Game 4 - Second Period
Thursday, 05.05.2011 / 8:52 PM
By Jay Levin - Nashville Predators / Playoff Blog -- Conference Semifinals vs. Vancouver Canucks
Thoughts and views from the second period at Bridgestone Arena...
- Period opened with four-on-four action stemming from the penalties at the end of the first period. Vancouver had the territorial edge during the four-on-four, but no real dangerous scoring chances, while Nashville had some quality interesting chances on counter-rushes.
- The Geoffrion-Hornqvist-Wilson line had three or four glorious chances on a shift around seven minutes into the period. Hornqvist took the puck wide on his defenseman to get to the nearside post before passing across the crease to Wilson along at the far post; Wilson redirected the bouncing puck just wide. On the regroup the Preds put the puck back out to the top of the crease where Hornqvist and Wilson both had chip attempts with Luongo sprawled on the ice.
- Prior to Vancouver's second goal, the Preds had a couple of opportunities to clear the puck and get the play deep in the Vancouver end, but failed to do so; a couple of puck management mistakes coming into the neutral zone. The Canucks capitalized with a shot from the point. Nashville's forward line had been on the ice for almost a minute -- the majority of which was in the defensive zone.
- Preds power-play generated two high quality scoring chances in the first minute-plus before drawing a second penalty for a 0:47 five-on-three --- Ward had the first chance from the crease in tight, Suter had the second from the point (appeared to nick the far post on the way through).
- Nashville used its timeout to set up for the five-on-three advantage, opening with Fisher-Hornqvist-Kostitsyn-Suter-Weber. The Preds maintained possession through the majority of the PP, but were unable to net a goal. Hornqvist had a chip attempt on his backhand from the top of the goal crease on a centering feed from Fisher as the five-on-three expired. On the backend of the PP, Franson made a great centering feed, but it handcuffed Legwand cutting down the slot.
- The trio of Fisher-Hornqvist-Wilson had a strong shift to end the period ... Fisher had a chance driving the net with speed and then the line pinned the puck deep in the zone and cycled around for a pair of other good looks.