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Predators' big push falls short in Western semis

Associated Press Modified: May 8, 2012 at 12:46 pm •  Published: May 8, 2012
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photo -   Nashville Predators' Pekka Rinne (35), of Finland, and Kevin Klein (8) skate off the ice dejectedly after losing their playoff series to the Phoenix Coyotes after Game 5 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinal playoff series Monday, May 7, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz. The Coyotes defeated the Predators 2-1, and advance to the Western Conference finals.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Nashville Predators' Pekka Rinne (35), of Finland, and Kevin Klein (8) skate off the ice dejectedly after losing their playoff series to the Phoenix Coyotes after Game 5 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinal playoff series Monday, May 7, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz. The Coyotes defeated the Predators 2-1, and advance to the Western Conference finals.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators can console themselves knowing they aggressively made moves in an all-out effort win the Stanley Cup. Now they will spend the offseason finding out just how costly those decisions will be after coming up short in the Western Conference semifinals for a second straight year.

The Predators lost 2-1 to Phoenix on Monday night were eliminated in the semifinals in five games — a game less than a year ago when they lost to eventual Western champ Vancouver.

Nashville finished ahead of Detroit in the final standings and also beat the Red Wings in the playoffs all for the first time.

Now the Predators have tough decisions ahead. The roster features seven restricted free agents including captain Shea Weber with defenseman Ryan Suter among eight unrestricted players.