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Discuss: Rinne shuts out Coyotes to get Preds back in series

May 2, 2012, 11:49 PM EDT

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For at least one night, Pekka Rinne was the best goalie on the ice in the Nashville Predators-Phoenix Coyotes series. A Mike Smith puckhandling gaffe opened the door for scoring and the Predators built an early 2-0 lead they never relinquished to get back in the series. Phoenix’s series lead shrinks to 2-1.

  • Here’s the unavoidable question: should Barry Trotz indeed sit Alex Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn once again? If so, why?
  • Coyotes fans: do you just have to live with Smith’s occasional miscues because he’s so talented at handling the puck or should he “rein it in” a bit?
  • This was probably the first game in the series that really followed the script we expected in this series: one team (the Predators) built an early lead and managed to nurse it to victory. Which team is better suited for such a style? (I know it’s splitting hairs.)
  • Where do you rank “throwing catfish” in the fan interaction power rankings?
  • Finally, how “back in” the series do you think Nashville really is. Will they turn it around and win the series or will the Coyotes overwhelm them?
  1. eggserino - May 2, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Did Radulov score?!

  2. yotesfan3 - May 3, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    Have to live with smiths miscues! The hockey gods just were not on the yotes side tonight. 2 cheap goals of good bounces for the preds on both offense and defense. It happens

    • vshehane - May 3, 2012 at 1:04 AM

      It will happen again Friday night. Pekka didn’t have any miscues.

      • johnguelff - May 3, 2012 at 3:25 AM

        he did in game one and two

      • vshehane - May 3, 2012 at 10:27 AM

        And so did Smith. So what is your point?

  3. underwoodsbeard - May 3, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Well coyote fan let me educate you the same way I educated Detroit fan. Cheap goals don’t exist. A goal is a goal, we put it in the net, you didn’t. Live with it, excuse maker.

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