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Phoenix Beats Nashville To Go Up 2-0 In The Series

The Coyotes keep winning while Nashville doesn’t look like the same team that beat Detroit.

Anyone surprised by the 2-0 lead?

Here’s the winning goal from Taylor Pyatt in the 5-3 victory.

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MoreShoot's avatar

Only a little surprised, actually. 1. Detroit was serving up goals on a platter. I knew Phx would be harder on the puck. 2. When Phx took it to the Hawks in Chicago to close out the series, I thought they looked like a team that had it going. Their puck support is terrific right now.

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/30/12 at 01:20 AM ET

awould's avatar

Phoenix is playing with a lot of grit and actually going to the net. Rinne does not look like the same goalie though.

I believe Phoenix has a good chance of making the Finals. In this series, they look like the better team.

Posted by awould on 04/30/12 at 01:33 AM ET

NIVO's avatar

not surprised at all. Go Faunix! Suck it Inbredators!

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 04/30/12 at 01:35 AM ET

Riviera's avatar

As a lifetime Wings fan living in Phoenix, I like this a lot.

Posted by Riviera from Phoenix on 04/30/12 at 01:44 AM ET

Luongo-is-my-hero's avatar

Rooting for phoenix big time here!  I love what they have done this season, considering how they have had to build this team. Smith has been a Monster

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 04/30/12 at 01:49 AM ET

DocF's avatar

Phoenix has one of the two best coaches in hockey.  Dave Tippet really gets it.  Barry Trotz handed mikey babcock his heinie on a platter, but he is not able to out coach this guy.  Is Phoenix the better team?  No.  Are they likely to win the series?  Very likely because Tippet has them playing a team game.

Perhaps the first thing that Trotz needs to do is get Tootoo back in the game.

Doc

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 04/30/12 at 02:15 AM ET

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Rinne looks like a different goalie, because he isn’t getting the same defensive support he did versus Detriot. Rinne is a rebound machine if you keep it away from that trapper. Phoenix is jumping on those rebounds driving the net, and getting those second chance opportunities. Whereas Detroit would be one and done. I said before Rinne was a good goalie, but he wasn’t unbeatable. Nobody for Detroit seemed to want to drive the net for a rebound and when they did, it always seemed like someone was there to back up Rinne.

Posted by T on 04/30/12 at 02:46 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

There’s something to be said for what the Coyotes gave Detroit that helped them dig themselves a hole against San Jose when the teams tangled two springs ago…A week off. It’s incredibly, incredibly difficult to readjust to playoff intensity, never mind the higher level of intensity in the second round, if you haven’t played for a full seven days, and the Coyotes were ready to pounce on the Predators’ lack of activity, especially after a relatively simple series against a team which didn’t have much confidence in itself.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 04/30/12 at 03:51 AM ET

w2j2's avatar

I wonder if the Preds were so satisfied with finally beating the Red Wings that they have lost their edge.

Posted by w2j2 on 04/30/12 at 08:18 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Watched the game last night. Glad Phoenix won.  I did however, have a problem with the announcers using the term The Grind Line.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grind_Line

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!! in 13

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/30/12 at 09:20 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

The Predators are playing like they caught the ol’ San Jose Syndrome.

Phoenix is playing very well and has a very good system in place for escaping Nashville’s forecheck.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/30/12 at 10:03 AM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

Nashville playing isn’t any different than they did in the first round. Phoenix is just doing what you have to do to be successful in the playoffs. They’re getting their nose dirty.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 04/30/12 at 10:19 AM ET

Nathan's avatar

I don’t think it is just an issue of Phoenix working harder and having a better coach (though I think both of those are true of this series). I think Phoenix is a lot more talented than people want to give them credit for.

Doan, Whitney, Langkow, Aucoin, and Morris are all veterans with a ton of experience. None were ever top-end stars, but they’ve all had their days where they were close, and if anything stays with you as you get older, it’s the raw talent and smarts for the game.

Hanzal, Boedker, Yandle, and Ekman-Larsson have had times where their development was underwhelming, but now that Tippet has brought stability to the club, those guys all look like the top-end talents they thought they were getting.

Vermette and Roszival were both guys that prior teams had fairly high expectations for. With Vermette in particular, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him become the consistent two-way scorer he has the skills to be if he stays in PHX. He never had consistency in Columbus but geez, that has to be in large part because of the inconsistent environment down there.

And we all know Smith’s story. Looked to be the next big thing when he was with Tippet in Dallas. Finally gets back with a familiar coach and a good goalie coach and is showing what we thought he could do back before the Tampa Bay disaster.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 04/30/12 at 11:00 AM ET

awould's avatar

I did however, have a problem with the announcers using the term The Grind Line. 

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/30/12 at 07:20 AM ET

They call it the Prime Line, not Grind Line. The jersey’s of the guys on the line are all prime numbers… 11, 13, 17.

Posted by awould on 04/30/12 at 12:26 PM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

They call it the Prime Line, not Grind Line. The jersey’s of the guys on the line are all prime numbers… 11, 13, 17.
Posted by awould on 04/30/12 at 10:26 AM ET

NERDS!!!!
Hahahaha…..

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 04/30/12 at 01:01 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

They call it the Prime Line, not Grind Line. The jersey’s of the guys on the line are all prime numbers… 11, 13, 17.

Posted by awould on 04/30/12 at 10:26 AM ET

Oops. My bad. I guess my sense of hearing is really bad. Too many good concerts.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/30/12 at 01:44 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

I dug out my desert dogs sweater. I’m hoping for a PHX/NJD finals. Gary’s parity should put these two “contenders” up for the cup. When ratings tank, maybe we can look at parity more.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/30/12 at 03:42 PM ET

Buck's avatar

@Kate From Pa:  Don’t feel bad… I heard “Grind Line,” too.

And… surprised?  Yes.  Even after watching the Chicago series.

Posted by Buck from The High Plains of New Mexico on 04/30/12 at 04:49 PM ET

John W.'s avatar

I’m not really all that surprised.  After watching the Wings series and now this, it’s pretty evident what the problem was.  The Wings try to score stationary and cycle goals while staying to the outside.  To score in the playoffs today you have to use speed on the rush and have multiple guys driving the net.  The Wings are still trying to score goals based on talent alone, but it plays right into most teams hands these days.  You have to score like Phoenix does, get as many guys to the net as fast as you can and shoot the puck low.  Dirty goals, dirty goals, dirty goals. 

And that’s why these teams that essentially have 12 2nd/3rd line forwards do so well.  They know they can’t win on skill alone, so they work for it.  And teams like Chicago and Detroit have struggled the last few years, assuming the Datsyuk’s, Kanes, and Hossa’s will provide all the highlight reel goals that they do in the regular season, when what you need is 12 tenacious forwards that grind it out.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 04/30/12 at 05:12 PM ET

aaron in phoenix's avatar

And that’s why these teams that essentially have 12 2nd/3rd line forwards do so well.  They know they can’t win on skill alone, so they work for it… what you need is 12 tenacious forwards that grind it out.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 04/30/12 at 03:12 PM ET

This.

I’ve said it to anyone that would listen all season. This team is built for the playoffs. Tippett has a system, and everybody is playing their role. There isn’t a superstar to shut down, because someone else will just step up and chip in.

Speaking of the “grind line”, that’s the type of players you need to go deep in the playoffs. The Coyotes are rolling four lines, regardless of match ups, and I haven’t really seen any glaring mismatches yet.

Of course, having a goalie who is on fire helps too.

Posted by aaron in phoenix from Section 102 on 04/30/12 at 08:11 PM ET

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