Predators Come Back to Bite Coyotes in Overtime

The Arizona Coyotes lost a 2-0 third period lead to the Nashville Predators Thursday night, giving up two goals to tie the game and then losing 72 seconds into overtime on a goal by Roman Josi. The heartbreaker on the road knocks the Coyotes record down to 35-38-8.

Center Antoine Vermette opened the scoring for Arizona in the first period, angling a shot by defenseman Zbynek Michalek past Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne.

Veteran Shane Doan made it 2-0 in the second period with a slap shot on a cross-ice pass from center Brad Richardson. That’s his 28th goal this season, which leads the team.

Seven minutes into the third period, Arizona goalie Mike Smith was holding on to a shutout with some strong saves when Connor Murphy went to the penalty box for elbowing. Nashville defenseman Shea Weber scored only 13 seconds into the power play.

Arizona was under 19 seconds from victory when Nashville star center Filip Forsberg scored his 33rd goal of the season, tying a team record.

“We took a bad penalty in the third period with a 2-0 lead, gave up the first one and couldn’t get it killed the last minute,” Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said.

The Coyotes’ season comes to an end on Saturday night in an 8:30 p.m. MST road game against the San Jose Sharks.