Radim Vrbata gave the Phoenix Coyotes a 1-0 lead with a power play goal at the 7:23 mark of the first period, but an awkward bounce about seven minutes later gave the home team quite the disadvantage in Game 1 of this Western Conference Semifinal series.
The puck was whipped into the Phoenix end and goaltender Mike Smith came out of his net to play it behind the net, but it never found its way there. It took a funny hop off the glass and back out in front of the net, and when Brandon Yip put it on goal, Smith failed to recover in time. Yip's goal came at the 14:09 mark of the period, and it tied the score at 1-1.
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.