Mike Smith made 39 saves for the second consecutive game. The Coyotes were outshot 42-24.
"It's important to start off a series with a big win," Smith said. "More importantly, to win at home, so obviously it's a big, big win for our team and we need to keep pushing forward and keep improving every game."
The Coyotes led three times during regulation with goals from Radim Vrbata, Rostislav Klesla, and Mikkel Boedker. The Predators clawed back each time, including the game-tying goal with less than five minutes remaining.
Despite surrendering a third period lead - something the Coyotes had done on four occasions in their previous series against Chicago -- Phoenix survived for yet another win. The team was 33-1 during the regular season when leading after two periods.
"We're fortunate to get the first one under our belt," said head coach Dave Tippett. "But if we expect to have a chance to win this series, we're going to have to be far better than that."
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