NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Adrian Aucoin lifted a wrister over the glove of Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne in the 10th round of the shootout, and the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Predators 1-0 Tuesday night for their fifth straight win.
Lauri Korpikoski scored in the second round for Phoenix with a wrister over Rinne's stick, but David Legwand tied it as Nashville's third shooter. The Predators had a chance to keep the tiebreaker going after Aucoin scored, but Shea Weber's shot went wide left.
The Coyotes, who have won eight of 10, matched their best winning streak of the season. They are 6-4 in shootouts.
Phoenix came in fourth in the Western Conference with this the second stop in a four-game road trip. Ilya Bryzgalov helped the Coyotes pull out this victory in a game where neither team could score through regulation and had only one power play each.
The clubs combined for five shots in overtime.
Bryzgalov, a Russian Olympian, stopped 22 shots in the third period Sunday of a 4-2 win at Dallas for his career-best 29th victory. He is the first Coyotes goalie with 30 wins in a season since Curtis Joseph had 32 in the 2005-06 season.
He stopped 11 Predators shots in the third, including Martin Erat's drive from the right circle just past the 14-minute mark. That came just after J.P. Dumont couldn't get off a shot during a rush a minute earlier. Bryzgalov stopped three shots in overtime and shined in the shootout.
Bryzgalov challenged the shooters, coming out and using his stick to break up shots from Erat, and Steve Sullivan. Legwand found the net by beating Bryzgalov between the pads for Nashville's only goal.
Phoenix leads the season series 2-0, including a 4-2 home win on Jan. 21.
Rinne was starting his second straight game after the Predators snapped a five-game skid Saturday night to start a four-game homestand that is Nashville's last before the Olympic break. He smothered a shot from Aucoin from near the blue line less than 2 minutes into overtime and was matching Bryzgalov shot for shot until Aucoin beat him to end the game.
NOTES: Predators D Cody Franson sustained an upper body injury in the first period and didn't return. Team officials said his condition will be updated Wednesday. ... Nashville C Marcel Goc returned after missing three games because of an injury. ... Phoenix C Peter Mueller played in his 200th NHL game. ... Nashville is 4-2 in shootouts this season.