After being shut down completely Saturday night, it took the Predators just over one minute Monday to find their offensive groove against Phoenix.
The Predators pounced early, scoring three goals in the first period en route to a 4-2 win over the Coyotes in front of 15,728 fans at Bridgestone Arena.
“That was the mind-set that we have to come out with,” Predators coach Barry Trotz said. “We scored three, but we could have scored five or six. We had a couple of breakaways and (Coyotes goalie Mike) Smith made good saves. I think we took one off the post, and we just came out really well and executed.”
Nick Spaling got the scoring started by putting a rebound of a Matt Cullen shot past Smith at the 1:02 mark.
“I think that coming out early is a key to our success, especially at home,” Spaling said. “We have to take advantage of playing here. We’ve been on the road quite a bit lately, and it is nice to be home with all that energy and excitement.”
The early success seemed to open t...