Game 5 - Second Period
Saturday, 05.07.2011 / 8:23 PM
By Jay Levin - Nashville Predators / Playoff Blog -- Conference Semifinals vs. Vancouver Canucks
Thoughts and views from the second period at Rogers Arena...
- Preds open with Legwand centering Kostitsyn and Ward; that line has played well this period, netting the 2-2 goal and created very high quality chances on two other even stregth shifts later in the frame.
- Preds catch their first break of the game when Legwand threw the puck out from behind the net, it carromed over the net and off the Vancouver defender's glove and into the net for game equalizer --- Legwand's second goal of the night.
- Nashville followed the goal up with a strong shift from Fisher centering Erat and Hornqvist; first seven/eight minutes of the period were tilted heavily in the Preds favor. Legwand
- Game-saving type of stop by Rinne on Ehrhoff cutting backdoor while the Canucks were buzzing in Nashville's end with around 4:20 left in the second period --- the first sustained pressure by Vancouver in a long time (one of the few strong shifts they've had this period). But those plays were the bounces Vancouver was getting in their direction during the two games in Nashville.
- Wilson has done a much better job battling and competing in today's game, especially in this second period --- he's using his body well in battles along the boards.
- Hornqvist has struggled a little bit with his pace through the neutral zone; has been tied up by back-pressure a few times; needs to be more aware and make quicker decisions as the game moves into the third period.
- Spaling left the ice with around 2:40 remaining in the period after a late hit behind the play -- appeared to be favoring his shoulder. Will be interesting to see how the lines re-juggle now --- two most likely options are either for Geoffrion to step into Spaling's role on that checking line (Coach has been rolling three lines for much of the middle period) or for Wilson to slide from the wing into the middle (Wilson is a natural center, but Coach likes him better on the wing) ... did not see much of Dumont, Geoffrion, Halischuk in the second period, but Dumont has been productive in his time -- he's made a couple nifty passes into space to create rushes for his linemates off the wing (very similar plays as the pass he made to spring Sullivan in Game 6 of the Anaheim series).
- Vancouver forward Mikael Samuelsson --- injured with around seven minutes remaining in the first period --- will not return tonight due to a lower body injury (appeared to be left knee or ankle the way he was helped off the ice).