Game 6 - Second Period
Monday, 05.09.2011 / 8:18 PM
By Jay Levin - Nashville Predators / Playoff Blog -- Conference Semifinals vs. Vancouver Canucks
Thoughts and views from the second period at Bridgestone Arena...
- Good start to the second period by the Preds; continued to own the territorial advantage.
- Nice break for the Preds on Legwand's goal; threw the puck to the side of the net and it snuck under Luongo ... the crowd is back activated. The Legwand/Ward duo are having a lot of success in this series with blue-collar plays and throwing the puck to the front of the net. The goal wasn't as fortuitous as Legwand's second goal in Game 5 at Vancouver, but there are some similarities in the importance and the jump both scores gave the Preds.
- Fisher a chance around four-and-a-half minutes into the period in transition; got a good shot from the wing, but missed the net high.
- The Canucks continue to try the long stretch pass through the neutral zone --- high risk, high reward type of a play; if intercepted that's a good odd-man counter opportunity for the Preds. Vancouver has gone to that play more as the series has progressed --- used it a lot in Game 5, too.
- Huge penalty kill by the Preds in the middle of the period; prevented Vancouver from gaining momentum back. The Preds were able to re-assert momentum over the second half of the period, out shooting the Canucks 7-2 in the period (both of Vancouver's shots came in a 49 second span midway through the period -- they had no shots over the final 11:05).
- Erat a partial breakaway with 6:15 left in the period, but great hustle by Vancouver to limit the opportunity.
- Vancouver resorted to a dump and trap game since around the seven minutes remaining in the second period. Dangerous to resort to that with so much time remaining in the game.
- Colin Wilson has shown an extra burst of speed at times tonight; he's causing match-up problems on a lower-line because of his speed. Plus, he's been willing to play through contact; with his size, speed, and skill when he's playing like this he can be a difference-maker. He nearly netted the equalizer on a rush to his backhand with around 45 seconds remaining in the period.