NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Phoenix Coyotes are becoming very accustomed to
pulling out ties on the road.
Shane Doan scored the tying goal in the third period and had two assists as
the Coyotes salvaged a 3-3 draw with the Nashville Predators on Monday night
for their third straight tie on the road and fourth in five games.
"We've played some good teams," Phoenix center Chris Gratton said. "St.
Louis at home -- they've been hot, and this team here is no slouch either.
They're all going to be hard-fought games."
Doan, who has 10 points in seven games, made it 3-3 with his 14th of the
season at 8:40 of the third off assists by Cale Hulse and Daymond Langkow.
Doan appreciated the point, which keeps Phoenix three points behind
eighth-place Nashville in the Western Conference. But he wasn't happy the
Coyotes converted only two of eight power plays and none of their final four.
"When you have as many opportunities late in the game on the power play and
you don't score, it's a little disappointing," he said.
The tie spoiled Scott Walker's three-goal performance, the second hat trick
of his career. Five teammates earned assists on his goals. Nashville outshot
Phoenix 29-27 but went 0-for-7 on power plays.
"There was no room in there, and it made the game look scrambly and choppy
and both teams were checking and there was no time or space to make pretty
plays," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "And when you did, it was probably
Ladislav Nagy and Jan Hrdina each scored power-play goals with Hrdina also
getting an assist along with David Tanabe. But Phoenix extended its winless
skid to five when the Coyotes couldn't convert despite two power-play chances
Phoenix's Brian Boucher stopped 26 shots, including two on breakaways by
Greg Johnson in the extra period. The Coyotes haven't won since beating Dallas
2-1 on Dec. 10.
"It would've been nice to get the two," Phoenix coach Bob Francis said.
Nashville had trouble mounting any offense in overtime, especially when
penalized for having too many men on the ice with 40 seconds left.
Walker's second goal was easily the strangest of the game.
He took a pass in front of the goal and skated to his left before putting a
wrister past a diving Boucher, who swatted it away with his glove just after it
crossed the line.
The light went on, but an official immediately waved the goal off and play
continued. But the play was reviewed nearly two minutes later after Branko
Radivojevic was called for hooking. The earlier play was ruled a goal, putting
Nashville up 2-1 with the clock reset to 5:33 of the second.
Andy Van Hellemond, the NHL director of officiating, was at the game, and he
said the situation was covered in the rule book and that the official was
"He said the stick was between him and the puck, so he's obviously not able
to see ... it was over the line," Van Hellemond said.
Hrdina tied it at 2 with his power-play goal by catching Nashville goalie
Tomas Vokoun almost on his back in the net. Hrdina poked the puck in at 18:17
of the second. Walker answered 62 seconds later for a 3-2 lead with his third
goal when he put back the rebound of a missed shot by Jeremy Stevenson.