Originally posted on Fang Faction  |  Last updated 4/29/12

Nashville Predators 3 vs Phoenix Coyotes 5: Coyotes Lead Series, 2-0

Well, the Nashville Predators are going back to Nashville with their tales between their legs. On Wednesday, Game 3 is an absolute must-win if they want to have any chance of coming back. Given that there is a very small chance being down 3-0, the Predators could come back.

Tonight, the Predators were absolutely lazy on the puck. They were also very poor defensively, leaving Pekka Rinne out to dry on many of those goals. Barry Trotz fixed the face-off problem, now a new problem has come up, laziness and poor defense. Trotz should skate them like Herb Brooks did to the 1980 US Miracle team. Sunday night's play was a complete disgrace.

There is really too many problems with this Predators team right now. I bet if you look at the numerous other Preds blogs, there will be something different.

Klein's Beauty Pass

Playoff breakout defenseman, Kevin Klein, had once another great play in this 2012 playoffs. Instead of saving a goal, he created a goal. The first goal of the game for the Nashville Predators, by the way. 

Kevin Klein made a spinning and falling, backhand, pass to a breaking Andrei Kostitsyn on the right side. Kostitsyn went one on one with Mike Smith. There, Andrei deked and made Smith way out of position. Then, Andrei was able to score the first goal for the Predators all because of Mr. Kevin Klein.

Watch this sweet video:


Gaustad, Face-Off Specialist

Paul Gaustad was the face-off specialist Sunday night, in Game 2. Gaustad was 8-for-12 (67 %) in face-offs. We saw that Barry Trotz was putting Gaustad out in key situations/draws. Gaustad would take the face-off draws on either the first or second line, then go straight to the bench to get the original center on the line, on the ice.

The Predators were a lot better in the face-off draws in Game 2, compared to Game 1. In Game 1, Nashville was 41 % in face-off wins. While in Game 2, the Predators won 52 % of their draws. Trotz working with the centers on face-offs in Saturday practice, really worked out.

Jones and Roenick Rip Radulov


Completely right. Takes the words out of my mouth. Alexander Radulov finished with a -2, outstanding!

Playoff Series Scoreboard

Game Date Away Home Result Game 1 4/27 NSH PHX 3-4 PHX OT Game 2 4/29 NSH PHX 3-5 PHX

Line Up Report

Starting Goalies:

Name SV SH Decision SV % TOI #35 Pekka Rinne 34 39 L .872 57:40 #41 Mike Smith 30 33 W .909 60:00

Predators Scratches: #15 C Craig Smith, #22 W Jordin Tootoo, #23 W Brian McGrattan, #24 W Matt Halischuk, #38 D Jack Hillen, #49 D Ryan Ellis and #37 G Chet Pickard

Coyotes Scratches: #37 W Raffi Torres (Suspension), #2 D David Rundblad, #5 D Connor Murphy, #12 W Paul Bissonnette, #20 D Chris Summers, #21 C Andy Miele, #26 D Michael Stone, #28 W Lauri Korpikoski, #32 D Michal Roszival, #36 W Matt Watkins, #39 W Brett Maclean, #49 C Alexandre Bolduc, #52 C Brett Hextall, #54 C Ethan Werek, #57 D Maxim Goncharov, #58 W Jordan Szwarz, #35 G Justin Pogge and #75 G Louis Domingue

Period-by-Period Summary

First Period

  • 0:33 in, Rostislav Klesla took a puck to the face and left the ice with a towel on his mouth.
  • 1:11 in, Patric Hornqvist and Andrei Kostitsyn went on a 2-on-1, but Hornqvist's shot hit off the post.
  • 2:07 in, Roman Josi fell down behind the net that allowed Gilbert Brule to take the shot on net. The shot caused a scrum in front, but Rinne held on to it.
  • 5:27 in, David Legwand tried to wheel around a Phoenix defender and to only backhand the shot into Smith's leg pads.
  • 8:32 in, Antoine Vermette scored on tic-tac-toe passing from Mikkel Boedker and Keith Yandle. Rinne had no chance of stopping the goal that made it 1-0 Coyotes.
  • 12:57 in, Colin Wilson quickly shot a pass from Hal Gill. That created a shoving match where only Brandon Yip went to the box for roughing.
  • 14:57 in, Yip's roughing call was killed off after a heavy Phoenix attack.
  • 17:13 in, Andrei Kostitsyn absolutely undress Mike Smith on a breakaway, to tie the game up at 1. Klein set up that play because while falling, passed the puck to Andrei, behind the back.
  • The first period ended with a 1-1 tie. Phoenix led in shots, 12-9.

