Game 1 - Second Period
Thursday, 04.28.2011 / 9:11 PM
By Jay Levin - Nashville Predators / Playoff Blog -- Conference Semifinals vs. Vancouver Canucks
Thoughts and views from the Second Period at Rogers Arena...
- Pekka Rinne has been sharp tonight; he looked really zoned in during the first and second periods.
- Vancouver took advantage of a Nashville turnover to create the game's opening goal. Rinne was impressive and nearly made the pinwheel save on the Chris Higgins shot.
- The Vancouver goal seemed to wake up the Preds; the Preds had three or four real strong shifts coming out of the Vancouver goal and generally looked a lot more engaged in the game during final seven/eight minutes of the period. Luongo was forced to make a couple tricky saves to keep the Preds from tying the score.
- For the first half of the game Nashville looked like a team trying to get its game legs back after a lengthy layoff. Nashville's been pick-pocketed from behind several times -- usually a tell-tale sign of a team still adjusting to game speed.
- A rather curious roughing call on Hornqvist to open the second period; battling with Dan Hamhuis during a scrum in front of Luongo. Steve Sullivan clearly wasn't pleased with the slashing call on him either (3:42 into the second period). Power-plays are skewed in Vancouver's favor through the first half of this game; hopefully Nashville can even that out as the game moves on.
- Keith Ballard was equally displeased with his tripping penalty late in the second period, so both teams had a couple calls the players on the ice didn't agree with.
- The Canucks generated several really good chances swarming Pekka Rinne late in Sullivan's penalty; the puck slid behind Rinne at one point, but was cleared away by his defense.