Nashville Predators' Patric Hornqvist (27), of Sweden, celebrates his power-play goal with Shea Weber as Phoenix Coyotes' David Schlemko (6) kneels on the ice in the second period during Game 2 in an NHLStanley Cup Western Conference semifinal. (AP)
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Shane Doan, Radim Vrbata, Antoine Vermette, and Martin Hanzal each had a goal and an assist, and the Phoenix Coyotes avoided their usual overtime theatrics, beating the Nashville Predators 5-3 on Sunday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinal series.
Taylor Pyatt also scored for the Coyotes. Ryan Suter (SOO'-ter), Patric Hornqvist and Andrei Kostitsyn scored for the Predators.
Phoenix scored three times on 19 second-period shots. The Coyotes built a two-goal lead early in the second period. Nashville twice cut it to one only to see Phoenix quickly respond.
The Coyotes did not go into overtime for only the second time in eight playoff games.
The best-of-seven series shifts to Nashville for Game 3 on Wednesday night.
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