Originally posted on The Predatorial  |  Last updated 5/8/12
Photo Credit: Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images Nashville’s season was on the line coming into Game 5 in Phoenix after dropping the first two, winning Game 3 2-0, and being shutout for the previous 5 periods in Nashville. When it was all on the line, could Nashville force a Game 6 at home, seeing that they’ve never been eliminated away from home? Not tonight. Pouring shot after shot on Mike Smith, but without being able to break through, the Phoenix Coyotes capitalized on the only two chances they needed, knocking out the 4th seeded Predators on the way to their first ever trip to the Western Conference Finals where they will face the 8th seeded Los Angeles Kings. Nashville came out of the gates a little slow to start the game, but immediately kicked it into fifth gear only after a few minutes, pounding 10 shots Mike Smith’s way and dominating the flow of the first period. Although, a troubling trend of getting great chances, yet not being able to convert, was slowly starting to rear it’s
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