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Nashville Predators 5, Arizona Coyotes 2: Preds Top Coyotes for Big Home Win

Roman Josi sealed the victory with an empty-net goal.

NHL: Arizona Coyotes at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Predators looked like their usual selves tonight, although still without Kyle Turris. The boys in gold spent a good portion of the first period peppering Arizona netminder Calvin Pickard with shots.

Filip Forsberg had what seemed to be eight or nine chances in front of Pickard, but Vinnie Hinostroza cashed in for the Coyotes seconds later. The Predators went on the power play with a little less than two minutes left in the first. Forsberg was whistled for a slash to put the teams at 4-on-4.

Roman Josi tried to clear the puck during the penalty kill, but the puck jumped over the glass and Arizona began to work on a 5-on-3 power play. The Predators managed to kill both penalties, drawing appreciative cheers from the crowd.

Craig Smith tipped home a shot from the blue line to tie the game for Nashville. The Predators returned to the power play at 4:41 of the second period, but they were unable to convert. Arizona, however, seemed determined to try to help the Predators score on the power play for the first time in about 239 years.

Forsberg ripped his 19th goal of the season past Pickard ON THE POWER PLAY to put the Predators up by a goal. The Coyotes continued with their undisciplined play, and the Predators returned to the power play once again.

With around 6 minutes remaining in the second period, Ryan Ellis added a third goal for the Predators. His goal was assisted by Ryan Hartman and Frederick Gaudreau.

Derek Stepan brought the Coyotes within one goal early in the third period. Arizona went to work on the power play, but they were unable to find a tying goal. The Coyotes continued to bring the pressure on the Predators, but Calle Jarnkrok and Colton Sissons combined for Nashville’s fourth goal of the evening. Pekka Rinne did typical Pekka Rinne things in net, stoning chance after chance.

With Calvin Pickard on the bench, Roman Josi sent the puck 200 feet for an empty-net goal to seal the victory for the Predators. After some struggles early in the third, the Predators stormed back with confidence to grab two points against the road-weary Coyotes.

Random Observations

  • No Kyle Turris this evening.
  • Pekka Rinne wants to go on adventures tonight.
  • Filip Forsberg needs to be cloned.
  • Speeding down the ice is...checks replay....Yannick Weber?
  • 10 pushups for Bobby.
  • 10 pushups for Bobby.
  • OMG
  • Clap clap clap clap
  • A PP GOAL!
  • Fiesty Fiala time.
  • Viktor Arvidsson is frustrated tonight. He wants goals.
  • 10 pushups for Bobby.
  • Ryan Ellis scores a goal and then gets cross-checked onto his face. Okay then.
  • That’s Frederick Gaudreau’s first assist this season. The more you know.
  • Why is Hinostroza always open right in front of Rinne?
  • I’ve lost count of the number of power plays.
  • Arizona blocks a ridiculous amount of shots.
  • 10 pushups for Bobby...and this may or may not be an accurate count.
  • Ryan Johansen has disappeared down the tunnel after hitting Clayton Keller knee-on-knee.
  • Johansen is back on the bench. HUGE sigh of relief.
  • Now P.K. Subban appears to be injured.
  • Subban is staying on the bench, though.
  • FROSTY TIME!!!!!!!!
  • Empty net for Arizona with just a bit under 5 minutes remaining. Holy cow.

Super Duper Stars of the Night

  1. Filip Forsberg: Welcome back to Fil-bruary, folks. The Prince scored on the power play for the first time in 498 tries...not a moment too soon.
  2. Roman Josi: The captain assisted on two goals tonight. His pass to Colton Sissons for Nashville’s fourth goal was something of sheer beauty. The most handsome captain also added an empty-netter to seal the victory.
  3. Calle Jarnkrok: The Swedish multi-tool has points in back-to-back contests. He’s developed some nice chemistry with Sissons and Nick Bonino.

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