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Coyotes win 1st of season, downing Nashville 5-2

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - David Schlemko, Ray Whitney and Lauri Korpikoski each scored in the first period, and the Phoenix Coyotes beat Nashville 5-2 Thursday night, ruining the Predators' big party for their home opener.

Shane Doan had an empty-netter and an assist, and Mikkel Boedker had a goal as the Coyotes capped their three-game road trip to open the season with their first victory.

Ryan Suter and Colin Wilson scored a goal apiece for Nashville.

But an emotional video montage in memory of Wade Belak, the former NHL enforcer found dead in Toronto in August, seemed to sap the Predators despite a sellout crowd eager to cheer a team coming off its first run to the Western Conference semifinals.

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