ANOTHER SHORTY FOR LEGWAND
If there’s a shorthanded goal by a Predator in the postseason, there’s a good chance David Legwand had something to do with it. Legwand scored his second shorthanded goal of the playoffs on Saturday, bringing his career total to three. He has now scored a full 50 percent of the Predators’ goals when a man down in franchise postseason history. Nashville’s longest tenured player also picked up an assist on Joel Ward’s shorthanded marker in Game Five of the WCQ against Chicago in 2010.
JOEL WARD CLIMBS THE SCORING LEADERBOARD Joel Ward continues to be one of the biggest stories for the Nashville Predators. With two goals and an assist on Saturday on the heels of a two-point effort on Thursday, Ward now leads the 2011 Playoffs in goal-scoring and his 12 points are just one back of the points lead. The North York, Ontario native’s effort was the second three-point game for a Predator this postseason – Mike Fisher accomplished the task in Game One of the WCQ. Only five games into the Western Conference Semifinal, Ward has matched the highest single-series goal and point outputs by a Predator and he is now fourth in career scoring in franchise postseason history. He has failed to score points in only two of Nashville’s 11 playoff contests this year, while his three-game goal-scoring streak is the longest in Predators playoff history and his four-game point streak is one shy of the mark he set in the Anaheim series. Ward’s goal-scoring has also been timely – five of his seven goals have come in the third period.
TEAM QUICK HITS
The team has won five of six games this postseason when outshooting the opponent, and four of five when scoring first. Nashville has scored 16 goals in either the third period or overtime, the most in the playoffs. Six of the team’s 11 games have been decided by one goal… Nashville has a 5-on-5 scoring ratio of 1.35 in the postseason, third-best behind Detroit and Boston… Nashville is the least penalized of any of the remaining teams (10.3 PIM per game). The Predators are the only team in the postseason with more than one shorthanded goal… Nashville has allowed the second fewest shots per game of the remaining teams (30.5)… Ryan Suter leads all skaters in the postseason in average ice time (29:03)… Shane O'Brien is fourth in the playoffs with 40 hits… Patric Hornqvist is sixth in the playoffs with 42 shots… Kevin Klein is seventh in blocked shots with 27… Joel Ward is 10th in takeaways with nine; Matt Halischuk is one back, while Martin Erat and Cody Franson are two back… Shea Weber is one of only four players in the postseason with at least 20 shots on goal, 20 hits and 20 blocked shots… Six of Mike Fisher’s seven points have come on the road… After 984 regular season games and 34 postseason contests, the Nashville Predators advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in 2011. Only three players have played in all six of the team’s playoff appearances – Erat, David Legwand and Jordin Tootoo… Legwand is first in franchise playoff scoring (21 pts), with Erat two points back and Ward moving into fourth place (16 pts). Ward had a five-game point streak (3g-2a) snapped in Game One of the WCS. The streak was the longest in Predators postseason history.
WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS GAME FIVE
May 7, 2011: Nashville Predators 4, Vancouver Canucks 3 at Rogers Arena
Nashville won for the fourth time when scoring first… Mike Fisher and Jordin Tootoo picked up their first points of the series with assists… The Predators blocked 30 shots. Fisher and Kevin Klein each had six blocks… Joel Ward had a game-high five shots on net… Klein and Ward were each +3… David Legwand has a point in each of the last three games (3g-1a); Ward has a point in each of the last four (4g-2a)… Ward’s first goal of the game marked the third time in 11 games that Nashville has scored in the first 90 seconds of the third period… Nashville is 3-1 when Legwand scores a goal… Pekka Rinne allowed three even-strength goals for only the second time in the 2011 Playoffs.
REGULAR SEASON SERIES WRAP-UP
The teams played all four of their games in the 2011 portion of the schedule, splitting the season series at two games apiece and alternating wins. The Predators are 18-25-6 against the Canucks all time, but 5-5-0 in the last 10 meetings… Nashville outscored Vancouver 8-6 in the four games. Special teams goals were hard to come by, with Nashville going 0-for-14 on the power-play, and Vancouver scoring only once against the Predators penalty kill… Martin Erat led Nashville skaters with four points (1g-3a)… Pekka Rinne was 2-2-0 against the Canucks this season with a 1.26 goals-against average, .962 save percentage and a 29-save shutout… Nick Spaling and Blake Geoffrion scored the game-winners in the Preds’ victories. For Geoffrion, it was his first career game-winning goal… The Canucks’ win on March 29 snapped a five-game winning streak for Nashville and was one of only two regulation losses in the Predators’ final 12 games of the regular season.