Game 2 - First Period
Friday, 04.15.2011 / 8:02 PM
Thoughts and views from the first period...
- Well, it's official -- line-ups handed out and Ray Emery will get the start tonight. This is the third time in six playoff series that the Preds have forced their opponent to change starting goaltenders mid-series.
- Ducks got the exact start they needed when they were awarded a lengthy 5-on-3 (a pair of slashing calls -- on on Erat in the offensive zone, the other by O'Brien battling with Getzlaf for the puck). Anaheim could easily have been called for interference two or three times during the two-man advantage (setting picks on players without the puck). But give the Ducks credit for taking advantage of both ends of the power-play to gain the early 2-0 lead.
- Nashville settled things down the second half of the period and had the better of the play over the final 10-12 shifts of the frame. Emery was giving up some big rebounds -- look for the Preds to have some chances to cash as the game wears on.
- The 5-on-3 was The Game for Anaheim; no way to under-state it's importance to Anaheim -- Coach Carlyle took his timeout at the first stoppage to keep his top players on the ice. It paid off when Perry scored. Nice passing on the first Anaheim goal (back-door to Perry); second goal was a broken play (blocked shot came free in the slot and was burried).
- Huge save by Rinne on Getzlaf around 20 seconds into thegame; second game in a row he's robbed the Ducks in the opening moments of the game.
- Big time hit by Weber on Corey Perry during the first shift -- Weber plastered Selanne at a similar moment in Game 1.
- Inauspicious beginning to the game for O'Brien; he's had a couple of rough shifts in the first 7-8 minutes of play -- and juked by Selanne late in the period.
- Heck of a play by Mike Fisher to draw Nashville's first power-play --- Hornqvist nearly scored off Fisher's feed after the penalty. The Fisher-Kostitsyn-Hornqvist line has been Nashville's most dangerous offensive unit in this first period ... drew both penalties and created Nashville's best scoring chances.
- Nashville scored on the power-play, but had goal waived off when David Legwand was whistled for goaltender interference (looked like the puck was already past Emery when the contact was initiated, but timing of the contact plays no role in the call).
- Martin Erat ramped up his play later in the period; got involved physically as well as with speed/skill.
- Visnovsky was injured with 4:01 remaining in the period after a collision with his defensive partner Francois Beauchemin. Visnovsky leads the Ducks in ice time (24:17 during the regular season)