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Coming off of a week sitting back and watching NHL playoff hockey take place around the league, the Nashville Predators were back in action on Friday night facing off against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena in the opening game of their Western Conference Semi-finals series.
The rust showed early for the Predators as Phoenix frustrated Nashville with their defense and got out to an early lead using their counterattacking style to draw a penalty off a turnover in the neutral zone. On the ensuing power play, the Coyotes worked the puck around to Radim Vrbata standing in the faceoff circle to the right of Pekka Rinne. Holding onto the puck, Vrbata skated down towards the goal line looking for passing options until putting the puck on net beating Rinne with a wrist shot over his right shoulder. Despite continuing to struggle to find their game, the Predators took advantage of a bounce off the stanchion when Brandon Yip deposited Francis Bouillon’s dump-in that ricocheted out ...
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Hello, Pekka Rinne. Were the voices inside your head. You know our names. Were the guys who haunt your nights. Were the guys who crash your net. Were the guys who own you.
Were the Phoenix Coyotes, and were coming to your house soon -- very soon.
Do you remember four short days ago, when this Western Conference semifinal series was being billed as a battle of...
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Ray Whitney scored 14:04 into overtime and the Phoenix Coyotes survived another late goal in regulation to open the Western Conference semifinals with a 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators on Friday night.
Phoenix was 33-1 when leading after two periods during the regular season, but has struggled to close out playoff games. The Coyotes allowed four...
GLENDALE, Ariz. - To the rest of the National Hockey League, Pekka Rinne is aVezina Trophy candidate. To the Phoenix Coyotes, he's a minor league call-up. Proving once again that Phoenix is Rinne's personal Waterloo, the Coyotes victimized the Nashville Predators goalie early and often in a 5-3 victory Sunday at Jobing.com Arena that gave Phoenix a 2-0 lead in this Western...
. GLENDALE, Ariz. - To the rest of the National Hockey League, Pekka Rinne is a Vezina Trophy candidate. To the Phoenix Coyotes, he's Murray Bannerman. Proving once again that Phoenix is Rinne's personal Waterloo, the Coyotes victimized the Nashville Predators goalie early and often in a 5-3 win Sunday at Jobing.com Arena that gave Phoenix a 2-0 lead in this Western Conference...
This is not exactly how they drew it up.
Already down 1-0 in the best-of-seven Western Conference Semifinal series, the Nashville Predators lost a critical game two to the Phoenix Coyotes, 5-3. The two teams will now head to Music City a two game set starting on Wednesday.
The Coyotes haven’t led a series 2-0 since 1987.
Pekka Rinne made 34 saves on the night and gave up five goals...
The Nashville Predators have officially hit the most crucial part of their postseason. With a 5-3 loss to the Coyotes, Nashville has entered a semi-do or die mode. If Nashville loses at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, they'll be down 3-0 to Phoenix -- a highly difficult task to come back from.
In Game 1, the Predators harped on all the positives. They out-shot the Coyotes that...
The Nashville Predators shook off the rust and completely dominated the Phoenix Coyotes in the final two periods of play.
Too bad the Coyotes already had a 3-2 lead.
“I thought in the first period — and even the first half of the game — I thought we were a little bit rusty and it showed,” Nashville Head Coach Barry Trotz said. “In the third, we ratcheted it up and I thought...
Welcome to Center Ice Chat’s Stanley Cup Playoffs Preview and Predictions series. With Round 1 in the books as of Thursday night, we take a look at the crop of the few, the proud, the Conference semifinalists.
The Nashville Predators of course already got started with their series against the Phoenix Coyotes last night in Glendale, Ariz., but there’s still plenty...
If you do not succeed at first then try try again! Give the Philadelphia Flyers credit in this sense. They find ways to win even when they seem to find ways to lose. That sounds really odd but with Philadelphia, truer words were never more well spoken. Now the Phoenix Coyotes have found a way to get to Pekka Rinne. It is very clear and painfully obvious...
The Predators have officially hit the most daunting part of their postseason. With a 5-3 loss to the Coyotes in Sunday night's Game 2, Nashville is venturing into do-or-die territory; a loss in Game 3 would put the Predators down 3-0, a hole only two teams in NHL history have dug out of.
The Predators harped on all the positives after Game 1. They outshot the Coyotes heavily...
After a wild first round, eight teams remain to battle for the Stanley Cup. Many of the league's powerhouses had an abrupt end to their end, as we saw Detroit, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Boston, and Vancouver exit stage left. Will teams like Nashville and St. Louis make it to the Western Conference finals? Will the Capitals find playoff success past the first round? Time will tell...
With Nashville’s 5-3 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday night, the Predators are down 2-0 in their Western Conference Semifinal series.
For the second game in a row, Phoenix opened scoring. At 8:32 into the first period, former Columbus Blue Jacket, Antoine Vermette beat Pekka Rinne for his fifth goal of the postseason.
The Predators were able to even up the score when Kevin...
The first round of the NHL playoffs wrapped up last night, and it was a perfect example of just how exciting the playoffs are.
Three out of the eight series went to a game seven, a one seed was knocked out and another was challenged, and there were 16 total games that went in overtime.
But what was more surprising to see was how well the defensive-orientated teams did against offensive...