Dennis Morgan sang the anthem. Run This Town was the intro video. Fans even tried switching to rally jerseys in the middle of the game.
All that superstitious stuff didn’t matter.
In front of 17,113 at Bridgestone Arena, the Nashville Predators were downed by the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday night, 1-0. Phoenix captain Shane Doan supplied the only goal — a fluke bounce off of Roman Josi’s stick — and netminder Mike Smith stopped all 25 shots he faced for the shutout.
The Coyotes now lead the best-of-seven series, 3-1.
Pekka Rinne made 23 saves but couldn’t overcome the hockey gods and their master plan as the Preds now face the tall task of having to win all three remaining games if they want to advance to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history.
Nashville was without forwards Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn for the second straight game. While the two were suspended for game three, the rationale behind holding them out of game four? Don’t mess with ...