Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/8/14
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Phoenix Coyotes had never advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs in 15 previous seasons in the Valley of the Sun. Maybe that's why fortune just keeps smiling on them this spring. Martin Hanzal won an offensive-zone faceoff and chipped the puck to a waiting Ray Whitney, who knocked in the game-winner to give the Coyotes a 4-3 overtime victory over the Nashville Predators on Friday at Jobing.com Arena. The victory gave the Coyotes a 1-0 series lead in their Western Conference semifinal despite a decided edge in play for the Predators. Nashville outshot the Coyotes 16-1 in the third period and 25-7 over the final two periods, but the Predators couldn't crack goalie Mike Smith, who made 39 saves. "When I look at it we probably had about 30 chances," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "They collapse really well. There's five guys in Smith's crease so you've got to find lanes. "He made a couple big saves. We just didn't get that one extra pu...
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