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by Paul on 05/08/12 at 12:41 PM ET
from David Climer of The Tennessean,
For the Nashville Predators, the Stanley Cup vision turned out to be nothing more than a mirage in the Arizona desert.
What went wrong? Let me count the ways:
• Bad matchup: Phoenix was the wrong opponent at the wrong time. The Coyotes played tough, relentless hockey and got superior goaltending. In short, they out-Predatored the Predators.
• Bad chemistry: All those roster moves before and at the trade deadline, plus the late addition of Alexander Radulov, were supposed to fortify the Predators for a deep playoff run. They didn’t. Something was amiss.
• Bad karma: Twice in the second period of Game 5 here on Monday, the Predators had shots glance off the post. When things are going right, those find the net. When things are going wrong, they ricochet away. These ricocheted away.
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