Phoenix Coyotes @ Nashville Predators Recap: Of Cats and Almost Comebacks

Frederick Breedon

The Coyotes put up a tough fight to come back from a 3-0 deficit but it wasn't enough as they fell 4-2 to the Nashville Predators.

The first meeting of these two teams saw the Predators with a three goal lead in the first and a nothing less than epic comeback by the Coyotes in the rest of the game. However, in their second meeting, the Desert Dogs weren't as skilled nor lucky, leading to a 4-2 loss for the the Coyotes' third straight defeat since their four game break.

To call the first period a shot-for-shot remake of the Oct. 31 game wouldn't be out of the question. Just over a minute into the period, Nashville's Nick Spaling shot the puck past Mike Smith giving the Predators a lead that they kept for the rest of the game. Somewhat unphased, the Coyotes went back to the attack in more back and forth action. But after eight minutes, Carrie Underwood's husband...I mean Mike Fisher scored his fourth of the season and taking the Preds to a 2-0 lead. The Coyotes tried to regain the momentum but as the period dragged on, the defense began to falter again allowing breakaway, 2-on-1 and 3-on-1 opportunities. No defense in that condition can last forever and at 18:27 (just a three second difference from their first bout) Nashville scored their third goal of the night courtesy of Gabriel Bourque giving them a three goal lead at the end of the first for the second (and thanks the the realignment last) time this season.

The second period had the Coyotes coming out strong. With a goal at 9:34 from Mikkel Boedker and another from Tim Kennedy four minutes later. It looked like the Yotes would be having an encore of the Halloween performance. But, this comeback came at a cost. With 6:38 remaining in the second period captain Shane Doan left the ice not to return for the rest of the game. Officials say it is a lower body injury. A penalty was also assessed to Rich Clune for boarding Oliver Ekman-Larsson leading to the only power play of the entire game. Not much came of it with the Coyotes leaving for the locker room having closed the gap to 3-2.

The third period saw the Coyotes' best performance, perhaps not in goal scoring but in controlling the puck. For the only time in the game the Coyotes lead in shots on goal with 12 to Nashville's five. A power shift was obvious, the Yotes were in control but it wasn't enough. As the period drew to a close Mike Smith headed to the bench and after a hard fought 6-on-5 battle a clearing attempt from Shea Weber found the empty goal giving Nashville the 4-2 lead they took with them into the locker room 35 seconds later.

Paw Prints

  • This game had Antione Vermette at 29% in the circle and the team in general at 43.4%.
  • With his early exit from the game Shane Doan's eight game point streak came to an end.
  • For third straight game, the Coyotes have lead their opponents in shots.
  • The Coyotes are now 5-5-2 on the road, their same record after 12 road games last season.

Our Three Stars

1. Shea Weber- With a goal, a plus two rating and a wowing 26:50 of ice time Shea Weber earned tonight's top spot.

2. Mike Fisher- Also plus two but with a goal Fisher had a fantastic night.

3. Martin Hanzal- He lead the team in shots and hits and with an assist to boot earned himself the third spot.

Looking Ahead

The Phoenix Coyotes will be taking on the Minnesota Wild at Excel Energy Center on Wednesday in a pre-Thanksgiving match-up.  Puck drop is at 6 p.m. Arizona time and the game can be seen on Channel 3 KTVK or heard on Coyotes radio affiliate KMVP 860AM.

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