Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Preds Beat Coyotes; Dumont Gets Hat Trick

The Nashville Predators defeated the Phoenix Coyotes by a score of 5-2 on Tuesday night in Glendale, Arizona. The story of the game was J.P. Dumont's 4th career hat trick. The first period was really an up and down period for the Preds.

Dumont got the scoring started on a one-timer in the slot. Just a mere 12 seconds later, the Preds got a 2nd goal on a great individual effort by Patric Hornqvist. Phoenix would respond shortly after, however, when Shane O'Brien effectively put the puck in his own net to give the Coyotes a goal. The Yotes later tied it up on a great deflection by Lee Stempniak.

In the second, J.P. Dumont completed the hat trick by scoring two goals in the period. His line played well all night, withe Chris Mueller and Matt Halischuk both getting 2 assists on the night. Patric Hornqvist added another goal in the 3rd for his second of the night. Hornqvist now has 10 points in his last 10 games.

Shea Weber's scoring streak was snapped tonight. Pekka Rinne made some key saves throughout the game to keep the Preds afloat. The Coyotes outplayed the Preds for most of the game, even though the score might show otherwise.

This was a great win for the Preds. They jumped the Coyotes in the standings to take control of 4th place in the Western Conference. The Preds are in action again on Thursday night at 8 P.M. in Colorado.

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