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Sports Predators rebound against Coyotes in Game 2, but still face uphill challenge

02:01  05 august  2020
02:01  05 august  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Game 3 of the best-of-5 series is in Edmonton, the Western Conference hub city, on Wednesday ( 2 Bonino gave the Predators a 1-0 lead on a wrist shot from the right face -off circle at 7:50 of the first Arvidsson scored a power-play goal on a slap shot from the right face -off circle to make it 4-0 at 13:49

The Nashville Predators will look to even their best-of-five series with the Arizona Coyotes , as the two face off in Game 2 this afternoon (1:30 p.m. CT) from Edmonton. Roman Josi picked up two assists for his eighth career postseason multi-point game, the third-most in Preds history.

The Nashville Predators were mad Sunday. They got even Tuesday. They can begin to defy hockey history Wednesday.

The numbers going into Tuesday's 4-2 victory against the Arizona Coyotes didn't forecast favorable things for Nashville's hockey team.

Losers of the first game of a best-of-five series, which haven't been played in the NHL postseason since 1986, have advanced to the next round 15 times in 83 tries, or 18% of the time.

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The Predators rallied behind two goals by Filip Forsberg, the second midway through the third period, to cut Arizona's lead to 4-3. Darcy Kuemper, who stopped 40 shots, held off Nashville's late push and the Coyotes snatched momentum heading into Game 2 of the best-of-five series on Tuesday.

The Coyotes erased any Nashville momentum late in the second period when Grabner, Arizona's short-handed specialist, broke free on a Predators power play and beat Saros to make NOTES: Coyotes C Nick Schmaltz did not play after taking a shot to the head in Thursday's exhibition against Vegas.

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After falling to the Coyotes on Sunday, the Predators had a day to regroup and try to figure out how not to become an even more grim hockey statistic by falling behind 2-0 in the series Tuesday. Only one team has come back from such a deficit in such a series – the New York Islanders against the Washington Capitals in 1985.

a man wearing a helmet: Predators forward Nick Bonino congratulates goalie Juuse Saros after a 4-2 win against the Coyotes in Game 2. © Jeff Vinnick, Getty Images Predators forward Nick Bonino congratulates goalie Juuse Saros after a 4-2 win against the Coyotes in Game 2.

The Predators did just that, though, to even the series at one ahead of Game 3 on Wednesday in Edmonton.

Predators coach John Hynes stuck with the same lineup Tuesday, including goalie Juuse Saros, who made several saves during a first-period fury that was sandwiched by goals from Nick Bonino and Ryan Johansen for a 2-0 lead.

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The Predators and Coyotes last faced off in postseason play in 2012 when the Coyotes needed only five games to advance from the Western Conference "We had two good games against them (in the regular season). They' re definitely a fast-paced team. They like to play that north-south game like we

"We've constantly said we feel great about both of our goaltenders," Hynes told Fox Sports Tennessee. "That's no different. He played solid."

So did the Predators early on Tuesday, unlike Sunday, when the Coyotes took a quick 3-0 lead in the first.

"I don't think it's a problem," Predators forward Filip Forsberg said of slow starts after Sunday's game. "I'm sure you can go back and look at situations (where it was). (It) definitely doesn't have anything to do with experience, but it's something we have to be better at that certain moment."

The Predators carried that momentum into the second period when Calle Jarnkrok put them ahead 3-0. Viktor Arvidsson made it 4-0 late in the third.

Meanwhile, Saros upped his postseason starts streak to two Tuesday, a couple of days after ending Pekka Rinne's streak at 89.

Rinne is likely to start Game 3 Wednesday because of the unique back-to-back playoff games after Saros made 24 saves Tuesday but lost the shutout when the Coyotes scored twice in nine seconds with a little less than a minute remaining.

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[WATCH: All Coyotes vs. Predators highlights]. It was the first postseason win for the Coyotes since defeating the Los Angeles Kings 2-0 in Game 4 of the "I can't answer (who will start Game 2 ) but I liked [Saros'] game," Predators coach John Hynes said. "He had some situations where I thought he

Arizona Coyotes 4, Nashville Predators 3 ( Coyotes lead series 1-0). Pekka Rinne‘s run of 89 consecutive playoff starts came to an end for the Predators on Sunday when Juuse Saros got the call against the Coyotes . The Predators attempted to rally and make it a game late in the third period

Meanwhile, the Coyotes lost a goalie who wasn't even playing. Antti Raanta left the bench during the second period and was deemed "unfit to play" by the team. Raanta appeared to have taken a puck to the head during pregame warmups. Should he not be able to play Wednesday, the Coyotes might have to start Darcy Kuemper for the third time in four days or go with their third-stringer, Adin Hill.

After committing six penalties in Game 1, Hynes expected his team to reduce that number Tuesday in Game 2. Then Forsberg was called for tripping five seconds in.

Still, the Predators were flagged for just three penalties and didn't allow a power-play goal.

"The guys understand it," Hynes told Fox Sports Tennessee before the game. "We addressed it. I'm confident it will be better."

"Just like any game there's great things and not so good things you can learn from," Forsberg said on Fox Sports Tennessee's pregame show Tuesday. "The third period (Sunday) was our best. That gives the team a lot of confidence."

The Predators showed some fight early, too. Mikael Granlund, not known for physical play, dished out a big hit during the first period.

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Arizona Coyotes celebrate a goal against there Nashville Predators during the first period NHL qualifying round game action in Edmonton, on The Coyotes made the most of their first postseason appearance since 2012 early, scoring three goals in the opening period on their way to building a 4-1

Two goals in the third period gave the Nashville Predators life, but they were unable to erase the three-goal deficit they suffered in the first frame. Nashville fell in Game 1 to the Arizona Coyotes , 4-3, on Sunday afternoon. The victory gives Arizona a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series, with Games 2 and 3

Taylor Hall and Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis dropped the gloves with a little less than three minutes left in the first. The squabble didn't last long, and each was assessed a minor penalty, which they didn't learn of until after they'd retreated to their respective locker rooms thinking they'd been called for five-minute majors.

"That's the biggest thing, the discipline, and we need to change that," captain Roman Josi said Monday.

And so they did. And so the Predators shifted the numbers a bit more into their favor.

Reach Paul Skrbina at pskrbina@tennessean.com and follow him on Twitter @PaulSkrbina.

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Predators rebound against Coyotes in Game 2, but still face uphill challenge


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