NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Every time Coyotes goalie Mike Smith wanders out of his crease to play the puck, another critic is born.
It happened during the regular season on a few occasions.
It happened in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against Nashville when a puck took a funny bounce off a partition at Jobing.com Arena and ended up on the stick of Brandon Yip for an easy tap-in.
And it happened again on Wednesday in Game 3 when Smith slid a puck behind the net that Gabriel Bourque intercepted to feed David Legwand for an easy goal.
It was probably a bad read on my part, Smith said of the latter goal. Ive made that play 100 times this year, and its worked out most times.
Coyotes coach Dave Tippett hopes he makes it 100 more times.
You watch how many times that deters the forecheck, Tippett said. Hes the best in the league at it, by far. Why would he change?
While much of the focus was on Smiths game-altering gaffe midway through the first period, Tippetts ire was reser...