GLENDALE AZ - NOVEMBER 03: Derek Morris #53 of the Phoenix Coyotes skates with the puck past Jordin Tootoo #22 of the Nashville Predators during the NHL game at Arena on November 3 2010 in Glendale Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Phoenix Coyotes Vs. Nashville Predators, NHL Playoffs 2012: Complete Series Coverage

Stick with this StoryStream for complete coverage of the Nashville Predators and Phoenix Coyotes in the Western Conference Semifinals. Game 1: Coyotes 4, Predators 3 (OT) Game 2: Coyotes 5, Predators 3 For everything on the Coyotes, check in with Five For Howling. For everything on the Predators, check in with On the Forecheck.

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Phoenix Coyotes Shake Off Distractions, Advance To Western Conference Final

There have been distractions for the Phoenix Coyotes for years, and there were distractions on Monday night. But in chasing their first-ever Stanley Cup, the Coyotes continue to brush their off-ice saga aside.


NHL Playoffs 2012, Coyotes Vs. Predators Game 5: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

Phoenix and Nashville will meet in Game 5 Monday as the Predators attempt to stave off elimination.


Predators Vs. Coyotes, Game 4 Lineup: Nashville To Keep Alex Radulov, Andrei Kostitsyn Off Ice

The Predators will go with the same lineup in Game 4 as the one it employed in its Game 3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes, and that means Alex Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn will remain sidelined following their one game team-imposed suspension for staying out too late after Game 2 in Arizona.

Head coach Barry Trotz announced the news before Game 4, opting not to fix what isn't broken. Radulov told reporters in his post-practice press availability that he thinks the coach made the right call.

A plurality of readers at Predators blog On the Forecheck voted Thursday in favor of keeping the same lineup for Game 4, a decision that means Matt Halischuk and Jordin Tootoo will remain in the lineup for the huge game at Bridgestone Arena on Friday evening. A Nashville win evens the series at 2-2, while a Phoenix win gives the Coyotes a commanding 3-1 series lead heading into Game 5 on home ice.

We have full coverage of Game 4 between the Predators and Coyotes in our StoryStream. For more on the Predators, check in with On the Forecheck, and for more on the Coyotes, check in with Five For Howling.


Predators Vs. Coyotes, Game 3: Lineup Versatility Helps Nashville Go Back To Basics

Playing without Alex Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn in Game 3? No problem for Nashville, as their depth helped them adjust to their old playing style and get back in the series with Phoenix.


Nashville Predators Suspend Alex Radulov, Andrei Kostitsyn For Game 3 After Violating Team Rules

Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn have been suspended for Game 3 against the Coyotes after violating team rules.


Predators Vs. Coyotes, Game 2: Blueline Production Key In Phoenix Win

The Coyotes realized they'd need to do better in terms of puck possession in Game 2. They did just that, and the inclusion of their defensemen in the offensive game was a major part of the improved pressure on the Predators' defense.


Coyotes Vs. Predators, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 2: Phoenix Wins 5-3, Takes 2-Game Series Lead

The Phoenix Coyotes have defended their home ice with two great performances in Arizona in the first two games of their Western Conference semifinal series, and perhaps just as importantly, they have figured out Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne. The Coyotes offense was able to score and create shots in bunches for the second straight game, and they take a 2-0 lead to Nashville after pulling off a 5-3 victory in Game 2.

Phoenix was in control from start to finish, but they let Nashville keep the game close with one breakaway goals and two goals on the power play. Antoine Vermette scored the first goal of the game early in the first period, capitalizing on a great pass by Keith Yandle, but Nashville would tie the game before the intermission. On their only great scoring chance of the first period, Kevin Klein set up Andrei Kostitsyn on a two-on-one break, and he finished off the move to make it 1-1.

The Coyotes took the lead back with two goals in just over seven minutes to start the third period, with Martin Hanzal and Radim Vrbata scoring the goals. Phoenix appeared to be fully in control of the game until Ray Whitney was whistled for a penalty halfway through the second period, which led to a power play goal by Patric Hornqvist to cut the Coyotes' lead to 3-2. They retook a two-goal lead just 30 seconds later, thanks to Taylor Pyatt, who batted a rebound out of the air and into the back of the net for a goal.

Two penalties at the end of the second period set up a four-on-four, and that quickly became a four-on-three for Nashville when Vrbata was whistled for interference 22 seconds into the third period. Nashville capitalized and cut Phoenix's lead to one goal again through Ryan Suter, assisted by Shea Weber and Martin Erat.

Once again, Phoenix answered quickly. Shane Doan scored 3:36 into the third period, doing a great job to deflect a shot by Derek Morris to give Rinne very little chance to react and make a save.

With a two-goal lead in the third period, the Coyotes began to play a slightly more conservative style of hockey. They locked things up and went totally defensive with around six minutes remaining, and Nashville had no answer. They pulled Rinne and brought on a sixth skater with well over two minutes remaining, but couldn't find a goal to get back into the game.

For more on the two teams, check in with Predators blog On the Forecheck and Coyotes blog Five For Howling.


Coyotes Vs. Predators, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 1: Ray Whitney Goal Wins It For Phoenix, 4-3

A late power-play goal by Martin Erat tied the game between the Phoenix Coyotes and Nashville Predators at 3-3 and ultimately forced the game into overtime. In sudden death overtime, the two teams played it tight, but the Coyotes were able to sneak away with a victory and take the early lead in the series 1-0.

The Coyotes' Ray Whitney picked up the game-winning goal with just over five minutes left in the overtime period, assisted by Martin Hanzal. The Coyotes won the face off deep in Preds territory, and Whitney just happened to be at the right spot to nearly immediately punch in the game winner.

As you can see by the reaction of winger Sergei Kostitsyn, the Predators are not happy with the loss and going down 1-0 early in the seven game series.

We have full coverage of Game 1 between the Coyotes and Predators in our StoryStream. For the Nashville perspective, check in with Predators blog On the Forecheck, and for the Phoenix perspective, check in with Coyotes blog Five For Howling.


Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012, Predators Vs. Coyotes Preview: Defense, Goaltending To Dominate

The Phoenix Coyotes defeated the Chicago Blackhawks with solid goaltending and defense, but how do they matchup against the talented and also defensively responsible Nashville Predators?


NHL Playoff Schedule 2012, Phoenix Coyotes Vs. Nashville Predators: Game Times, TV Coverage And More

The Coyotes and Predators aren't the sexiest teams in the NHL, but their second round playoff series should be entertaining nonetheless.


NHL Playoffs 2012, Coyotes Vs. Predators Game 1: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

The Phoenix Coyotes and Nashville Predators face-off in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Friday at 9 p.m. ET.

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