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Coyotes score six times in opening period @NHL

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.

The Coyotes led 3-0 before the game at Bridgestone Arena was four minutes old. Martin Hanzal scored at 1:46; Radim Vrbata made it 2-0 at 3:42; and David Moss scored eight seconds later.

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.

Nashville finally got on the board at 9:03 when David Legwand beat Jason LaBarbera, and Rich Clune made it 6-2, 30 seconds later.

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.

The six goals tied the most scored in one period in the League this season; the San Jose Sharks scored six times in the first period at the Edmonton Oilers on Jan. 22.

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