Ryan Ellis tallied a goal and an assist and the Nashville Predators defeated the Arizona Coyotes in a shootout, 3-2, on Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena. It's Nashville's fourth consecutive victory and gives them 60 points on the season, good enough to retake first place in the Central Division.
It looked as though the last-place team in the League might collect their second win of the season in as many tries over the Preds, but Ellis's late heroics, coupled with goals from Kyle Turris and Craig Smith in the shootout ensured the home team could collect two more points in the standings.
"I really thought it was a good team effort, a good group effort," Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "I thought our guys stuck with it, even when we got behind. They caught a break where they were able to slash through there and get in and were able to capitalize, but still we stuck with it. I have to give our guys a lot of credit."
"It was a good character win," Captain Roman Josi said. "We found a way, and that's all that matters."