Johnson’s first NHL shutout lifts Phoenix over Nashville

Chad Johnson earned his first NHL shutout in his Phoenix debut and the Coyotes beat the Nashville Predators, 4-0, Monday night in Glendale, Ariz.

Johnson, making his seventh NHL appearance after being called up from Portland of the AHL last week, had 21 saves in a game dominated defensively by a Coyotes team that entered the night giving up an NHL-high 20 goals in five games.

‘‘You’re taking a chance on a young guy but he stepped in and played real solid,’’ Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. ‘‘Nothing fancy, just solid, and I thought our team played solid in front of him.’’


Keith Yandle had a power-play goal and two assists and Nick Johnson had a goal and one assist. Antoine Vermette and Laurie Korpikoski also scored in the Coyotes’ second win in six games.

The Predators were shut out for the second time in three games and have scored just 10 times in six games this season.

It was the first meeting of the season between teams that met in last season’s Western Conference semifinals, a series won by Phoenix in five games.

Phoenix’s usual starting goalie, Mike Smith, missed his third straight game because of a lower-body injury, and Tippett chose to go with the 26-year-old Johnson rather than usual backup Jason LaBarbera.

Johnson was making his fifth career start. In his previous appearances, all for the New York Rangers, he never played at home.

Three of Nashville’s first five games ended in shootout losses, but it fell behind early in this one and Phoenix steadily built on the lead.

Kings 3, Canucks 2 — Jeff Carter scored the only goal in the shootout to lift host Los Angeles to a come-from-behind victory. Slava Voynov scored with 44 seconds left in the third period to tie the score. Jonathan Quick made 23 saves for the Kings.


Oilers 4, Avalanche 1 — Devan Dubnyk made 37 saves and host Edmonton scored all of its goals on the power play to defeat Colorado.

Ales Hemsky, Jordan Eberle, Shawn Horcoff, and Nail Yakupov, into an empty net, scored on the man-advantage for the Oilers.

Taylor Hall and Sam Gagner each picked up two assists for Edmonton, which started strong after falling behind in each of its four previous outings.

P.A. Parenteau scored for the Avalanche, who have lost two in a row to start a four-game road trip.

Blue Jackets 2, Stars 1 — Vinny Prospal scored from a hard angle at 1:22 of the third and Sergei Bobrovsky had 24 saves to help host Columbus snap a four-game losing streak.

‘‘Once in a while it may actually go in,’’ the 37-year-old Prospal said.

It was the Blue Jackets’ first victory since opening night in Nashville in a shootout. They had been outscored, 16-6, since.

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