Second Period

  • 0:13 in, Alexander Radulov received a stretch pass from Ryan Suter, entering the zone. Radulov went on a breakaway, but shot into Smith's blocker.
  • 3:47 in, Radim Vrbata broke away from the Nashville defense, but didn't shoot and instead wheeled around. Vrbata stopped at the back of the net and passed in between Rinne's legs to a wide-open Martin Hanzal. Hanzal just banked it home to take the 2-1 Phoenix lead.
  • 6:30 in, Kevin Klein's shot from the point hit off the cross-bar.
  • 7:05 in, Rinne was interfered with and fell to the ice. The puck went to Radim Vrbata from David Legwand tossing the puck to him! Vrbata shot the puck home to widen the lead to 3-1 Coyotes.
  • 9:17 in, Legwand broke into the zone and had a great chance to snipe Smith. Leggy shot it right into Smith instead.
  • 9:24 in, Ray Whitney went to the penalty box for slashing Radulov. Radulov wasn't happy with the slash, at all.
  • 11:20 in, the Predators power play was on fire during the Whitney penalty. Nashville had possession most of the power play. Ryan Suter's shot from the point was deflected by Patric Hornqvist in front of Mike Smith, into the net.
  • 11:50 in, Shane Doan broke into the Nashville zone, untouched, and took the shot. Doan's shot left a rebound for Taylor Pyatt, who smacked the puck out of mid-air to take the two goal lead back, 4-2 Phoenix.
  • 12:40 in, Klesla returned to the bench with the mask bar under his chin.
  • 13:31 in, Paul Gaustad received a pass from Colin Wilson, across the top of the crease. Gaustad's redirection missed the net by very little.
  • 17:07 in, Shea Weber went to the penalty box for boarding M.A. Pouliot.
  • 19:07 in, Weber's penalty was killed off very well. Nashville's PK was putting a ton of pressure on Phoenix.
  • 19:50 in, Keith Yandle went to the penalty box for slashing and Mike Fisher retaliated. Fisher was called for roughing.
  • The second period ended with Phoenix up, 4-2. The Coyotes led in shots through two, 31-24.

Third Period

  • 0:22 in, Radim Vrbata went to the penalty box for interference. 4 on 3 for Nashville, for 1:29.
  • 0:53 in, Ryan Suter's one-timer from Weber was lasered into the back of the net to cut the lead to 4-3 Phoenix, on the power play.
  • 1:50 in, Yandle and Fisher came out of the box and put the game back to 5 on 5.
  • 3:33 in, Pekka Rinne bailed out the Predators again after a turnover. It was an amazing save, falling back.
  • 3:36 in, Derek Morris' shot off the face-off was deflected off Doan's blade in the back of the net. Phoenix took back the two goal lead, again, and made it 5-3.
  • During this long stretch of time, I felt a lot of emotions flow through me. Doubt, fear, anger, sadness and hope. Sorry for the huge gap of no report.
  • 15:32 in, Rinne left a huge rebound for Taylor Pyatt to score. Luckily, it was swept away.
  • 15:50, Dave Tippet used his time out.
  • 17:40 in, Rinne was sent to the bench for the extra attacker.
  • 18:01 in, Barry Trotz used his time out to draw something up.
  • 19:14 in, Legwand went to the penalty box for cross-checking Boyd Gordan while Gordon went to the box for high-sticking.
  • The game ended with Phoenix winning, 5-3. They outshot Nashville, 39-31.


      Game 2 Phoenix Coyotes Playoers to Watch:

      Name G A +/- TOI #23 Oliver Ekman-Larsson 0 0 +3 21:23 #17 Radim Vrbata 1 1 +2 17:14 #13 Ray Whitney 0 2 +2 16:03


      Scoring Summary

      Antoine Vermette - Yandle and Boedker at 8:32 in the 1st
      Andrei Kostitsyn - Klein and Spaling at 17:13 in the 1st
      Martin Hanzal - Vrbata and Whitney at 3:47 in the 2nd
      Radim Vrbata - Hanzal and Yandle at 3:47 in the 2nd
      PP Patric Hornqvist - Suter and Fisher at 11:20 in the 2nd
      Taylor Pyatt - Doan at 11:50 in the 2nd
      PP Ryan Suter - Weber and Erat at 0:53 in the 3rd
      Shane Doan - Morris and Vermette at 3:36 in the 3rd

      My Three Stars of the Game

      1. Antoine Vermette: Goal & Assist, +2
      2. Keith Yandle: 2 Assists, +3
      3. Shane Doan: Goal & Assist, +2

      Game Highlights

      GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
      Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
      MORE FROM YARDBARKER

      Miguel Tejada's home burglarized, suspect arrested

      Report: Nationals players privately grumbling about bullpen woes

      Dwight Howard responds to those who think he's washed up

      Report: Red Sox interested in Sonny Gray

      Jermichael Finley opens up about lasting effects of injury

      LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
      GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

      Lionel Messi has allegedly hid tens of millions of euros through his own charity

      John McEnroe: Serena Williams would be No. 700 on men's tour

      Report: Celtics could target Rudy Gay as backup plan

      Ex-NFL RB Ahman Green arrested on suspicion of child abuse

      Cam Newton throws, will be ‘100 percent’ for training camp

      Timberwolves reportedly still trying to trade Ricky Rubio

      The 'Tonight, we settle the Beard vs. Brodie debate' quiz

      2016-17 NBA Awards: The 8th Man Award for most overlooked player this year

      2016-17 NBA Awards: The Disappearing Act Award for player who came up small

      Getaway Day: Welcome back to the world, AL Central

      The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

      Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

      Best of Yardbarker: Diana Taurasi makes history

      The 'Finest running back from America’s Finest City' quiz

      Players who need to turn around their season to save their teams

      Sports & Politics Intersect: Washington gets a rare win

      Three Up, Three Down: Flouting the written and unwritten rules of baseball

      2016-17 NBA Awards: The Billy King Award for worst trade

      NHL News
      Delivered to your inbox
      You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

      By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
      the YARDBARKER app
      Get it now!
      Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

      The 'Tonight, we settle the Beard vs. Brodie debate' quiz

      2016-17 NBA Awards: The 8th Man Award for most overlooked player this year

      2016-17 NBA Awards: The Disappearing Act Award for player who came up small

      Getaway Day: Welcome back to the world, AL Central

      The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

      Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

      Best of Yardbarker: Diana Taurasi makes history

      The 'Finest running back from America’s Finest City' quiz

      2016-17 NBA Awards: The Billy King Award for worst trade

      Players who need to turn around their season to save their teams

      Today's Best Stuff
      For Publishers
      Company Info
      Help
      Follow Yardbarker