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Discuss: Coyotes baffle Rinne, Predators to take 2-0 series lead

Apr 29, 2012, 10:54 PM EDT

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Raise your hand if you thought the Phoenix Coyotes and Nashville Predators would score 15 goals between them. Keep that hand up if you thought that would happen within the first two games of the series.

The opening pairing of contests has been a surprise track meet and the Coyotes are leaving the Predators in the dust. After scratching and clawing to win Game 1, Phoenix absolutely dominated Nashville 5-3 in Game 2 to take a 2-0 series lead.

Let’s get chatting.

  • It’s one thing for Mike Smith to outshine Corey Crawford, but what about Pekka Rinne? It’s not fair to single Rinne out totally when his defense cratered in front of him, yet it’s still shocking. Can Rinne get it back together?
  • Is Barry Trotz getting out-foxed by Dave Tippett? Should Trotz consider going with talented but rarely used backup Anders Lindback in Game 3?
  • What, exactly, happened to the Predators defense?
  • Subjective city: is Phoenix better than we thought or is Nashville weaker than expected?
  • The one plus is that the series shifts back to Nashville. Can they get it back together considering the fact that the Coyotes have their first 2-0 series lead since they were the Winnipeg Jets in 1987?
  • Alex Radulov, David Legwand and Kevin Klein rank as some of the most-blamed players in Game 2. What must be done to turn their games around? Should any of them watch Game 3 from the press box?
  1. irishwhiskie - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Fix the jacked up thread title; Yotes have the 2-0 series lead

    • azsteeldog - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:23 PM

      Title, although a bit ambiguous, is correct. Just says desert dogs baffled both the goalie and the team as a whole to take a 2-0 lead. Go Yotes!

  2. prov1x - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    It’s not Pekka, it’s the lousy D in front of him. Klein and Josi were horrible tonight. Phoenix working harder than Nashville right now.

  3. rangersrule - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    Coyotes played hard the first 2 games I expect them to win in 5-6 but there are NO MATCH to the teams of the east quite frankly none of the western teams are

    • blomfeld - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:51 PM

      Looking for Trouble ?

      hey pal …ever heard of a team called the Los Angeles Kings ?

  4. blomfeld - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Congrats to Lehman Brothers !

    Sorry about that friends … I meant to say the Coyotes ! At any rate, you do have to give these guys credit for playing the way they are while being on financial life-support ! It’s fascinating in a way, as it sure does speak volumes about the pride of NHL hockey players, eh ? Say what you will, but Canadian and American hockey players are in my opinion, the most honest and “values-driven” athletes of all ! :) … of course the Euro’s are good too, but they just don’t have the same heart and resolve when the going gets tough ! … never did, never will …

    *** Yesterday at a shoe store somewhere in Sweden ***

    Henrik: Ja, look at these new leather clogs brother !

    Daniel: Ja, they look absolutely marvelous ! … shall we buy ourselves a pair ?

    Henrik: Ja, I think we should … but don’t do you think that Alaine would like a pair too ?

    Daniel: Ja, I think he would ! … not to mention Kess, Loo and that cannibal Burrows !

    Henrik: Ja brother, lets buy these clogs for the entire team then !

    Daniel: Ja, I think we should do that !

    Henrik: Ja !

    Daniel: Ja !

    • bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:01 AM

      Lidstrom, Nickalus
      Forsberg, Peter
      Kurri, Jari
      Holmstrom, Thomas
      Jagr, Jaromir
      Fedorov, Sergei
      Konstantinov, Vladamir

      Not sure why you try to include Americans on your list
      The highest scoring “American” is Brett Hull who wanted to play for Canada at one point and was rejected.
      And after Hull it’s Adam Oates.

      I count at least 5 Europeans who have done so much more than any American hockey player ever has in his life.

      Sorry but these are the facts
      “never did, never will” – Foolishness

      • bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:08 AM

        Jari Kurri 200 playoff games
        105 goals 129 assists
        3rd all time

        Jagr 176 games
        78 goals 110 assist
        8th all time

        Lidstrom 263 games
        54 goals 129 assists
        12th all time

        Fedorov 183 games
        52 goals 124 assists
        15th all time

        Peter Forsberg 151 games
        64 goals 107 assists
        18th all time

        Adam Oates is 25th, Modano 30th

        So ya, don’t lump American hockey with Canadian, and don’t lump the Fembots in Vancouver with the rest of the Europeans.

      • blomfeld - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:08 AM

        “don’t lump the Fembots in Vancouver with the rest of the Europeans.”

        friend, that is positively beautiful ! … I know that we kid around here a lot, but on this one I’m with you 100%, even though my gut hurts because I’m laughing so hard ! :) … look, I live about 2 miles from “fembot central” here in Vancouver and so I “know the deal” with that … nonetheless, any real hockey fan knows that “flakes” come from all countries … just as there’s good & bad, fat and skinny, smart & dumb from all countries … my point is however, that hockey is “indigenous” to us North Americans, while the same cannot be said for the Euros … before WW2, there was no organized hockey “so to speak of” in Europe like there was here in North America … we invented this game and therefore it’s in our blood … and when something is in your blood, your zeal and passion takes you above all else, especially during trying times !

        ps: please note that when I include our American brothers, I’m referring to the northern-based “Yankee” teams (ie: those teams located within 300 miles of the Canadas) … apart from our glorious LA Kings, hockey is simply not indigenous to the cities and folk of the former “Confederacy”, God bless them all the same … just as hockey isn’t indigenous to the people of Rome, Berlin, Amsterdam or Vienna …

  5. hines86for6 - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    Preds were certainly outplayed tonight. Only suter, erat, and andrei kostitsyn had good games.

    Time to break up the Klein-Josi pairing as i think they were on the ice for 4 of the 5 Gs.
    Bump Klein back to 3rd with Buillon and reunite Gill and Josi who were great in the Reg Season.

    Preds are down but not out. If Phoenix can win B2B at home, so can we.

    Long series

  6. mydadyourmom - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    When did Adam Oates become American?

  7. proudliberal85392 - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    How about a Coyotes-Kings Western final?

    • blomfeld - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:11 AM

      that would be nice :)

  8. hockeyknowledge - Apr 30, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    apparently beating the Red Wings comes with a price.

  9. metroplexfrog - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    The Coyotes’ are just playing better right now. Let’s don’t crown them champs just yet.

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:35 AM

      That’s the NHL’s job :)

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