Game 1 - Second Period
Wednesday, 04.13.2011 / 8:39 PM
By Jay Levin - Nashville Predators / Playoff Blog -- Conference Quarterfinals vs. Anaheim
Thoughts from the Honda Center for Period 2
- The Legwand/Erat/Ward line drew a penalty on the first shitf of the second period; their second power-play created tonight-- strong board work by Ward to get the puck in deep and good shifty move along the halfboards by Erat to draw the tripping penalty.
- Some interesting mixing and matching of lines from both coaches to try to get favorable match-ups. Will be interesting to hear both coach comments post-game and what adjustments continue throughout the series. Anaheim's used Brad Winchester as "the other wing" with some of their top forwards. Nick Spaling has been on some short shifts for the Preds outside of his normal line shifts.
- I'm not sure if there is any offesive star who does more skickwork (poking, slashing, hooking) away from the play than Corey Perry. He's as adept a player as there is in the game at using that to get inside opponents' heads (and draw penalties later in the game). Preds need to be very disciplined against Perry. Tried to get into it with Erat early in the period and speared Rinne after the final buzzer to the period.
- Sullivan with the goal on a broken play/strange bounce off the glass on dump in off the glass by Franson (looked like Franson was just trying to chip the puck out of the neutral zone) --- showed great speed to beat the Ducks defenseman down the wing. Ellis made a nice save on the first move, but Sullivan had enough time for a second chance to make it 2-0. If the Geoffrion/Halischuk/Sullivan line continue to provide this much energy and continue with productive shifts, look for Coach Trtotz to ease them into more minutes (already looks like they've taken a shift or two in this second period that previously had gone to the Smithson/Spaling/Tootoo line). Definitely a good development for the Preds if they continue this level of play.
- Underrated blue-collar play by Hornqvist on the Fisher goal; withstood the hit from Toni Lydman to slide the puck down to Fisher.
- Also don't overlook the play Klein made to trigger the breakout; Klein made a strong play coming out from the corner, which allowed Fisher to gather a full head of speed coming out of the zone -- and put the Preds in a position where they were entering the neutral zone with favorable numbers.