NHL.com: Predators lament undisciplined approach in Game 2

Monday, 04.19.2010 / 3:34 PM CT / Nashville Predators Playoffs Coverage
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NHL.com: Predators lament undisciplined approach in Game 2
Nashville markets itself as "Smashville," but the players getting smashed most often Sunday night were the Predators themselves.
 
In Game 2 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series at the United Center, the Preds aimed to be more physical than they were for most of Game 1, won by Nashville, 4-1. Instead, the Blackhawks did most of the hitting Sunday night in a 2-0 win that evened the series.
 
Prior to the game, Predators coach Barry Trotz was asked what areas he wanted to see his team improve. Checking was the first thing he mentioned. Then he watched Chicago outhit his team 32-28, including most of the biggest hits -- which were heard in the farthest reaches of the United Center.
 
On top of that, the Preds were constantly killing penalties. They were whistled for seven in all, with the game's first goal by Dave Bolland coming on a man-advantage in the second period.
 
Trotz was not pleased.
 
"They score on a power play, we have a bad shift and then we take two more penalties," he said. "When you have back-to-back-to-back penalties it'll tax your bench and it'll probably make you pay offensively down the road because you don't have as much push. You really have to work to get through those penalties."
 
As for the way his defense played, Trotz didn't mince words. A turnover at the Chicago blue line in the third turned into a 2-0 Hawks' lead just second later when Patrick Kane beat Pekka Rinne with a hard wrist shot on a 3-on-1 rush.
 
"They'll convert at a high execution rate if you let 'em," Trotz said. "Going into Game 3, we've got lots of things to talk about."
 
After putting 31 shots on Rinne and controlling the action for the better part of the game, the Hawks sounded a lot more confident than they did after being stunned in the series opener.
 
"We feel like we out-chanced and outshot them," said Hawks center Jonathan Toews, who set up Bolland's goal with a pretty pass in front of the goal. "But we can expect a better effort next time in their building. It's going to be a whole different ballgame."
 
Through the first two games, Nashville had a poster taped to the wall in its locker room. It was a picture of a camouflage Army helmet like the one synonymous with Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket."
 
Under the helmet was written, "Survive" with "All in," on the helmet. Trotz didn't think the Preds lived up to the mottos.
 
"We didn't have as many people 'All in,' as we did the first night," he said. "A little more urgency on our part will be critical for the next game."

Author: Brian Hedger | NHL.com Correspondent

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 53 32 18 3 146 124 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
7 COL 57 28 25 4 153 158 60
8 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 54 11 27 -3 38
F. Forsberg 54 17 18 -7 35
S. Weber 54 14 21 -5 35
M. Ribeiro 54 6 27 2 33
J. Neal 54 19 13 18 32
M. Ekholm 54 6 18 3 24
R. Ellis 53 6 16 2 22
C. Smith 54 11 7 -2 18
C. Jarnkrok 53 9 8 0 17
C. Wilson 37 4 12 -1 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 18 7 .903 2.54
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36