Coyotes Vs. Predators, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 2: Phoenix Takes Control, Leads 4-2

After a fairly dominant first period in which they allowed the Nashville Predators to tie the game going into the first intermission, the Phoenix Coyotes did a much better job of turning their dominance into goals in the second period. They scored three times, but the Preds aren't out of it yet. They scored once on the power play in the second period, and the Coyotes lead 4-2 at the second intermission of Game 2.

Phoenix reclaimed the lead just 3:47 into the second period with a tap-in by Martin Hanzal, set up by some fantastic play from Ray Whitney and Radim Vrbata. Whitney started the move up the ice with a great pass to Vrbata, who blew by multiple defenders, then played a great pass from behind the net, through the legs of Pekka Rinne to find Hanzal.

Vrbata added a goal of his own a few minutes later to put Phoenix up 3-1, but the Coyotes would quickly throw away their two-goal lead. Whitney was called for slashing 9:24 into the period and the Predators capitalized through a Patric Hornqvist goal on the ensuing power play.

Just as quickly as the Coyotes gifted the Predators a goal, they earned one right back. Taylor Pyatt scored just 30 seconds after Hornqvist's goal in fantastic fashion, hitting a one-time shot out of midair after Rinne gave up a bad rebound on a Shane Doan shot.

Just 10 seconds before the period ended, Keith Yandle was called for slashing Mike Fisher. That should have given Nashville a minute and 50 seconds of power play time to start the third period, but Fisher retaliated after the whistle and was called for roughing, negating the power play.

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

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