The eleventh-seeded Arizona Coyotes defeated the fifth-seeded Nashville Predators 4-3 in overtime, Friday. It’s the biggest upset of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs so far.
Brad Richardson scored on a rebound inside the crease for the sudden victory 5:37 into overtime.
The Coyotes won the best-of-five Qualifying Round series, 3-1 series. It’s their first series win since the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
COYOTES ADVANCE TO THE FIRST ROUND OF THE STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS!!! pic.twitter.com/kYj05aRJiy
— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) August 7, 2020
Richardson said after the game that “it just feels like a lot of hard work came to fruition here.”
"We went through a lot of crap here. Some teams that needed to mature and grow. It just feels like a lot of hard work came to fruition here." – Brad Richardson
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) August 7, 2020
Richardson’s series-clinching goal came after the Coyotes couldn’t close out the Predators late in the third period. Former Capitals draft pick Filip Forsberg scored on a one-timer with 31.9 seconds left, sending the game to overtime.
— #StanleyCup Qualifiers on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) August 7, 2020
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Filip Forsberg has 3 goals in this series. Martin Erat had 2 goals as a member of the Capitals.
— /Cam Robinson/ (@Hockey_Robinson) August 7, 2020
Phil Kessel also scored earlier in the game.
The Coyotes were led by their stars as Kessel, Taylor Hall, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, and Clayton Keller all finished the series with four points.
— Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) August 7, 2020
The Coyotes rallied to win despite having their general manager John Chayka quit his job on the eve of the playoffs.
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