off for minors, Weber had plenty of space to wind up and fire a one-timer from beyond the left circle off a lay-off from Ryan Suter.

Phoenix took a 2-1 lead when Radim Vrbata found Whitney all alone in the low slot at 1:40 of the final period. A broken play allowed Whitney to sneak in front of net, where he finished coolly past an exposed Rinne for his 10th of the season.

That goal came just after LaBarbera robbed David Legwand from close range – one of his 12 third-period saves.

"Barbs is the reason why we won that game. He was outstanding all night, he made huge saves, especially the one where he made coming across," Yandle said of the Legwand save.

On the other side of a quiet second period, the teams traded opening goals in the first.

Pyatt gave Phoenix the lead off the game's opening faceoff. Lauri Korpikoski's shot from the back edge of the right circle wiggled past Rinne, and Pyatt was on the doorstep to put the puck in the net with just 9 seconds elapsed.  
 
Hillen brought his team even for the first time just before the first intermission. Hillen picked up a loose puck near the blue line and skated into the left circle, firing a puck high to LaBarbera's near post. LaBarbera appeared to smother it, but on second glance it popped up and past him for Hillen's second goal of the season.

Not much was expected from the Coyotes, especially after starting goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov opted not to re-sign and wound up in Philadelphia. But Phoenix continues to find ways to win, especially on the road.

"We have a good group in there," coach Dave Tippett said of his team, which could be heard celebrating from the bowels of Bridgestone Arena after the game. "They love to work hard and they like to have fun. Winning is what it's all about for us, and sometimes it's not pretty, but our group gets in there and they dig down and find a way. That's kind of been our motto all year."
1st2nd3rdT
PHX
NSH
Scoring Summary
1st Period
00:09PHX Taylor Pyatt (4) Snap shot - ASST: Lauri Korpikoski (6), Boyd Gordon (8) 1 - 0 PHX
19:48NSH Jack Hillen (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Craig Smith (14), Martin Erat (9) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
01:40PHX Ray Whitney (10) Snap shot - ASST: Radim Vrbata (11), Martin Hanzal (11) 2 - 1 PHX
12:53NSH PPG - Shea Weber (6) Slapshot - ASST: Ryan Suter (13), Patric Hornqvist (5) 2 - 2 Tie
18:15PHX Keith Yandle (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Shane Doan (10), David Schlemko (8) 3 - 2 PHX
Three Stars of the Game
Keith Yandle
1st
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 24:16
Ray Whitney
2nd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:23
Shea Weber
3rd
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 5
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 28:21
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:36PHX Derek Morris  Slashing against  Jerred Smithson
2nd Period
06:58NSH David Legwand  Hooking against  Boyd Gordon
3rd Period
11:16PHX Oliver Ekman-Larsson  Holding against  Jerred Smithson
11:22PHX Derek Morris  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
16:41NSH Sergei Kostitsyn  Slashing against  Jason LaBarbera
16:41PHX Adrian Aucoin  Roughing against  Sergei Kostitsyn
shots by period
PeriodPHXNSH
1st713
2nd115
3rd1714
Total3532
Team Stats
CategoryPHXNSH
Power Plays0/11/3
Hits1411
Faceoff Wins3638
Giveaways99
Takeaways55
Blocked Shots116
Penalty Minutes84
  • PHOENIX
  • NASHVILLE
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
3K. YandleD1002024:16
6D. SchlemkoD0112023:18
11M. HanzalC0112017:56
13R. WhitneyL1013017:23
14T. PyattL1003011:29
15B. GordonC0102015:07
17R. VrbataR0114017:30
19S. DoanR0114018:30
20C. SummersD0011012:27
22D. LangkowC0011017:21
23Ekman-LarssonD0011222:19
24K. ChipchuraC000008:20
28L. KorpikoskiL0103013:15
33A. AucoinD0011221:42
37R. TorresL0004016:59
53D. MorrisD0002414:26
89M. BoedkerL000009:34
91K. TurrisC0000010:31
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
1J. LaBarbera3032.93860:00
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
6S. WeberD10-15028:21
7J. BlumD0001014:11
8K. KleinD00-11018:01
10M. EratR0110020:43
11D. LegwandC00-26218:05
12M. FisherC0012021:54
13N. SpalingC00-10010:27
15C. SmithC0112020:50
17C. MuellerC00-11010:14
20R. SuterD01-11027:08
24M. HalischukR00-10010:17
25J. SmithsonC0001010:44
27P. HornqvistR01-12015:57
28K. WilsonC000109:32
33C. WilsonC00-11016:49
38J. HillenD1003018:19
59R. JosiD00-12014:00
74S. KostitsynL00-13211:15
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
35P. Rinne3235.91459:13