Coyotes Don't Play Dead, Rock Predators in 5-2 Win

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 07: Shane Doan #19 of the Phoenix Coyotes celebrates with teammates Wojtek Wolski #86, Keith Yandle #3 and Zbynek Michalek #4 after Doan scored a third period goal against the Nashville Predators during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on April 7, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Predators 5-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

In a game that we could have just laid down, and in fact some fans were encouraging the team to do so, the Coyotes showed up big in a 5-2 win to clinch the 4th seed in the west and Home Ice Advantage at least in the first round. 

That being said the Coyotes didn't get off to a very good start when Shea Weber ripped one past Ilya Bryzgalov when the Preds won an early offensive zone face off. It was only :12 seconds into the game. What was nice to see though is that the Coyotes didn't sit back and let it get them down they came right back and tied it up on their first shot of the game when Kauri Korpikoski ran away with a Nashville turnover. He just kicked the speed up a notch and just got Pekka Rinne coming out of the net, took a hard left and just tapped in an easy one after making the hard skating play. 

The Second was a disorganized period that saw both teams turning it over with some frequency. It was just going back and forth until late in the period. Wojtek Wolski snuck behind the Nashville D to the far blueline. Keith Yandle saw him from behind our own net and made one nice stretch pass. Wolski made a similar move to Korpikoski's earlier and just lifted it high stick side on Rinne to make it 2-1 Coyotes. 

The Predators would again tie the game with 6 seconds left in a power play. Cody Franson took a shot from the point that missed wide, but bounced straight back out to the slot off the board. Steve Sullivan just reacted quickly and put it in before Bryzgalov could get back into position. At the halfway point Taylor Pyatt put the Coyotes up yet again. The whole play started with a big save by Byrz on our end. The Coyotes charged down the ice and set up the play quickly. Lee Stempniak got the puck in the corner and just walked it up to the hashmarks and passed to a wide open Pyatt who scored it. The Coyotes weren't done yet though as Shane Doan finally broke his scoreless streak but potting a close up goal. Wojtek Wolski sent it just to the side of the net and Doan just wristed it in. Finally! Now he can just go back to business as usual and not worry about breaking anything or getting out of a slump. Petteri Nokelainen would get the final goal late with the empty net. 

It wasn't the best played game for the first two periods, but it was good enough. Those last 10 minutes though really showed how dangerous the Coyotes can be. They better bring that game for 60 minutes once the playoffs get under way. 

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