After scoring eight goals during a seven-game losing streak, the Phoenix Coyotes found the back of the net six times in the first period of their game against the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.
That brought about a goaltending change for Nashville, with Chris Mason replacing Pekka Rinne. It didn't help -- Matthew Lombardi scored at 7:08, and Keith Yandle connected for a power-play goal at 8:26.
Vrbata scored his second of the night at 15:57, only to see Gabriel Bourque tip a shot past LaBarbera 32 seconds later to cut the margin to 6-3.
The Coyotes scored six times on 13 shots in the opening period; the Predators had three goals on 17 shots.