All too soon, the Nashville Predators’ 2011-12 season has come to an end.
The Phoenix Coyotes won game five of their best-of-seven Western Conference Semifinal series against the Preds, 2-1, thereby winning the series 4-1.
Phoenix advances to the Western Conference Final for the first time in franchise history. That history includes their years as the first installment of the Winnipeg Jets, by the way.
Mike Smith came up big when he needed to, collecting 32 saves along the way, but it was the Predators missed opportunities that were, once again, the story.
“It’s sort of the way the series went,” Nashville Head Coach Barry Trotz said. “We just couldn’t bury our chances. We had enough chances to win this series but we didn’t win.”
Alternate captain Ryan Suter agreed.
“For us, we weren’t able to bury our chances. That never gave us a chance to win. Not taking anything away from (Phoenix) because they played very well but we just couldn’t bury them.”
Colin Wilson got the lone goal for Nash