The Coyotes took the ice with a one-goal lead to start the third period on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The logical assumption, based on their 10-0-0 record when leading after 40 minutes this season, was that they’d likely stretch their winning streak to four games.
It didn’t happen.
Nashville scored four goals in the final 20 minutes to win 5-2. It was a disappointing result for the Coyotes, even though they were outshot, 41-15, in the game.
“Going into the third we knew we were fortunate to be up by one, and that goes in big part to Smitty,” center Kyle Chipchura said. “We had belief we could hold on, but you can’t keep (getting outshot) every night. It’s eventually going to catch up with you.”
‘Smitty,’ of course, is Coyotes goalie Mike Smith, who made 36 saves.
Head Coach Dave Tippett didn’t like the sloppy way in which the Coyotes handled the puck.
“You can’t turn the puck over like that and expect to win games,” Tippett said “(Our) puck play was poor, to say the least. (Smith) kept us in it for a long time, but you can’t keep giving them Grade A chances off turnovers like that and expect to win.”
• Chipchura notched Arizona’s second goal at 17:09 of the second period. It was the 100th point of his NHL career.
• Rookie Max Domi assisted on Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s goal in the first period to extend his point streak to four games.
• Later in the first period, Domi appeared to score his ninth goal of the season but a video replay confirmed Predators goalie Pekka Rinne stopped the puck before it crossed the goal line entirely.
Here’s the official ruling from the NHL:
“At 13:06 of the first period in the Coyotes/Predators game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play from 11:57. Video review confirmed the call on the ice that the puck did not cross the Nashville goal line. No goal Coyotes.”
• Captain Shane Doan missed his fourth straight game because of a nagging lower-body injury. Tippett said Doan is close to returning to the lineup. Ditto for Steve Downie, who has missed 10 games because of an upper-body injury.
• Defenseman Zbynek Michalek, who missed Saturday’s game because of illness, returned to the lineup.