GLENDALE, Ariz. — Ray Whitney scored 14:04 into overtime and the Phoenix Coyotes survived another late goal in regulation to open the Western Conference semifinals with a 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators.
Phoenix was 33-1 when leading after two periods during the regular season, but has struggled to close out playoff games. The Coyotes allowed four tying, third-period goals against Chicago, and did it again, giving up Martin Erat's goal on a power play with 4:42 left.
But the Coyotes won their first second-round NHL playoff game ever when Whitney slipped a backhander between Pekka Rinne's pads after a faceoff in Nashville's zone.
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