Michalek's OT Goal Sends Preds to OT Loss at Phoenix

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Zbynek Michalek scored with 29 seconds left in overtime on a 40-foot slap shot to give the Phoenix Coyotes a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.

Radim Vrbata scored three goals and assisted on the winner for Coyotes, who improved to 18-0-0 when they score four goals or more. Michalek's goal was the second of the season for the defenseman.

Vrbata converted Steven Reinprecht's pass into his 19th goal of the season at 14:45 of the first period to make it 1-0.

Nashville tied the game and equaled a team record, when Alexander Radulov scored off a slap shot from the left face-off circle 7 seconds into the second period. The goal tied a team record for the fastest goal at the start of the second period.

Vrbata picked up his second of the game 51 seconds later. Vrbata's shot from deep in the left face-off circle hit of the stick of Nashville's Martin Erat, deflected high in the air and fell in behind goalie Chris Mason.

The Predators took the lead with two goals within 1:46 in the second period.

Rich Peverley tied the game at 13:32 when the Coyotes failed to clear a loose puck in the slot. Jamming down the middle, Peverley redirected the puck past Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.

Erat gave Nashville the lead after his centering pass from behind the Phoenix net deflected off Bryzgolov's skate and into the net at 15:18.

Vrbata tied it with his 21st of the season, jamming in a centering pass from Reinprecht in at 17:25. It was Vrbata's third career hat trick. His last one came in 2003 when he was Colorado.

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