Carcone’s two goals leads Coyotes over slumping Predators, 7-5

By JIM DIAMOND – Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Michael Carcone scored twice to lead the Arizona Coyotes to a 7-5 come-from-behind victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.

Clayton Keller had a goal and two assists. Sean Durzi had a goal and an assist, while Troy Stecher, Alex Kerfoot and Nick Bjugstad also scored. Connor Ingram made 36 saves for Arizona, while Logan Cooley had three assists and JJ Moser had two.

Filip Forsberg scored two goals and added an assist, and Dante Fabbro had a goal and an assist for the Predators, who have lost three straight and five of six.

Kiefer Sherwood and Ryan O’Reilly also scored for Nashville, while Roman Josi, Tommy Novak and Gustav Nyquist each had two assists. Juuse Saros made 19 saves. The Predators played their first home game in two weeks after finishing a five-game road trip 1-4.

“We’re finding ways to lose games now,” O’Reilly said. “It’s frustrating.”

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Carcone hasn’t registered a point since recording a hat trick and assisted on another goal on Oct. 30 against Chicago.

“I like the way he skated tonight. I liked the way he moved the puck in the offensive zone. I liked the level of battle,” Arizona coach André Tourigny said. “(Carcone) has to continue to work on his consistency level. Tonight was one of his good games. Now we want the same thing in Dallas.”

Durzi’s power-play goal with 3:27 left in the third was the winner.

“Some night you have to find a way to win,” Durzi said. “It wasn’t our best first period, but it’s important to find the resilience to bounce back and find a way to get two points.”

The teams combined for five goals in a wide-open first period, with Nashville racing out to a quick two-goal lead on scores by Sherwood and Forsberg.

“We’re playing great in the first period,” Forsberg said.

Carcone and Stecher answered before Fabbro sent Nashville into the first intermission with a 3-2 lead.

O’Reilly scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season at 3:28 of the second on a power play. Before the game, the Predators honored O’Reilly with a ceremony marking his 1,000th regular-season game, which took place Oct. 31 in Vancouver.

Ingram, a former Predator, picked up the secondary assist on Carcone’s final goal of the second period, registering his first NHL point in the process.

“I had no idea,” Ingram said of the assist. “Get up for me.”

A Coyotes team representative then produced the puck from his suit pocket and handed it to Ingram, who taped it up and marked it with the milestone information written on it.

Ingram improved his record this season to 5-1.

Coyotes: Visit Dallas on Tuesday.

Predators: Host Anaheim on Tuesday.


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