Game 6 - Second Period
Sunday, 04.24.2011 / 6:35 PM
By Jay Levin - Nashville Predators / Playoff Blog -- Conference Quarterfinals vs. Anaheim
Thoughts and views from the second period at Bridgestone Arena...
- The veteran chemistry pays off for the Preds early in Period 2; Dumont and Sullivan combine to give the Preds a 2-1 lead. Good pass by Dumont; excellent speed and stickhandling by Sullivan to beat Francois Beauchemin wide down the right wing and deke around Emery to slide the puck into the vacated net.
- The Dumont-Geoffrion-Sullivan line has created solid scoring chances on three of its first five shifts of the game (two of the four shifts that line took in the first period and then the goal on the first shift they saw in the second period). They had another dangerous shift with under eight minutes remaining in the period. Sullivan's speed is really helping that line. But then took an unforced penalty in the offensive zone late in the frame leading to Anaheim's game-tying goal.
- Nashville's power-play had three great scoring chances to extend the lead early in the second period; the unit of Fisher-Hornqvist-Kostitsyn-Suter-Weber were buzzing through the early moments of the man-advantage and the puck was loose in the crease with a scrum trying to get a handle on it before the Ducks were able to slide it to the corner.
- The Ducks power-play tied the game, 2-2. Anaheim created several high quality chances and never gave the Preds a chance to clear the zone and reset. Anaheim has used the power-play to score eight of its 20 goals in this series.
- Nashville's depth is really showing up late in this series. Each of Nashville's four lines have contributed on the scoreboard since the start of the third period of Game 5. The Dumont-Geofftion-Sullivan line converted in the second period to give the Preds the lead; the Smithson-Spaling-Tootoo line netted the Preds first goal tonight (and the OT winner in Game 5); the Fisher-Hornqvist-Kostitsyn line produced the OT forcing goal in Game 5; the Halischuk-Legwand-Ward produced the goal to tie the game 2-2 in the third period of Game 5.