Game 5 - First Period
Friday, 04.22.2011 / 9:14 PM
By Jay Levin - Nashville Predators / Playoff Blog -- Conference Quarterfinals vs. Anaheim
Thoughts and views from the first period at Honda Center...
- All-in-all a pretty good road period for the Preds. Surprisingly that was a relatively low-contact period by both sides; Game 1 was pretty chippy and the games have been getting more physical as the series has progressed, so a little surprising that the physical chippy-ness regressed a little in that first period. Shane O'Brien and Bobby Ryan exchanged some jousts as the first period buzzer sounded, so that might pick up the physicality heading into the second period?
- Really good read by Kevin Klein to join the rush with Tootoo on the goal; excellent patience by Tootoo to wait for the defender to go down and tuck the pass around him to Klein for the redirect goal. The Smithson-Spaling-Tootoo line had a pretty good start to the game; they had a productice shift their previous time on the ice. They also generated a moderate chance on their next shift after the goal.
- Pace started very slow as the teams combined for only four total shots (two a piece) through the first six minutes of play. Anaheim did have the first quality chance of the game, a partial breakaway for Teemu Selanne 1:21 into the game when Jonathon Blum stumbled at the blueline and Selanne was able to get a step on the rest of the Preds, but Rinne made the save.
- Nashville had a great opportunity to go up two goals with around 7:40 left in the period; good neutral zone play between Dumont and Sullivan to create space and numbers. Dumont came in on a partial break on his backhand. His first attempt was saved, but created a big rebound for O'Brien; O'Brien had a lot of net to look at, but put the shot high.
- Anaheim had the first power-play of the night -- a slashing call to Suter with 5:52 left in the period -- but Nashville did a strong job on the PK and prevented the Ducks from generating any dangerous chances.
- The Preds will need to clean up their defensive zone clears; late in the period they had a couple of sloppy clearing attempts that allowed the Ducks to retain additional zone time.
- The puck is bouncing around quite a bit tonight. Both teams will have to watch for that, especially defensemen -- can't have a puck hop over your stick and lead to a breakaway against.