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Coyotes defeat Predators in shootout

Louis Domingue stops both attempts by Nashville

by Jerry Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Anthony Duclair tied the game in the third period with his first goal of the season and scored again in the shootout to give the Arizona Coyotes a 3-2 win against the Nashville Predators at Gila River Arena on Thursday.

"It was bound to happen, the main thing for me was not to get frustrated," Duclair said. "I'm playing with some pretty good linemates so the chances are going to come. We switched up the line, threw something different at them, and it worked out in the end."

 

WATCH: All Predators vs. Coyotes highlights

 

Louis Domingue made 17 of his 35 saves in the first period and six more in overtime when the Predators dominated possession but couldn't score. The Coyotes (4-6-0) won back-to-back games for the first time this season.

Radim Vrbata followed Duclair with his 42nd career shootout goal, tying Frans Nielsen of the Detroit Red Wings for the most in NHL history. Vrbata used a backhand to the roof of the net to beat Pekka Rinne.

Domingue made a glove save on Filip Forsberg and smothered a Ryan Johansen chance in the shootout, which took two rounds.

Duclair's goal came after Coyotes coach Dave Tippett put him on a line with Max Domi and rookie center Christian Dvorak, who scored his first NHL goal in the first period.

Video: NSH@ARI: Duclair nets backhand with quick moves in SO

Matt Irwin and Craig Smith scored for the Predators (3-5-2), who had seven power plays, including one in overtime.

"We played a great first period and then we just dropped and they got back in the game," said Forsberg, who had 33 goals last season but is scoreless after 10 games. "We have to get 60-minute efforts from everyone. That's the biggest lesson right now."

Rinne had 26 saves on his 34th birthday. The Predators finished their five-game road trip at 1-2-2.

"We let a game get away," Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. "We didn't play well enough in the second part of the game and gave up too many shots and chances."

Video: NSH@ARI: Irwin's wrist shot goes in off deflection

The Coyotes won without forwards Martin Hanzal and Tobias Rieder, who have lower-body injuries. The Predators were without forward Mike Fisher, who has an upper-body injury.

Nashville had 18 shots and three power plays in the first period, but the Coyotes scored the first goal.

Dvorak took a Ryan White pass in the Nashville zone, maneuvered around a sprawling Rinne and put the puck over his pad on the backhand at 9:17.

The Predators scored at 17:55 when Irwin's shot from the point deflected off the stick of Arizona's Alex Goligoski and past Domingue. It was Irwin's second goal in four games.

The Coyotes had five penalties in the first two periods, with the fifth, a boarding call on forward Jamie McGinn, costly when Smith scored his team-high fifth goal at 16:35 of the second.

Video: NSH@ARI: Domingue flashes the glove for shootout save

 

Goal of the game

Predators defenseman P.K. Subban carried the puck into the Arizona zone, made a pretty backhand saucer pass across the slot to Smith, who scored on a wrist shot over the blocker of Domingue for his third goal in the past two games.

Video: NSH@ARI: Smith buries PPG off Subban's setup

 

Save of the game

Predators defenseman Roman Josi sent a backhand pass to forward Calle Jarnkrok but Domingue went post-to-post to smother the shot.

Video: NSH@ARI: Domingue sprawls to rob Jarnkrok in OT

 

Unsung moment of the game

It's become almost automatic, but Vrbata's 42nd career shootout goal looked an awful lot like most of the first 41. But even though goalies should know the move is coming, Vrbata is 42-for-97 in his career, a 43.3 percent success rate.

 

Highlight of the game

Dvorak, who was recalled after a two-day stint with Tucson of the American Hockey League, became the third Coyote to score his first NHL goal this season and the second in the past two games. Jakob Chychrun scored on Oct. 20 against the Ottawa Senators and Lawson Crouse scored against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.

Video: NSH@ARI: Dvorak dances in to net first career goal

 

They said it

"Lots of other right-hand shooters did it in the Czech (Republic), like Robert Lang. You just know it works if you do it right even though most of the goalies know what you're doing. You just have to be patient and wait for the first move of the goalie." -- Coyotes forward Radim Vrbata on his shootout success rate using the same move

 

"Four on three, we obviously should score a goal there. (Domingue) played good in net, but at the same time there are no but's or if's. We just got to score a goal there." -- Predators forward Filip Forsberg on his team failing to score on six overtime shots, three on a power play

 

Video: NSH@ARI: Rinne denies White with pad stop

 

Need to know

Vrbata's scoring percentage in shootouts ranks 12th all-time among NHL players with at least 40 attempts.

 

What's next

Predators: Home against the Calgary Flames on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; FS-TN, FS, CN, NHL.TV)

Coyotes: At the Anaheim Ducks on Friday (10 p.m. ET; FS-W, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Domingue, Duclair lead Coyotes to 3-2 win

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