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Garland’s highlight-reel goal helps Coyotes top Predators in Game 3

An explosive third period pushed the Coyotes past the Predators in Game 3, giving Arizona a 2-1 series lead.

Conor Garland picked a good time to record his first career postseason goal.

With the Coyotes and Predators knotted at one in Game 3 on Wednesday, Garland took a Derek Stepan cross-ice pass and proceeded to toe drag around Matias Ekholm for the eventual winner.


Taylor Hall would add a power play goal and Carl Soderberg an empty-netter to give Arizona a 4-1 win. Darcy Kuemper rebounded from a tough Game 2 to stop 39 out of 40 shots he faced.

John Hynes is not going to enjoy watching the tape on this defensive zone breakdown:

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The Coyotes now lead the series 2-1 with Game 4 Friday afternoon (2:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN).

(6) Nashville Predators vs. (11) Arizona Coyotes (ARZ leads series 2-1)

Sunday, Aug. 2: Coyotes 4, Predators 3 (recap)
Tuesday, Aug. 4: Predators 4, Coyotes 2 (recap)
Wednesday, Aug. 5: Coyotes 4, Predators 1
Friday, Aug. 7: Predators vs. Coyotes, 2:30 p.m. ET (live look-in coverage on NBCSN)
Sunday, Aug. 9: Coyotes vs. Predators*, TBD

2020 NHL Stanley Cup Qualifiers schedule


Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.