Predators fall as Phoenix power play surges in third period

Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 12:30am
Staff reports

The Nashville Predators allowed a pair of power play goals 1:15 apart in the third period Thursday and lost 4-3 to the Phoenix Coyotes at Arena.

Phoenix had just three power play goals in its first 10 games but got the game-winner when defenseman Ed Jovanovski completed a hat trick with his third goal of the night 38 seconds after defenseman Cody Franson was sent off for holding a stick.

Lee Stempniak tied it 3-3 at 4:23 of the final period. That was with 33 seconds remaining on a delay of game penalty against Nick Spaling.

It was the fourth straight game Nashville allowed two third-period goals. The last three were defeats.

The Predators (5-3-3) committed just one penalty through the first two periods and led 3-2 on Patric Hornqvist’s power play goal at 12:44 of the second. It was Hornqvist’s fourth goal of the season, which tied him with Steve Sullivan for the team lead.

Nashville, which had a 31-28 advantage in shots, led for the first time when defenseman Francis Bouillon and forward Sergei Kostitsyn scored 30 seconds apart just before the halfway point of the opening period.

Jovanovski started the scoring with his first of the season 1:08 into the contest and got his second at 1:09 of the second. Both of those goals were at even strength.

The Predators continue their current run of five straight road games Saturday at Los Angeles (9 p.m.).