Umm… how do I say this with the least amount of pain? I guess it’s like a Band-Aid and you just have to rip it off.
The Preds fell in Game 5 to the Phoenix Coyotes in a 2-1 game.
Okay no, that still hurt. No more ripping off bad news like Band-Aids.
I know hopes were high for this game. We had Radulov and Kostitsyn back in the line up and Phoenix was missing one of their top D-men, Klesla. Coach Trotz kept the anticipation up for the crowd, throwing together seemingly random lineups for each period to see who might give the Predators the right opportunity for scoring.
Can I just say it was interesting to watch Sergei Kostitsyn play on the fourth line? I mean what the what? He’s been on the first line for what seems like forever!
Line changes aside, Nashville brought the pressure tonight, outshooting the ‘Yotes 33-17. The Preds even managed to keep the penalty count down to one in this game! Did anyone know that could actually happen? But even with all the awesomeness from the team in the first period, they just couldn’t hold on for a Game 6.
The second period was all Phoenix. Derek Morris took home the first goal of the night four minutes in, going five hole after a teammate took a breakaway attempt. Martin Hanzel was up next on the board, again going five hole on Rinne with five minutes left in the period.
While Nashville had plenty of chances to score in both the first and second periods, their time didn’t come until the third with Colin Wilson. Wilson had his first playoff goal tonight on a tip-in from David Legwand, keeping the Preds from being shut out in their final game this season.
Well Predators, we’ve had a good run. I know I stand with you through good or bad and I already can’t wait for the new season to start! Let’s Go Preds!