Coyotes Comeback, But Can't Close in the Shootout

It was a valiant effort, but it wasn't quite enough as the Coyotes fell 4-3 to Nashville in the shoot out. The Coyotes were the first one's on the board as Lee Stempniak got one again as he wristed one past Rinne. It's his 10th goal in a Coyotes sweater. Other than that though, there wasn't much positive to say about the guys as they just kind of floated through the first two periods as the Predators started wracking up the goals. Ilya Bryzgalov played pretty well, but the defense failed to cover the guys it needed to and left a lot of wide open chances out there. 

Patric Horqvist, Steve SUllivan and Dan Hamhuis would all score as the Preds rattled off 3 unanswered. It looked like the Coyotes wouldn't be able to mount much of anything as they continued to play flat in the 3rd. Slowly though the chances started coming and the hard work and nice plays paid off. Keith Yandle made a spinning pass to the stick of Wojtek Wolski who lifted the puck in to close the gap to just one goal. Then Yandle put the next on in himself on a slapshot that just plain beat Rinne. 

The Coyotes nor the Preds could make anything happen in the Overtime though both teams had some great tries. Nashville would end up winning after David Legwand got Bryz to open up and went 5 hole on him. Just prior Radim Vrbata did his patented back hand that beat Rinne, but went off the post and the crossbar but not in.

Other Notes:

 

  • Adrian Aucoin missed his first shootout chance of his career tonight as Tippet put him in the top 3. He's the closer for a reason Tipp...
  • The two middle lines were juggled around a bit. The Czechs and Winnik-Noki-Korpi were the only ones consistently together. 
  • The forwards were the weak spot on D allowing guys to get into the slot pretty easily.
  • The Coyotes magic number is now just 1 point as Calgary lost tonight. 
  • There were only 3 penalties the entire game.
  • Chicago lost badly to Columbus so the Coyotes are just a point back of them, though with a San Jose win they'd be 2 behind the Sharks.
That's all I've got. I'm exhausted though so we'll see you in the morning for links.
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