Game 1 - First Period
Thursday, 04.28.2011 / 8:14 PM
By Jay Levin - Nashville Predators / Playoff Blog -- Conference Semifinals vs. Vancouver Canucks
Thoughts and views from Period 1 at Rogers Arena...
- Preds rolled with the same lineup as Game 1 at Anaheim; Martin Erat back in replacing J-P Dumont; lines rolled back to the same as Game 1 of the Ducks series, as well (in order of their first shift): Legwand centering Erat and Ward, Smithson centering Spaling and Tootoo, Fisher centering Hornqvist and Kostitsyn, Geoffrion centering Halischuk and Sullivan.
- Shots on goal were 16-5, but the scoring chances were much closer that; the strong majority of Vancouver's shots were from the perimeter without any traffic in front of the net.
- The Fisher line generates the first scoring chance of the series for either team -- on their first shift worked the puck down low and generated a dangerous opportunity.
- Nashville drew the first power-play 4:08 into the game; the Preds best opportunity came on the delayed call -- cycled the puck in the Vancouver zone and created a point-blank chance for Ryan Suter.
- Both teams did strong work on early game penalty kills; neither team really generated a great scoring chance on the PP. Vancouver had a lot of zone during their advantage, but most of their shots were from the perimeter without a screen.
- Quietly, Jordin Tootoo had a pretty strong period. He skated well, stayed positionally strong, and was poised with the puck on his stick. Tootoo created a dangerous scoring chance with around nine minutes left in the period, coming out of the left wing corner -- fired a pass to the front of the goal crease where Nick Spaling had set up, but Luongo read the play well. He was caught in an unfortunate situation on his penalty call, but if you're the Preds, you have to like his engagement level in that period.
- Shea Weber and Ryan Suter were really good in the first period, especially in the defensive zone. They won a lot of one-on-one battles and as a pair they won a lot of battles behind Rinne's net. Plus, both cleared loose pucks away from dangerous areas in front of Rinne.