Ouch: Coyotes’ Martin Hanzal is sandwiched by Predators Ryan Suter (left) and Mike Fisher.
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Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz decided to use the same lineup Friday night in Game 4 as he did in Game 3 vs. the Phoenix Coyotes, again leaving the thirsty Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn on the sidelines.
While the strategy paid handsome dividends in Game 3, a 2-0 Nashville win, neither Radulov nor Kostitsyn scored Friday from the press box in a 1-0 Game 4 loss, the Coyotes now one win from bouncing the Predators from the playoffs.
This time, Radulov and Kostitsyn were healthy scratches, not suspended players in wake of their having violated team rules out in Phoenix. But Trotz’s decision to leave his two offensive-minded forwards out of the lineup for Game 4 will long be talked about.
• On Saturday, the New York Rangers are in Washington for a 12:30 pm ET Game 4 matinée vs the Capitals, the only game on the slate. Make other plans for Saturday night, then…
Below: Team USA’s Max Pacioretty tests goalie Cristobal Huet (remember him) of France during USA’s 7-2 win at the IIHF world championship Friday. Pacioretty had a goal and two assists.
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Below, another Canadien in worlds action: Tomas Plekanec, wearing the C for the Czech Republic, celebrates a goal during his team’s 2-0 win over Lars Eller’s Danish side.
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Below: Plekanec fends off a Danish pursuer.
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