Game 3 - First Period
Sunday, 04.17.2011 / 3:15 PM
By Jay Levin - Nashville Predators / Playoff Blog -- Conference Quarterfinals vs. Anaheim
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.