Game 4 - First Period
Thursday, 05.05.2011 / 7:51 PM
By Jay Levin - Nashville Predators / Playoff Blog -- Conference Semifinals vs. Vancouver Canucks
Thoughts and views from the first period at Bridgestone Arena...
- New lines for the Preds tonight.
Colin Wilson makes his series debut on a wing with Blake Geoffrion and Patric Hornqvist
Mike Fisher opens with Martin Erat and Sergei Kostitsyn on his wings
David Legwand opens with Matt Halischuk and Joel Ward
The Smithson-Spaling-Tootoo line remains the same
- Sami Salo made his first appearance of the series on defense for Vancouver.
- Strong start for the Preds; they were buzzing through the first six/seven shifts. The Fisher line had two real good chances on their first shift of the game. The Canucks controlled the play through the middle parts of the period and the Preds regained momentum in the closing minutes of the period.
- Period ended with a scrum in the corner behind Rinne; all 10 skaters on the ice got involved in the skirmish. Both teams were called for a minor penalty out of the action, so Period 2 will open with four-on-four for the first two minutes.
- Preds called for the first penalty of the night -- Klein for cross check 4:01 into the game; judging the bench reaction, not sure the Preds fully agreed with the call. But the Preds got a good kill on PK to keep the game scoreless.
- It will be interesting to see how it is called as the game goes on, but Vancouver has started running a modified "pick play" on their breakouts with their forward down low "rubbing" the Preds deep forechecker to create extra space for the defenseman with the puck. So far there hasn't been any contact with the forechecking forward, but could be a potential interference call if contact is made later in the game.
- Fisher was a half step away from a breakway with around nine minutes left in the period; an outlet down the center seam through the neutral zone was a little high and slightly behind Fisher, but he deflected the puck down as he split the defensemen, however the puck hopped on him before he was able to split the seam.
- Interesting call/no-call on the Vancouver goal; there was contact between the Vancouver forward and Rinne as Rinne came out to challenge the shot, but the near referee appeared to gesture to Rinne that he believed Rinne was too far out of his crease for a goaltender interference call. NHL Rulebook on Goaltender Interference (69.1 Interference on the Goalkeeper - This rule is based on the premise that an attacking player’s position, whether inside or outside the crease, should not, by itself, determine whether a goal should be allowed or disallowed. In other words, goals scored while attacking players are standing in the crease may, in appropriate circumstances be allowed. Goals should be disallowed only if: (1) an attacking player, either by his positioning or by contact, impairs the goalkeeper’s ability to move freely within his crease or defend his goal; or (2) an attacking player initiates intentional or deliberate contact with a goalkeeper, inside or outside of his goal crease. Incidental contact with a goalkeeper will be permitted, and resulting goals allowed, when such contact is initiated outside of the goal crease, provided the attacking player has made a reasonable effort to avoid such contact. The rule will be enforced exclusively in accordance with the on-ice judgment of the Referee(s), and not by means of video replay or review.)
- The Preds power-play converted for the first time in the series with a goal late in the period to even the score. Ward set up in front of the net picked up a rebound and deposited past Luongo, his second goal in as many games.