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Phoenix Coyotes' Mikkel Boedker, of Denmark, celebrates his goal as he skates on one knee with Keith Yandle (3) and Shane Doan (19) while Nashville Predators' Roman Josi (59), of Switzerland, and goalie Pekka Rinne (35), of Finland, skate by during the second period of Game 1 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinal playoff series, Friday, April 27, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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.