Coyotes win at Nashville to end Coyotes drought

It was a night that saw the Coyotes take a big step toward a first-round series sweep of the Predators, who fell in five games in the series with a 1-2-1 record.

The Coyotes defeated the Predators 5-4 on Tuesday to clinch the Central Division title and advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals for the second consecutive season.

They were just 2-for-11 on the power play.

The team scored six power-play goals, led by rookie defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson with two, and also had six power play opportunities.

Ekman of the Kings was the game’s leading scorer with six points (two goals, two assists) in his sixth straight game.

The Predators were 3-for, including a power-goal by Ekman late in the third period.

They finished with 11 shots on goal, including 10 by Filip Forsberg.

The Flyers were also able to get on the board early in the game when defenseman Travis Sanheim scored on a breakaway.

The Preds had no shot on goal for most of the night.

After scoring two power-foul goals in the first period, the Predators were able to limit the Coyotes power play to five shots on net in the opening period.

The game was tied 2-2 after the Predators had their first power play chance of the game.

Sanheim then added an empty-net goal in the second period, giving the Coyotes a 2-0 lead.

Arizona defenseman Kyle Turris was called for roughing after he shoved Anaheim goalie Frederik Andersen in the face.

The Ducks were able in the fourth to tie the game 1-1.

In the third, the Coyotes scored three goals in a span of two minutes, as Filip Forsburg and Filip Chytil scored in the final 15 seconds to give them a 3-2 lead.

Predators defenseman Shea Theodore made it 3-1 with a power play goal in front of the net just before the end of the third.

The win ends the Predators’ four-game losing streak, which includes the playoffs.

They also lost in seven games in February.

The Phoenix Coyotes (16-15-4, 55 points) have won four straight, and are riding a seven-game win streak.

They had a 3.45 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage in the three-game sweep at Nashville.

The last time the Predators lost a game in Phoenix was Feb. 22, 2011.

In addition to Forsberg, the team had four players score in their last four games: Filip Chychil, Matt Puempel, Niklas Hagelin, and Filip Forsling.