Post-Game Musings: Game 4 at Detroit

Tuesday, 04.17.2012 / 9:10 PM CT / Nashville Predators Playoffs Coverage
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Post-Game Musings: Game 4 at Detroit
On Tuesday night the Nashville Predators played rope-a-dope hockey for the first two periods before breaking out with a three-goal third period to claim a 3-1 win in Game 4 at Joe Louis Arena. With Tuesday's win, Nashville took both games in Detroit to grab a 3-1 series lead heading back to Nashville for Game 5 on Friday.

The Preds rotated forward combinations all game, trying to find the right mix of players, before hitting paydirt with a Bourque-Legwand-Radulov trio. The threesome accounted for the game’s first goal, 1:55 into the third period, and Legwand added the insurance goal on the power-play in the game's final minute. Jiri Hudler knotted the game at 1-1 for Detroit on a power-play redirection 19 seconds after Nashville opened the scoring, but defenseman Kevin Klein answered with his second goal in as many games to put the Preds ahead for good at 6:25 of the third.

Now on to the musings…


THREE MUSINGS:
Shots Don’t Tell The Story – Detroit held a major edge in shots on goal, but the scoring chances were fairly even through the game. In the first two periods, some of Nashville’s best scoring chances didn’t end up in shots on goal, while the overwhelming majority of Detroit’s shots on goal were from low percentage areas with an unobstructed view for Rinne.

Exorcising the Demons of Playoffs Past – When Nashville went on the power-play with under a minute left in regulation holding a one-goal lead, it had to trigger flashbacks to Game 5 of the 2010 series vs Chicago. This time the Preds – with a similar grouping of players on the ice – managed the puck better behind the Detroit net and ended up with an insurance goal to seal the win. Martin Erat commented in the locker room after the game that this is what this year’s team has been all about, learning from past mistakes and making the most of the current moment.

Late TV Break – Because of the penalties and icings in the middle of the frame, there were back-to-back television timeouts late in the period, which benefitted Nashville greatly. The Preds were hemmed in their own end by a pair of icings and strong cycle by the Wings, but Barry Trotz called his timeout to trigger the first television break with 3:10 left and allow an extended rest for the embattled group on the ice. Then 23 seconds later after Rinne held a save off a Franzen shot, the next television timeout was triggered, allowing further rest for Nashville’s top defensive players.


THREE STARS
1) NSH G Pekka Rinne - 40 saves
2) DET F Henrik Zetterberg - 5 shots on goal, 23:42 ice time, was consistently dangerous
3) NSH F Martin Erat - 1 assist; outstanding in the third period; created the game-winning goal with a strong one-on-three move; made a handful of strong defensive plays on the backcheck
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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 55 35 16 4 153 127 74
2 DAL 52 33 14 5 169 137 71
3 STL 54 29 17 8 128 128 66
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 50 27 19 4 145 132 58
6 COL 54 27 23 4 146 148 58
7 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
8 NSH 52 24 20 8 130 137 56
9 MIN 51 23 19 9 126 122 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 51 20 19 12 119 138 52
12 CGY 50 22 25 3 130 147 47
13 WPG 51 22 26 3 132 148 47
14 EDM 52 21 26 5 130 151 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 52 10 27 -4 37
S. Weber 52 13 20 -6 33
J. Neal 52 18 13 16 31
M. Ribeiro 52 6 25 1 31
F. Forsberg 52 14 16 -9 30
M. Ekholm 52 6 16 1 22
R. Ellis 51 6 15 0 21
C. Smith 52 11 6 -1 17
C. Wilson 36 4 12 0 16
C. Jarnkrok 51 8 7 -3 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 19 17 7 .903 2.51
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36