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NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Phoenix

Nov 4, 2010 - 5:28 AM
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Ed Jovanovski notched the first hat trick of his career, with the third goal being the game winner, to help the Phoenix Coyotes take a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators.

Lee Stempniak registered the other goal while Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 28 shots for the Coyotes, who had lost four of their previous five games.

"So far we're scratching and clawing looking for points," said Phoenix head coach Dave Tippett. "Tonight we had close to what we hope our lineup will look like. So to get some rhythm in our game is very important for us."

Patric Hornqvist, Francis Bouillon and Sergei Kostitsyn each had a goal for the Predators, who have lost their past three games. Pekka Rinne was tagged with all four goals on 28 shots in the loss.

"We take a penalty and they tie it up then get another power-play goal and take the lead," said Nashville head coach Barry Trotz. "It was a tough night, especially for the special teams."

Trailing by a goal to start the third, the Coyotes scored twice on the man advantage separated by 1:15 to take the lead.

The first goal came with Nick Spaling in the box. Stempniak fired a wrist shot from the right circle over the left shoulder of Pinne at the 4:23 mark.

Jovanovski then gave his team a 4-3 lead by redirecting a Ray Whitney pass at the left circle past Rinne with Cody Franson in the box.

Moments later, Phoenix had to kill off a penalty to Vernon Fiddler and went on to hold off the Predators for the win.

Jovanovski opened the scoring in the game with his first goal of the season at the 1:08 mark while Bouillon tied the game 8:58 into the first period.

Kostitsyn scored his second goal of the year 30 seconds later to give the Predators a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.

Phoenix tied the game 1:09 into the second. Off a left circle faceoff win, Jovanovski used a slap shot from a sharp angle at the left side to beat Rinne.

Nashville, though, got a power-play goal from Hornqvist at the 12:44 mark of the second for a 3-2 advantage.