Game 5 - Second Period
Friday, 04.22.2011 / 10:08 PM
By Jay Levin - Nashville Predators / Playoff Blog -- Conference Quarterfinals vs. Anaheim
Thoughts and views from the second period of play at Honda Center...
- Rinne has been sharp tonight. He robbed Bobby Ryan from the top of the goal crease with 1:05 left in the period. He's been tracking plays really well; positioned well; quick on the couple of scrambles in front of him.
- The Preds got a pretty good scoring chance at the buzzer to end the period; came about because of an unforced icing by he Ducks with 12.5 seconds remaining in the frame.
- The Preds were doing a pretty good job on the PK until Sbisa put the puck to the front of the net; Nashville seemed to have good numbers in the area, but was unable to corral the puck and Jason Blake was able to jab it just under Rinne. On the sequence just prior to the goal Corey Perry tried to push Shea Weber on top of Rinne while Rinne was down to cover the puck; drew a scrum behind the net, but the officials ruled it wasn't warrented to move the faceoff out of the offensive zone.
- The Smithson-Spaling-Tootoo line continued its strong play early in the second period. Smithson got a moderate chance around two minutes into the period and then Tootoo drew Nashville's first power-play of the night (a high sticking call against George Parros).
- Nashville's power-play had strong zone time and generated a couple dangerous scoring chances, but was unable to convert.
- Really good defensive play by Joel Ward on the forecheck to strip Cam Fowler draw another power-play for the Preds; Fowler was forced to hook Ward to prevent a two-on-one from below the faceoff circles. The Legwand-Ward line (both with and without Erat) have drawn the majority of Nashville's PP opps this series.
- Don't let the scoresheet fool you; statistically they've awarded a good number of hits, but there haven't been many high-impact checks yet in this game -- at least not to the extent the first four games of the series have featured. Scrums after the whistle are starting to pick up here in the second, though, so....
- Noticed a couple of times the coaches have been double-shifting Suter and Weber with different d-partners; they've been playing regular shifts together, but might be a way to either get the big two some additional ice time or perhaps a way to mess with Anaheim's attempts to get away from match-ups?