Phoenix edges Nashville

Phoenix Coyotes 1, Nashville Predators 0

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Shane Doan scored in the first period, Mike Smith made 25 saves and the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Nashville Predators 1-0 on Friday night to grab a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinal series.

The Coyotes can advance to the conference finals with a win in Game 5 on Monday night in Arizona.

Phoenix improved to 4-1 on the road in the postseason, spoiling what had been a big party in Nashville with three blocks of Broadway shut down right in front of the arena.

The Predators put two big TVs outside for fans to cheer but didn’t give them much to yell about.

The Coyotes outskated and outshot Nashville from the start, coming with much more energy.

The Predators played with forwards Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn scratched for a second consecutive game, this time the decision by coach Barry Trotz to stick with the lineup that won 2-0 on Wednesday night.

They sorely missed their offense, though Nashville thought it tied it with 7:12 remaining. But officials waved off the power-play goal because a whistle blew before the puck crossed the line.

The Predators wound up outshooting Phoenix 25-24.

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