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Phoenix Coyotes 3, Nashville Predators 3 FINAL OT

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:56 AM

Associated Press

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Phoenix Coyotes 3, Nashville Predators 3 FINAL OT
Phoenix Coyotes 3, Nashville Predators 3

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Phoenix Coyotes are becoming very accustomed to pulling out ties on the road.

Shane Doan scored the tying goal in the third period and had two assists as the Coyotes salvaged a 3-3 draw with the Nashville Predators on Monday night for their third straight tie on the road and fourth in five games.

"We've played some good teams," Phoenix center Chris Gratton said. "St. Louis at home -- they've been hot, and this team here is no slouch either. They're all going to be hard-fought games."

Doan, who has 10 points in seven games, made it 3-3 with his 14th of the season at 8:40 of the third off assists by Cale Hulse and Daymond Langkow.

Doan appreciated the point, which keeps Phoenix three points behind eighth-place Nashville in the Western Conference. But he wasn't happy the Coyotes converted only two of eight power plays and none of their final four.

"When you have as many opportunities late in the game on the power play and you don't score, it's a little disappointing," he said.

The tie spoiled Scott Walker's three-goal performance, the second hat trick of his career. Five teammates earned assists on his goals. Nashville outshot Phoenix 29-27 but went 0-for-7 on power plays.

"There was no room in there, and it made the game look scrambly and choppy and both teams were checking and there was no time or space to make pretty plays," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "And when you did, it was probably a turnover."

Ladislav Nagy and Jan Hrdina each scored power-play goals with Hrdina also getting an assist along with David Tanabe. But Phoenix extended its winless skid to five when the Coyotes couldn't convert despite two power-play chances in overtime.

Phoenix's Brian Boucher stopped 26 shots, including two on breakaways by Greg Johnson in the extra period. The Coyotes haven't won since beating Dallas 2-1 on Dec. 10.

"It would've been nice to get the two," Phoenix coach Bob Francis said.

Nashville had trouble mounting any offense in overtime, especially when penalized for having too many men on the ice with 40 seconds left.

Walker's second goal was easily the strangest of the game.

He took a pass in front of the goal and skated to his left before putting a wrister past a diving Boucher, who swatted it away with his glove just after it crossed the line.

The light went on, but an official immediately waved the goal off and play continued. But the play was reviewed nearly two minutes later after Branko Radivojevic was called for hooking. The earlier play was ruled a goal, putting Nashville up 2-1 with the clock reset to 5:33 of the second.

Andy Van Hellemond, the NHL director of officiating, was at the game, and he said the situation was covered in the rule book and that the official was obstructed.

"He said the stick was between him and the puck, so he's obviously not able to see ... it was over the line," Van Hellemond said.

Hrdina tied it at 2 with his power-play goal by catching Nashville goalie Tomas Vokoun almost on his back in the net. Hrdina poked the puck in at 18:17 of the second. Walker answered 62 seconds later for a 3-2 lead with his third goal when he put back the rebound of a missed shot by Jeremy Stevenson.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:54
PHX
PPG - Ladislav Nagy (16) Slapshot - ASST: Jan Hrdina (7), Shane Doan (20)
1 - 0 PHX
19:16
NSH
Scott Walker (9) Tip-in - ASST: Martin Erat (14), Kimmo Timonen (12)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
05:33
NSH
SHG - Scott Walker (10) Backhand shot - ASST: Rem Murray (7), Jason York (5)
2 - 1 NSH
18:17
PHX
PPG - Jan Hrdina (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Shane Doan (21), David Tanabe (6)
2 - 2 Tie
19:15
NSH
Scott Walker (11) Backhand shot - ASST: Jeremy Stevenson (2)
3 - 2 NSH
3rd Period
08:40
PHX
Shane Doan (14) Tip-in - ASST: Cale Hulse (9), Daymond Langkow (16)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
00:12
PHX
Brian Savage  Cross checking
06:23
NSH
Jordin Tootoo  Charging
07:54
NSH
Jordin Tootoo  Misconduct (10 min)
15:12
PHX
Jan Hrdina  Hooking - Obstruction
2nd Period
04:45
NSH
Mark Eaton  Holding the stick
05:33
PHX
Branko Radivojevic  Hooking
09:29
NSH
David Legwand  Hooking
12:37
PHX
Shane Doan  Hooking
18:11
NSH
Robert Schnabel  Hooking
19:15
NSH
Scott Walker  Roughing
19:15
PHX
Brian Savage  Cross checking
20:00
PHX
Ladislav Nagy  Roughing
20:00
NSH
Kimmo Timonen  Roughing
3rd Period
07:12
NSH
Jordin Tootoo  Fighting (maj)
07:12
PHX
Brad Ference  Fighting (maj)
08:51
PHX
Cale Hulse  Roughing
13:26
NSH
Jason York  Hooking
13:39
PHX
Jan Hrdina  Hooking
18:43
NSH
Martin Erat  Interference
19:26
PHX
Daymond Langkow  Interference
OT Period
01:15
NSH
Marek Zidlicky  Interference
03:20
NSH
Marek Zidlicky  Too many men/ice - bench
goalie stats
Brian Boucher
SA: 29TOI: 64:42
Saves: 26EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .897SH: 2 - 3
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 27TOI: 65:00
Saves: 24EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .889SH: 0 - 0