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Overcoming adversity to get back in series

The Sports Xchange

The Nashville Predators wanted to get back to their ideals. They knew they needed to get back to the type of defensive core principles they hold dear. Staring a 3-0 deficit in the face, they shut out the Phoenix Coyotes to get back in their second-round series.

This all came in the face of high levels of adversity. Nashville was without right wing Alexander Radulov and left wing Andrei Kostitsyn. The two were suspended for one game a day earlier for a violation of team rules. Because of this, the players who got Nashville to this point during the regular season had to step in. And left wings Colin Wilson and Jordin Tootoo and right wing Matt Halischuk gave Nashville the type of game they needed.

Though the Coyotes took 32 shots on goal, the Predators didn't allow too many sterling scoring chances. A late-game 5-on-3 gave Phoenix a glimmer of hope, but Pekka Rinne and Nashville's penalty kill slammed the door on the Coyotes. This was Rinne's first playoff shutout of his NHL career.

Now Nashville is back in this series. All they need to do is win one more game at home Friday night to break even with the Coyotes going back to Phoenix for Game 5.

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