Game 4 - 2nd Period

Friday, 05.04.2012 / 8:13 PM
THREE MUSINGS:
Hornqvist -- Patric Hornqvist was front-and-center in several of the Preds top scoring chances in the period, actually starting with the final shift of the first period when time expired with Hornqvist and Bourque trying to whack away at a loose puck in the crease. Hornqvist rang a shot off the post 5:31 on a rush in transition 5:31 into the period, snapped a shot over the crossbar on Smith's giveaway a few seconds later, and just missed on a redirect of a backdoor feed with 7:24 remaining in the period. He was dangerous as a passer as well, helping relay along a handful of entry plays from the far wall along the blueline heading into the offensive zone. Hornqvist should have drawn a penalty on Martin Hanzal with 1:18 left in the period; Hornqvist made a good strong move without the puck cutting through the neutral zone and Hanzal stuck his stick into Hornqvist's waist to hook him back into contact and prevent Hornqvist from creating separation in transition, but the infraction went undetected.

Missed Opportunities --
The Preds skated much better in the second period, holding the Puck in the Phoenix zone for the first 1:50 of the frame consecutively, but were unable to net the equalizer. Hornqvist hit the post on a transition rush around five-and-a-half minutes into the period and a few seconds after that Phoenix netminder Mike Smith handed the puck over at the top of the crease, but the Preds misfired on the open upper half of the net. Infact, the Preds missed high on around a half dozen great looks off other passing sequences in the period. Spaling and Wilson were victimized on a potential two-on-one opportunity midway through the frame, when the puck hopped over Wilson's stick drawing the play offside.

Much Better 2nd Period -- As a team, Nashville did a much better job of the "details" in the second period, winning the majority of one-on-one puck battles. Although shots on goal were even in the period, 10-10, the Preds held a 24-21 edge in attempted shots and created almost all of the quality scoring chances in the frame.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
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8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Weber 79 23 33 -2 56
P. Hornqvist 76 22 31 1 53
C. Smith 79 24 28 16 52
M. Fisher 75 20 29 -4 49
R. Josi 72 13 27 -2 40
M. Cullen 77 10 29 4 39
C. Wilson 81 11 22 -1 33
N. Spaling 71 13 19 2 32
R. Ellis 80 6 21 9 27
G. Bourque 74 9 17 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Hutton 20 11 4 .910 2.62
D. Dubnyk 11 18 3 .891 3.43

 
 

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