SERIES RETURNS TO ANAHEIM FOR PIVOTAL GAME 5
Thursday, 04.21.2011 / 10:36 AM
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PREDS AND DUCKS SCORING GOALS APLENTY
Through only four games, the 2010-11 Western Conference Quarterfinal is the third-highest scoring series (29 goals) in franchise history, only three goals away from the current high, set in 2010 (32 goals in six games). Yet, after four games, there’s still no sign of either team pulling away. Though Anaheim left Bridgestone Arena with a three-goal victory on Wednesday night – the combined nine goals (ANA 6, NSH 3) tied for the most in franchise postseason history – the teams are separated by only one goal overall (ANA 15, NSH 14). Discounting special teams, Nashville holds a two-goal lead in five-on-five situations (NSH 9, ANA 7) in the series. The Predators have now scored at least three goals in each game of the series, the first such time it has done so in franchise history.
POWER-PLAY SUCCESS CONTINUES FOR BOTH TEAMS
With a power-play goal by Joel Ward
in the second period of Wednesday’s loss, the Predators have now scored a man-advantage marker in four consecutive games, the longest such streak in franchise playoff history. The Predators are 5-for-21 (23.8 percent) on the power play in the series, after going 1-for-27 (3.7 percent) last year against Chicago. The team is now one power-play goal away from the franchise mark, set in 2006 against San Jose.
PLAYOFF QUICK HITS
The Predators will be looking for their first Game Five win in franchise history on Friday. A win would mark the first time that Nashville has won three games in a series… Martin Erat
and Shea Weber
are tied for first in franchise playoff scoring (16 pts), while David Legwand
is one point back. Legwand led the team in scoring in last year’s postseason, picking up seven points (2g-5a) in six games, tying Paul Kariya for highest single-series output in franchise history… Mike Fisher
leads all Predators in playoff experience with 79 games – prior to 2011, all were with the Ottawa Senators... Jonathon Blum
, Blake Geoffrion
, and Matt Halischuk
all made their NHL playoff debuts in Game One. Anders Lindback
earned his first experience in Game Four. Cal O’Reilly is the only Predator yet to appear in an NHL playoff game… Pekka Rinne
picked up the win in Game Three, moving him past Tomas Vokoun into first in franchise playoff victories (four)… Sixteen of Nashville’s 18 skaters have earned a point in the series so far… Sergei Kostitsyn
(4a) and Joel Ward
(2g-1a) have each picked up points in three straight games, one shy of J-P Dumont
’s franchise record of four set April 11-17, 2007. Kostitsyn’s three-game assist streak is tied for a franchise record with Legwand (3a, April 13-18, 2007) and Jason York (3a, April 11-15, 2004… Ryan Suter
and Cody Franson
each have three assists, which ties the Nashville postseason record for defensemen.
WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS GAME FOUR
saw his first NHL postseason action in relief of Pekka Rinne
, who had been in net for all of Anaheim’s goals… The Ducks set series highs for shots in a game (38) and in a period (16 in the first)… The six goals were the most ever allowed by the Predators in a postseason contest. Five times previously they gave up five, including their loss in Game Two of this series… Jordin Tootoo
’s 22 penalty minutes were a franchise high, extending his career mark to 53 PIMs… The three goals scored in the first period were the fastest three goals (both teams combined) in franchise history, coming within a 1:04 span (Cam Fowler, Saku Koivu and Patric Hornqvist
at 4:41, 5:14 & 5:44 of the first).
REGULAR SEASON SERIES WRAP-UP
Nashville won the season series with Anaheim 3-1, outscoring the Ducks 17-11. The series included a pair of three-goal wins including an opening-night 4-1 victory, and a 5-4 decision in the finale on March 24. Hornqvist led all Predators in scoring vs. Anaheim, putting up seven points (3g-4a) in four games. Kostitsyn had four points (3g-1a) in two games against Anaheim, missing the first two meetings between the teams. Hornqvist and Cody Franson
were each a team-high +6. Weber and Legwand each had a shorthanded goal against the Ducks in 2010-11, two of Nashville’s five total. In three games (all victories) against the Ducks in the regular season, Rinne posted a 2.21 goals-against average and a .945 save percentage. Nashville had been 16-21-7 against Anaheim prior to 2010-11, but split the series in both 2008-09 and 2009-10.