Predators netminders (picture c/o flickr.com/bridgetds)
Hey guys! You might recognize me as responsible for the Capitals coverage
! And if you know anything about the Caps, you know they went to 3 OT last night. And that maybe fans of them might not be responsible for the choices they made during that game. ANYWAY, my point is that now I will provide you with Coyotes coverage, regardless of anything else that may have happened across the league. I love the Coyotes! I have a wild soft spot for the obscure, “shouldn’t win” southern market teams, and I hate all the O-6 teams except the Leafs (but I can’t admit that or else Kat
will kill me)!
Point is: things were not admirable for the Yotes, unfortch. I was rooting for them 100% except for the parts of me that couldn’t be spared for the Caps game, but they completely failed to convert. They let David “1st ever draft pick” Legwand and Mike “Mr. Underwood” Fisher get up in the first period, and never got it back. What a shame. (Anyone think Sergei “Little Tits” Kostitsyn was annoyed his brother got suspended? That was his first playoff point this season.)
Well, it’s a shame in the sense that they lost, which sucks for the Coyotes faithful. On the other hand, Mike Smith let in only 2 goals in 3 periods, on the road, in front of a desperate home crowd that was down 0-2. Hell, that he only let in 2 goals is pretty astounding (.923sv% is still pretty goddamn good). I’d lay the blame on his team for being unable to retaliate, not than his shoulders. Nashville pretty much shut down the Coyotes after the first, which is admirable, seeing as how Pekka Rinne still faced 32 shots and Mike Smith only faced 26, despite Nashville having the world class D-pairing of Ryan Suter and Shea Weber, who both had upwards of 27 minutes TOI.
Phoenix had 4 PP opportunities and Nashville had 5, but neither team managed to convert despite expending their best players on every opportunity. With both goals being scored so quickly by the Predators, this game felt more like a statement than anything: even if we suspend two players you may have considered key, we’re still a threat. Don’t get complacent. It’s a lesson that’s well to be learned around the league: there’s nothing assured in the playoffs. You can back in accidentally, or you can decimate your competition, but underneath it all, everyone’s the same. #Becauseit’sthecup!
The Coyotes lead 2-1 against the Predators. Game 4 is on Friday at 7:30 on NBCSports. Be there or be a northern market traditionalist skeptic!
A.K. Adams is the Washington Capitals reporter, which means she adores seeing rando southern teams succeed, right up until they challenge her Caps.