Game 3 - First Period

Sunday, 04.17.2011 / 3:15 PM

Thoughts and views from the first period at Bridgestone Arena...

  - The crowd is electric tonight. You can feel the energy and excitement in the building; much more so than was present during Games 1 and 2 at Honda Center.

 - Blake Geoffrion with the game's first great scoring chance -- a rebound chance off a shot from Tootoo.

 - Jerred Smithson whistled for the game's first penalty. A little unlucky -- he got tangled up along the boards and was called for the trip. Excellent PK by the Preds though, holding the Ducks without a shot (and without a dangerous passing attempt). Nashville got a decent chance on the breakout after the kill.

 - The Fisher-Hornqvist-Kostitsyn line remains the most dangerous five-on-five line in this series.

 - Good start to the game by the Smithson-Spaling-Tootoo trio. They were a little quiet in the Anaheim games, but opened strong in the first 10 minutes tonight and were rewarded later in the first period with Tootoo's goal to make it 2-0 seconds after Erat opened the scoring. And nearly had a second goal when Spaling created a turnover behind the Anaheim net with 1:10 left in the period

 - Preds with another power-play goal. The effectiveness of the Nashville power-play is quickly becoming a theme to the series. That's four goals already in the series and a couple other PPs where they were dangerous. Goal was scored crashing the net; Nashville had a good chance moments earlier with Franson cutting down low to join the play -- Franson remained down low and was rewarded when the puck worked around the back of the net to Franson on the weak side; Franson put the puck to the front of the net and Erat cleaned it up for the first goal.

 - Don't forget the key saves by Rinne on Todd Marchant with around 40 seconds left in the period; the Ducks only had four shots in the opening period, but those stops allowed Nashville to skate into the locker room with a two-goal lead.
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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
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11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Hutton 20 11 4 .910 2.62
D. Dubnyk 11 18 3 .891 3.43

 
 

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