Ellis scores shootout winner to lead Nashville to 4-3 win over Arizona
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Ryan Ellis scored the decisive goal in the shootout to give the Nashville Predators a 4-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night.
Mike Ribeiro, Ellis, and James Neal scored in regulation for Nashville, winners of two of three.
Rob Klinkhammer, Keith Yandle, and Martin Erat scored for Arizona. The Coyotes have lost two straight.
Klinkhammer scored the game's first goal at 3:21 of the opening period.
David Moss carried the puck into the Nashville zone on the right side before sending a pass to an unchecked Klinkhammer who was skating through the slot and had an easy tap-in for his second of the season.
Ribeiro tied the game at 12:05 of the first at the tail end of a rare 4-on-1 rush off of an assist from Ellis.
In the offseason, the Coyotes bought out the remaining three years of the four-year, $22 million deal he signed prior to the start of last season. He then signed a one-year contract with the Predators for just over $1 million.
Ellis gave Nashville its first lead of the game at 5:12 of the middle frame.
Just three seconds after a penalty to Arizona's Brandon McMillan expired, Ellis beat Coyotes goaltender Devan Dubnyk to the short side with a wrist shot from the top of the right circle.
Dubnyk had a brief stint in Nashville last season after the Predators acquired him in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers. With Nashville, Dubnyk had a record of 0-1-1, allowing nine goals against in the two games played. Nashville later traded him to the Montreal Canadiens.
Yandle tied the game at 2 at 11:18 of the second.
Just three seconds after Nashville's Calle Jarnkrok was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct, Yandle collected Antoine Vermette's faceoff win and beat Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne with a wrist shot high to the glove side.
Erat and Neal traded goals at 7:42 and 8:03 of the third respectively.
Erat, a longtime Predator, sits second in Nashville franchise history in games played and goals scored.
Notes: Klinkhammer's goal was the first time Arizona scored first in a game this season. ... Yandle played his 500th career NHL game. ... Arizona played its first road game of the season. ... Ribeiro has points in four consecutive games.