NASHVILLE, Tenn. Maybe you got a little drunk on the possibilities. Maybe we all did. After 15 years of waiting, this was uncharted territory for Valley hockey fans. Who knew what to expect or how to act?
The Coyotes were on a roll, they had a 2-0 series lead for the first time since moving to the Valley, Nashville was playing without two stars and Phoenix fans were thinking sweep as the team touched down in Music City.
Not going to happen. Never was.
Nashville is too good, and with skilled forwards Alex Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn suspended for a curfew violation, it flipped open a familiar script in a 2-0 win Wednesday at Bridgestone Arena that sliced Phoenix's lead in this Western Conference semifinals series to 2-1.
"We played Predator hockey," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "Finally."
Nashville's goals weren't pretty. They were opportunistic the product of hard work in the offensive zone and two Phoenix mistakes.
On the first, Coyotes goalie Mike Smith came well ou...