Shane Doan scored in the first period, Mike Smith made 25 saves, and the Phoenix Coyotes beat the host Nashville Predators, 1-0, on Friday night to grab a three-games-to-one lead in the Western Conference semifinal series.
By winning their first game in May, the Coyotes can advance to the conference finals with a win in Game 5 on Monday night in Arizona.
The Predators played with forwards Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn benched for a second straight game, as coach Barry Trotz decided to stick with the lineup that won, 2-0, on Wednesday night. When Radulov and Kostitsyn were announced as scratches, some fans cheered. They had been suspended the previous game for breaking curfew.