Coyotes Ride Wild First Period To Break Slump

After losing seven games in a row, the Phoenix Coyotes broke their cold streak in perhaps the least likely way possible. They opened Thursday’s game against the Nashville Predators by out-scoring them 6-3 in the first period, eventually winning 7-4.

The first period scoring summary really tells the story about how things began in a dizzying way (although Pekka Rinne being pulled and then returning says a lot, too).

– Martin Hanzal goal (1:46 in)
– Radim Vrbata goal (3:42 in)
– David Moss goal (3:50 in)
– Matthew Lombardi goal (7:08 in)
– David Legwand goal (9:03 in)
– Rich Clune (9:33 in)
– Vrbata’s second goal (15:57 in)
– Gabriel Bourque goal (16:29 in)

Yup, that’s pretty ridiculous. Here are a fun facts:

The Tennessean’s John Cooper reports that nine combined goals in one period sets a Predators record while six goals allowed in one period ties a Preds record.
The Coyotes scored as many goals (seven) in this game as they had in their 0-6-1 streak.
Those six goals scored ties a Coyotes franchise record, according to the Arizona Republic’s Sarah McLellan.
Steve Sullivan managed to score in his 1,000th game. Nice.
The lesson: even the most defensive-minded teams can evoke the video game scoring of the 1980′s every now and then.

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