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Ray Whitney scored 14:04 into overtime and the Phoenix Coyotes survived another late goal in regulation to open the Western Conference semifinals with a 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators on Friday night.
Phoenix was 33-1 when leading after two periods during the regular season, but has struggled to close out playoff games. The Coyotes allowed four tying third-period goals against Chicago in the first round and did it again, giving up Martin Erat's goal on a power play with 4:42 left.
Despite spending most of the third period and overtime in their own zone, the Coyotes won their first second-round NHL playoff game ever when Whitney slipped a backhander between Pekka Rinne's pads after Martin Hanzal won a faceoff in Nashville's zone.
Mike Smith made 39 saves, Rostislav Klesla had a goal and an assist, Radim Vrbata and Mikkel Boedker also scored, and Phoenix won despite being outshot 25-7 after the second period. The Coyotes are the first team in NHL history to ha...
BEST OF MAXIM
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Coyotes probably should have skated off the ice Friday night down a game to open the Western Conference semifinals. They probably shouldn't have even had the chance to win in overtime.
But they did, and it was all thanks to -- who else? -- goaltender Mike Smith.
As usual, Smith did all the heavy lifting in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals,...
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With exceptional goaltenders suiting up for both the Coyotes and Predators in what's expected to be a defensively oriented Western Conference semifinals, the thought heading into the series was that one team would have to find the difference somewhere else. That hasn't changed after one game, and it appears the Coyotes' now-healthy top line could be...
Another third-period lead squandered at home. Another barrage of shots on their overworked goaltender. The names and uniforms have changed -- Nashville is now on the other bench where Chicago once was -- but the storyline continues on. And in the end, the Phoenix Coyotes just find a way. And this time, "The Wizard" was in charge of the overtime magic. Outshot 16-1 in...
REASONS YOU SHOULD ROOT FOR THE COYOTES FOR THE REST OF THE POSTSEASON
1. Ray Whitney
Ray Whitney is the kind of guy who plays his balls off.
He is also nearing 40 and continues to be an extremely prolific scorer on a team that would never be considered "high octane."
He is also kind of adorable. But w/e.
If there's any player nearing retirement age who deserves...
The opening game between the Nashville Predators and Phoenix Coyotes lived up to everyone's expectations as two gritty teams, with tough defenses and solid goalies battled for sixty minutes with the inevitable overtime being required.Ray Whitney scored off of an offensive zone faceoff at 14:04 in to overtime to give the Coyotes their first ever second round playoff victory...
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...
Welcome to Center Ice Chat’s Stanley Cup Playoffs Preview and Predictions series. With Round 1 in the books as of Thursday night, we take a look at the crop of the few, the proud, the Conference semifinalists.
The Nashville Predators of course already got started with their series against the Phoenix Coyotes last night in Glendale, Ariz., but there’s still plenty...
Coming off of a week sitting back and watching NHL playoff hockey take place around the league, the Nashville Predators were back in action on Friday night facing off against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena in the opening game of their Western Conference Semi-finals series.
The rust showed early for the Predators as Phoenix frustrated Nashville with their defense and got...
The Phoenix Coyotes have been quite a story this post-season. Most people predicted them losing in the first round to the Chicago Blackhawks but they managed to take them down in six games, mostly due to some overtime magic. All but one of Phoenix's wins this post-season have come in overtime and that includes tonight's 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators in game 1 of the...
The Nashville Predators and Phoenix Coyotes kick off the 2012 Stanley Cup Second Round, Friday night in Glendale, Arizona. Phoenix will be rocking in the White Out to cheer their team on to take a 1-0 lead to start the series. Tonight will show how well the goalies will be playing in this series. Puck drops at 8:10 PM CT.
TV/Radio CoverageCoverage in Nashville: 102.5 The GameCoverage...
The Nashville Predators shook off the rust and completely dominated the Phoenix Coyotes in the final two periods of play.
Too bad the Coyotes already had a 3-2 lead.
“I thought in the first period — and even the first half of the game — I thought we were a little bit rusty and it showed,” Nashville Head Coach Barry Trotz said. “In the third, we ratcheted it up and I thought...
The first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs saw its fair share of intrigue and heart-stopping finishes. With Game 7s and overtimes spread out over the eight series', it might have been the most exciting round of hockey in years. Unfortunately, the first round was also marred by a high amount of dirty hits. Nearly every series had moments where a cheap shot was taken, or a hit...
One team has a goalie who plays the crease like a spider in a web, multiple players who can score and a hard-hitting, defense-first mentality.
The other team ... well, it's pretty much the same thing.
After bogging down two of the NHL's most skilled teams in the opening round, the Nashville Predators and Phoenix Coyotes face off in what will be a two-of-a-kind Western Conference...
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The Nashville Predators meet the Phoenix Coyotes in Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Phoenix Coyotes are celebrating their first ever series win since 1987 when they were in Winnipeg. In what was a tight series, the Coyotes man-handled the Chicago Blackhawks in the deciding game by a score of 4-0.
Nashville also exorcised some demons...