Game 3 - Second Period

Tuesday, 05.03.2011 / 9:21 PM

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.


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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
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
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
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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