Game 6 - Second Period

Monday, 05.09.2011 / 8:18 PM

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.


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R. Josi 72 13 27 -2 40
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