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Vokoun stops 43, but not Briere's power-play winner

PHOENIX (AP) -- When the Phoenix Coyotes needed an accurate shot,
Daniel Briere delivered.

Briere, who led the NHL in shooting percentage last season,
fired a power-play goal past Nashville's Tomas Vokoun 4:20 into
overtime as the Coyotes earned their first home victory of the season
Sunday night, beating the Predators 2-1.

''We took a lot of shots tonight," Briere said. ''But sometimes
when it's not going, guys lose their confidence around the net. So
even though we had a lot of shots, not many were really dangerous.
We're struggling with our confidence.''

Vokoun had 43 saves, but couldn't deny the Coyotes on their
eighth power play after defenseman Andy Delmore drew a hooking
penalty for wrestling Ladislav Nagy to the ice 3:32 into overtime.

''Obviously I have to make a better play on Nagy in the middle
of the ice to not let him get by me,'' Delmore said.

It was the Predators' second overtime defeat in as many nights,
following a 6-5 defeat in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Nashville, the only NHL team without an overtime loss (5-0-13)
last season, is 0-0-1-4 in overtime this season.

''We got a point, and that's a positive,'' coach Barry Trotz
said. ''It's tough getting points on the road, especially when
you're banged up and missing a lot of key people. I mean, you get
to 39 seconds left in overtime and lose.''

Denis Arkhipov had a power-play goal for the Predators, and
Landon Wilson scored for the Coyotes. Brian Boucher earned his 50th
career victory by stopping 24 shots.

Nagy started the winning play by getting the puck to Tony
Amonte, who sent a crossing pass to Briere. The undersized center,
demoted to the fourth line before the game when coach Bob Francis
reshuffled the lines, skated toward the slot and fired over
Vokoun's right shoulder for his second goal.

''When the penalty was called in overtime, I said to myself on
the bench, 'I want the puck. I want to make the play,''' Briere
said.

Francis said Briere wasn't the only problem as the Coyotes went
0-3-0 at home and broke even (4-4-0-1) on a series of road trips.

He put the team through a rugged practice Saturday.

''Not only Danny, but other people that are forcing the issue
get frustrated, and frustration is just negative energy,'' Francis
said. ''I think the moral of the story is you have to generate a
positive frame of mind.''

Boucher made two strong saves about five minutes into the third
period after Nashville's Vladimir Orszagh broke away during a
Phoenix power play. The goalie rejected Orszagh's shot and a
rebound attempt by the trailing Wyatt Smith.

Moments later, Vokoun took a shot from short range by Mike
Johnson in the breadbasket and gloved another by Shane Doan.

In the final 10 seconds of regulation, Vokoun saved the point
for Nashville with a stick save when Daymond Langkow skated across
the slot and fired backward.

''It's tough,'' Vokoun said. ''You got the point, but when you
work hard like that and still take the loss, we've got to make the
difference in a situation like that.''

The Predators took a 1-0 lead when Arkhipov flicked a wrist shot
from the point past Boucher with 8:19 left in the first period.

It was the first goal of the season for Arkhipov, who got the
last of his team-leading 20 in 2001-02 when he scored April 3 at
Chicago.

Wilson tied it 44 seconds into the second period with a
one-timer from the edge of the slot that Vokoun managed to slow
with his knee pad before it deflected to the right and slid in.

Game notes
Coyotes left wing Darcy Hordichuk served the first game of a
10-game suspension imposed after he bumped referee Mark Faucette on
Thursday in Philadelphia. ... The Predators are winless in six
games against Phoenix (0-5-0-1). ... Eight of Nashville's nine
defeats have been by one goal. ... Doan played his 500th career game
and Johnson his 400th at an unfamiliar position -- center. They were
shifted from the wings as the Coyotes adjusted to their lack of
depth at center.