Friday, April 15, 2011
Ducks: Anaheim leads, 2-0, on power-play goals
By Dan Arritt
Western Conference quarterfinal
After the 1st period:
Ducks 2, Nashville Predators 0
The good: The Ducks scored twice in the first six minutes to give them a nice cushion. Both goals came on the power play. The first came with a two-man advantage after Martin Erat and Shane O’Brien went to the penalty box 48 seconds apart. The Ducks remained patient until Saku Koivu found an opening to slide the puck across to Corey Perry, who slammed the puck past Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne with seven seconds left on the two-man advantage. Thirty-eight seconds later, Ducks rookie defenseman Cam Fowler sent a blast toward Rinne, but it clipped the skate of Nashville defenseman Jonathon Blum and caromed straight out to Teemu Selanne, who stuffed it into the goal for a 2-0 lead. The Ducks came out firing, taking 10 shots on goal in the first eight minutes.
The bad: Ducks defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky had to be helped off the ice after colliding with teammate Francois Beauchemin at center ice during a power play with 4:01 left in the period. Visnovsky would be a big loss for the Ducks. He led all NHL defensemen with 68 points this season.
The in between: After peppering Rinne with 10 shots in the first eight minutes, the Ducks took just two the rest of the way.