Turris recorded his first two-goal game, including the go-ahead
score with 9:58 left, and the Coyotes beat the Predators 2-1
"I feel the best I've felt all year," Turris said. "I feel
great, I have my legs under me and I'm feeling very confident."
Turris put Phoenix ahead 1-0 on a breakaway with 9.7 seconds
left in the first period after Ed Jovanovski chipped the puck off
Martin Erat's stick and just outside the Coyotes zone. Turris
gained control, skated in alone on Ellis and waited until the
goalie was flat on the ice before tucking the puck just inside the
Turris took advantage of the tip from Lindstrom, who said to
watch how far Ellis comes out of his crease and to wait for the
goalie to make the first move.
"That was the first thing I thought about coming down the
center," Turris said.
Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky said Turris and Lindstrom have shown
great chemistry since Lindstrom was acquired from Anaheim on Dec.
"Lindstrom and him seem to feed off each other," Gretzky said.
"They play a similar style, move the puck to the open man, go to
open areas to get pucks back. It's a nice combination right now and
they're doing a nice job for us."
Turris was credited with the go-ahead goal, but Enver Lisin did
most of the work.
Lisin took a pass from Zbynek Michalek just inside the Predators
zone and sprinted past the defense before firing a hard wrist shot
at Ellis. The rebound bounced to Lisin at the right side of the
net, where he fired a second time. Ellis again couldn't control the
rebound, losing the puck just in front of his pads, and Turris
forced the puck through for the goal.
"The first one hit me in the head, the second came at my armpit
and I tried to squeeze it," Ellis said. "It must have fallen
down, and they just hammered home the third one."
It was Turris' second two-point game in the NHL and the first
since he had a goal and an assist in the Coyotes' second game of
the season on Oct. 12 at Anaheim.
Ilya Bryzgalov made 30 saves for the Coyotes, who snapped a
two-game losing streak and leapfrogged Nashville and idle Minnesota
into seventh place in the Western Conference.
"It was a four-point game," Bryzgalov said. "We're battling
for a playoff spot and we played desperate hockey."
The Predators have scored two goals or fewer in six of nine
"The bottom line is we haven't scored a lot of goals lately,"
Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "We've got to get some
production from our top guys. We have gotten zero from them the
last few games. There are some guys not pulling their weight, and
they need to step up."
Lindstrom missed an empty-net chance off the left post with
6 seconds to go. ... The Coyotes have earned points in a
season-high five straight games, including a pair of overtime
losses. ... Bryzgalov, whose starting job seemed in jeopardy a
month ago after a couple of shaky outings, made his seventh
consecutive start. ... These teams won't meet again until Feb. 3 at
Nashville. ... The Predators are 6-3 against the Pacific Division.