Game 4 - First Period

Thursday, 05.05.2011 / 7:51 PM

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.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  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

STATS

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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