Preds bench Radulov, Kostitsyn for Game 3

May 1, 2012 at 8:06 PM
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NASHVILLE, May 1 (UPI) -- The Nashville Predators said Wednesday high-scoring forwards Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn won't play in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals.

General Manager David Poile said the move was due to an unspecified violation of team rules.

"The Nashville Predators have a few simple rules centered around doing the right things," Poile said in a statement. "We have always operated with a team-first mentality and philosophy. Violating team rules is not fair to our team and their teammates."

The absence of Radulov and Kostitsyn will be a key factor the third contest of the Preds' best-of-seven series against the Phoenix Coyotes, which Nashville trails 2-0.

Radulov is the team's leading post-season scorer with six points in seven games. Kostitsyn is tied for the team lead with three goals.

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