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Discuss: Coyotes get yet another OT winner, take series opener

Apr 28, 2012, 12:27 AM EDT

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 27: Mike Smith #41 of the Phoenix Coyotes makes his way to the ice for warm-ups prior to facing the Nashville Predators in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Arena on April 27, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

Phoenix had a 3-2 lead through 40 minutes, but they were absolutely overwhelmed in the third period. The Predators managed to tie the game with just 4:42 minutes to spare. Still, as they were able to do several times against Chicago in the first round, the Coyotes came through in overtime to earn a 4-3 victory and take a 1-0 series lead.

Here’s a few interesting points:

  • After going scoreless in the opening round, Phoenix’s Radim Vrbata and Nashville’s Brandon Yip each found the back of the net in the first period.
  • Phoenix had a league-leading 94.7 penalty killing percentage in the first round and Nashville had a poor 9.1% power-play success rate. Despite that, the Predators got a critical late goal with the man advantage.
  • Six of the Coyotes’ seven playoff games have gone to overtime.
  • Nashville out shot Phoenix 16-1 in the third period and 42-24 overall.
  1. johnguelff - Apr 28, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    …umm the coyotes did not outshoot the preds…where are you getting this info?? Nash 42- Pho-24

  2. creek0512 - Apr 28, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    Do you really think Nashville only had 8 shots combined in the first 2 periods and OT? Your last sentence is incorrect.

  3. prov1x - Apr 28, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    You got your shot count backwards. Nashville dominated the third period and OT. Sunday will be different.

  4. creek0512 - Apr 28, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    Does anyone on your website read what they post? There are errors and typos in almost every article.

  5. wisbadgers - Apr 28, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    What a game!!! We are all just players in Mike Smith’s game.
    Nashville is a tough team who I’m sure will rebound next game but this is Mike Smith’s night.

    It’s gotta kill the Blackhawk fans to see two phenomenal goalies playing awesome hockey right now!!!!

  6. underwoodsbeard - Apr 28, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    Man, heck of a game by the Yotes to hang in there and a great hustle goal by Whitney to win it. Hoping the Preds can bounce back and convert better Sunday. Gotta tip your hat to Mike Smith and the Phoenix centers.

  7. wj4122 - Apr 28, 2012 at 5:51 AM

    With smith anything is possible!! But one has to be worried about Phoenix and how little shots on net the offense puts up. It’s enough to get the job done so far I guess but they will not be able to get away with that deeper into the playoffs.

  8. saintmac9 - Apr 28, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    Got to give it to yotes they just keep fighting and I love it. I hope they get through to the next round and than stay in Arizona lets go yotes!!!!

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