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Kyle Turris scores twice to lift Coyotes past Predators 2-1

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GLENDALE, Ariz. - Kyle Turris recorded his first two-goal game, including the go-ahead score with 9:58 left, and the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Nashville Predators 2-1 Thursday night.

Ilya Bryzgalov made 30 saves for the Coyotes, who snapped a two-game losing streak and leapfrogged Nashville and idle Minnesota into seventh place in the Western Conference.

Vernon Fiddler scored the lone goal for the Predators, who lost for the fourth time in five games.

Turris was credited with the go-ahead goal, but Enver Lisin did most of the work.

Lisin took a pass from Zbynek Michalek just inside the Predators zone and sprinted past the defence before firing a hard wrist shot at Dan Ellis. The rebound bounced to Lisin at the right side of the net, where he fired a second time. Ellis again couldn't control the rebound, losing the puck just in front of his pads, and Turris forced the puck through for the goal.

It was Turris' second two-point game in the NHL and first since he had a goal and an assist in the Coyotes' second game of the season on Oct. 12 at Anaheim.

Turris had put Phoenix ahead 1-0 on a breakaway with 9.7 seconds left in the first period after Ed Jovanovski chipped the puck off a Nashville stick and just outside the Coyotes zone. Turris gained control, skated in alone on Ellis and waited until the goalie was flat on the ice before tucking the puck just inside the right post.

Fiddler tied it at 9:57 of the second on a rebound from the right side of the crease off a shot by Rich Peverley.

Notes: Phoenix LW Joakim Lindstrom missed an empty-net chance off the left post with six seconds to go. ... The Coyotes have earned points in a season-high five straight games, including a pair of overtime losses. ... Bryzgalov, whose starting job seemed in jeopardy a month ago after a couple of shaky outings, made his seventh consecutive start. ... These teams won't meet again until Feb. 3 at Nashville. ... The Predators are 6-3 against the Pacific Division.

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