GLENDALE, AZ - MAY 07: (L-R) Goaltender Pekka Rinne #35, Shea Weber #6 and Paul Gaustad #28 of the Nashville Predators lean on the bench during a break from Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on May 7, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Predators 2-1 to win the series 4 games to 1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Maybe this playoff elimination for the Preds feels different in part because it happened far away in Phoenix, in the dead of night. Not only are local hockey fans feeling down because of the loss, but we're dragging due to lack of sleep, too.
Follow after the jump as the analysis of "what went wrong" begins...
Nashville Predators News
Bitter end to Nashville Predators Stanley Cup quest: Who takes the blame? | Puck Daddy
This loss certainly doesn't do much for the playoff résumés of Poile & Trotz.
Big questions on Nashville’s blue line heading into the offseason - Nashville Predators Examiner
The money bit in here is Jim's dissection of Ryan Suter's post-game comments.
Smashville 24/7 - Giving credit where credit is due
You've got to tip your hat to the Coyotes, writes Ryan.
Paul McCann - This One Hurts...
Paul ruminates over the late-season additions to see whether they were worth it.
Post Mortem: Part I "The Obvious Query" - Predlines
Dan looks at the bright side of potential free agent departure.
Postgame ponderings - Predators Insider
Josh nails the mood here: "Past playoff exits for Nashville have been filled with some level of hope. Against the Chicago Blackhawks, we knew the Predators would come back stronger the following season. When they lost to the Canucks, making the second round of the playoffs was considered a major step for the franchise. This feels empty on so many levels. "
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
It’s time for Ilya Bryzgalov to steal a game for the Flyers | Backhand Shelf
Good luck with that.
Shoulder surgery will keep Kesler on the shelf for six months - The Globe and Mail
He must be getting his chicken wing worked on.
Why regular season success still matters in the NHL - The Globe and Mail
It's no guarantee, but it's certainly important.
KuklasKorner : The Malik Report : Red Wings Alum Shawn Burr has finally found a bone marrow match
Good news for one of my favorite ex-players.
No, Gary Bettman Will Not Award Stanley Cup To Himself - SBNation.com
There are a lot of sports commentators out there who have apparently never watched a Stanley Cup presentation.
Hockey and Hashtags: How Social Media Makes the IceMen/Komets Rivalry Unique - IceMenManiacs.com
An interesting story here on how a rivalry between two teams evolved through interaction via Facebook.