The Nashville Predators bounced back in a major way in game two of their play-in series with the Arizona Coyotes. They came away with a 4-2 win to tie the series at one game apiece.
The Coyotes actually had control from the start and kept it going through the majority of the first period. They outshot the Predators 14-5 in the first. However, it was the Preds who struck first when Nick Bonino fired a no-look shot from the right circle past Darcy Kuemper on just their second shot of the game.
Just one shot later, the Preds struck again thanks to a miscommunication between Kuemper and Phil Kessel. Kuemper redirected a loose puck towards Kessel who lost control of it. Ryan Johansen then quickly scooped it up and managed to squeeze a shot through Kuemper to make it 2-0.
Second Period Action
Nashville was much more physical than they were in game one and continued to get in front of shots. In the first period alone, they blocked 10 shots to Arizona’s one. When the second period got underway, the momentum completely shifted in their favor.
Nashville made it 3-0 at the 6:02 mark of the second after Colton Sissons found Calle Jarnkrok in the slot who buried his own rebound home. Meanwhile, Arizona didn’t get their first shot of the second until the 8:29 mark. The Predators carried that lead into the third after outshooting the Coyotes 10-4 in the second.
The third period saw more of the same. The Predators took 10 of the first 11 shots of the period and continued to keep up the pressure on Darcy Kuemper. They finally scored the sealer on the power play as Viktor Arvidsson came down the right side and clapped one past Kuemper with 6:11 remaining.
Arizona did finally strike late as Clayton Keller and Lawson Crouse both scored in the final minute just 10 seconds apart. However, it was too late as the Predators took game two by a score of 4-2. Game three will take place on Wednesday, August 5th at 2:30 pm.
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