NASHVILLE, Tenn. Two Phoenix-area reporters were walking into the postgame press conference Friday night, searching for a launching point to their stories, when one columnist blurted out: "You want a lead? The Jets (Coyotes) have never been to the conference finals."
At that very moment, Coyotes coach Dave Tippett entered the room and chastised the columnist with a: "Shhhhh!"
The Coyotes are thriving on this underdog, under-siege, under-the-radar role. Why jinx it now?
For a second straight game, the Nashville Predators threw everything they had at the Coyotes, carrying the play for large stretches of the second and third periods. But a combination of sound defensive play, missed Predators opportunities and strong goaltending from Mike Smith produced a 1-0 win at Bridgestone Arena, putting the Coyotes on the brink of that milestone Tippett doesn't want to acknowledge.
"We talked about how they were going to push hard tonight and we had to be better,...