For the first time in this series, the Nashville Predators played Predator hockey and what do you know?
Without team-suspended forwards Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn at their disposal, the Preds got back to their identity and beat the Phoenix Coyotes 2-0 in front of 17,113 at Bridgestone Arena. Phoenix now leads the series 2-1.
Pekka Rinne turned in 32 saves for his first career postseason shutout and the Preds got goals from David Legwand and Mike Fisher, pulling within one of the Coyotes in the best-of-seven series.
“We know we didn’t play well in game two,” Preds defenseman Ryan Suter said. “So, for us, it was kind of embarrassing, our effort. We knew we had to come out and play the way we’re capable of playing.”
In the first, Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith went wondering and, when he did, Gabriel Bourque forced a turnover and got it to Legwand in the slot. Legwand made no mistake and bagged his third goal of the postseason to give his team a 1-0 lead.
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