Post-Game Musings: Game 2 at Phoenix

Sunday, 04.29.2012 / 9:23 PM CT / Nashville Predators Playoffs Coverage
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Post-Game Musings: Game 2 at Phoenix

Each time the Preds appeared to gain some momentum, Phoenix would take advantage of a Nashville misplay to wrestle momentum away from the Preds, en route to a 5-3 Coyotes win in Game 2 on Sunday evening. The Preds surrendered a goal to Pyatt just 30 seconds after Hornqvist’s power-play goal brought the Preds to 3-2 and temporarily quieted the crowd. Nashville again appeared to gain some momentum when Suter scored on the power-play 53 seconds into the third period, but the Preds struggled the remainder of the four-on-four and the Coyotes cashed in on a faceoff play at the 3:36 mark of the third to regain the two goal lead.

Pekka Rinne surrendered five goals, but he had little chance on each of the scoring plays and made a handful of big-time saves to give the Preds chances to hang around the game.

The Preds will have two days to regroup and refocus before Game 3 of the series back home in Nashville on Wednesday night.

Now on to the musings…

THREE MUSINGS:
Power-Play – Nashville scored two goals on the power-play and added a third on a delayed call. With teams trying to take away Weber’s big shot from the point, Suter stepped up firing the shots from the point on both of the Preds PPGs. In the second period, Hornqvist deflected Suter’s point shot to pull the Preds to 3-2. In the third period, Suter one-timed a feed from Weber to make the score 4-3.

Own Mistakes – Each of Phoenix’s five goals were the direct result of “detail” mistakes by the Preds. The first one was a bad puck decision by Klein followed in short order with poor read by Weber to leave Vermette wide open at the back door for an easy tap-in. The Preds defenders watched idly by as Coyotes trail forwards scored rebound attempts on Phoenix’s second and fourth goals. Legwand threw the puck into the center slot instead of the nearside corner to hand the Coyotes their fourth goal. Klein had a bad turnover early in the third period --- instead of an easy clear, and potential counter-attack opportunity --- which was bailed out by a tremendous save by Rinne, but the Coyotes scored right off the ensuing faceoff.

Momentum Changer One sequence early in the second period represented the biggest momentum swing in the game. With the Coyotes holding a 2-1 lead, the Preds put together a strong offensive flurry from the Legwand line, winning battles along the boards to keep possession alive and ultimately triggering a point shot from Klein that beat Smith, but rang off the far post. Phoenix got the rebound and counter-attacked, ending in Vrbata's goal to make it 3-1 just seconds after Klein's post that would have evened the score at two. The Coyotes lead the remainder of the way through to pick up the Game 2 win.

THREE STARS:
1) PHX F Radim Vrbata – 1 goal, 1 assist, +2, 3 shots on goal; the Vrbata-Hanzal-Whitney line was very good tonight; his goal gave Phoenix its initial two goal lead and established the tone for the remainder of the game
2) NSH D Ryan Suter – 1 goal, 1 assist, 30:20 ice time; game-high 6 shots on goal; keyed both of Nashville’s power-play goals; was dangerous from the point
3) PHX D Keith Yandle – 2 assists, +3, 26:50 ice time; drew primary assist on Phoenix’s first and third goals

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 54 11 27 -3 38
F. Forsberg 54 17 18 -7 35
S. Weber 54 14 21 -5 35
M. Ribeiro 54 6 27 2 33
J. Neal 54 19 13 18 32
M. Ekholm 54 6 18 3 24
R. Ellis 53 6 16 2 22
C. Smith 54 11 7 -2 18
C. Jarnkrok 53 9 8 0 17
C. Wilson 37 4 12 -1 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 18 7 .903 2.54
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36