Game 6 - First Period

Monday, 05.09.2011 / 7:22 PM

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).


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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Weber 79 23 33 -2 56
P. Hornqvist 76 22 31 1 53
C. Smith 79 24 28 16 52
M. Fisher 75 20 29 -4 49
R. Josi 72 13 27 -2 40
M. Cullen 77 10 29 4 39
C. Wilson 81 11 22 -1 33
N. Spaling 71 13 19 2 32
R. Ellis 80 6 21 9 27
G. Bourque 74 9 17 -5 26
 
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D. Dubnyk 11 18 3 .891 3.43

 
 

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