Game 6 - First Period
Monday, 05.09.2011 / 7:22 PM
By Jay Levin - Nashville Predators / Playoff Blog -- Conference Semifinals vs. Vancouver Canucks
Thoughts and views from the first period at Bridgestone Arena...
- Jerred Smithson back in the lineup tonight for the Preds after a one-game injury absence, replacing J-P Dumont.
- Preds lines to open the game
Fisher centering Erat and Hornqvist
Legwand centering Kostitsyn and Ward
Smithson centering Spaling and Tootoo
Geoffrion centering Halischuk and Wilson
- Physical opening to the game; players on both sides are bumping at every whistle.
- Nashville had opportunities early in the game --- four first period power-plays, two within the opening five minutes of play --- but were unable to capitalize. Vancouver has had two opportunities --- a turnover deep in the Preds zone and a power-play --- and took advantage of both. Otherwise Preds held a slight edge in the play (the even-strength shots edge of 6-4 Nashville is fairly indicative of the general play) and a strong edge in territorial time a fairly even first period.
- Preds need to get an early second period goal to give the crowd something to rally behind. Nashville's been resilient all season; one break and the momentum can swing back in the Preds favor.
- Nashville draws the first power-play of the game when Henrik Sedin took an offensive zone high sticking penalty ... the Preds generated two flurries of dangerous opportunities --- one early in the possession by Legwand and another sequence mid-way through the man-advantage first with Kostitsyn and then Legwand on the rebound.
- Vancouver took the second penalty of the game when Kesler ran Rinne four-and-a-half minutes into the game (goaltender interference). Weber went after Kesler to protect his goalie and both Weber and Bieksa drew roughing minors on the call.
- Bad turnover by Suter to lead to Vancouver's first goal; communication error between the Suter/Weber duo created the scoring chance on what appeared to be a harmless looking outlet opportunity.
- Preds should have had the third power-play of the game when Tootoo was taken down by Alex Edler, but the referee whistled Tootoo for unsportsmanlike-diving ... diving was a focal point in the series after there were accusations earlier in the series on a couple of calls. Vancouver took advantage of the chance and converted on the power-play to make the score 2-0.
- Edler was called for cross-checking a couple minutes after the 2-0 goal (but that PP was negated quickly by an Erat tripping call).