Game 3 - Second Period
Tuesday, 05.03.2011 / 9:21 PM
By Jay Levin - Nashville Predators / Playoff Blog -- Conference Semifinals vs. Vancouver Canucks
Thoughts and views from the second period at Bridgestone Arena...
- After 23 shots in the first period, the teams only combined for 13 shots in the second period (9-4 Vancouver's edge), which pretty well describes the period.
- Much of the flow from the first period has been stymied by both teams here in the later stages of the second period; both squads are doing a strong defensive job in the neutral zone, preventing a lot of speed for the offensive side.
- Vancouver controlled the action for much of the first eight minutes or so of the period. The Preds gained some momentum from the Geoffrion line heading into the power-play in the middle of the frame.
- The Preds got themselves out of position deep in the Vancouver zone on the start-of-period penalty kill that allowed the Canucks to break into the zone on the power-play with a major numbers advantage. Prior to that mistake, they were doing an excellent job of controlling the play while on PK.
- Jon Blum deserves recognition; he's been making very good decisions on the breakout passes. Instead of hard rimming the puck out of the zone, he's calmly taking note of the situation and looking to make an offensive play. With the pace and physicality of this game that's a very veteran move by the 22-year old rookie.
- Vancouver's defensemen got away with a couple of jabs behind the play on three or four rushes in the later stages of the period; they're flirting with a roughing call --- and as I type that, Kesler is whistled for high sticking in front of Rinne.
- If the first 10 periods of this series (eight regulation and two OT frames) are any indication, this has the makings of a very tight, low scoring, long series --- both teams with three goals and neither side has held a lead of more than one goal. Even the shots totals are close: Vancouver 87, Nashville 78.