Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Nashville scores twice in 2nd for 3-0 lead
By Dan Arritt
After the 2nd period:
Nashville Predators 3, Ducks 0
The good: Corey Perry returned for the second period after heading to the locker room late in the first with what appeared to be a right arm injury. That’s about it for the good news. The Ducks were booed off the ice as Perry had to be restrained from going after Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne, who is frustrating Perry and the rest of the Ducks with his stellar play. At least Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin has elevated his game for the playoffs, blocking a team-high six shots and equaling the team lead with three hits.
The bad: With the Ducks already down two healthy goalies, Dan Ellis could end up with a case of whiplash if he lets any more goals sail by. The Predators scored twice in the final five minutes of the period, giving them a nearly insurmountable three-goal lead the way Rinne is playing. Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler is playing like a 19-year-old rookie appearing in his first NHL playoff game, rather than the wunderkind he has been most of the season. Every time the puck leaves Fowler's stick, it seems to find a Nashville player. He has no shots and a team-high three giveaways. Ducks top-line center Ryan Getzlaf has one shot on goal and lost five of six face offs.
The in between: Perry was a welcome return in the second period, but he and Saku Koivu were the only Ducks on the ice for both Nashville goals.