Friday, April 22, 2011
Ducks: Jason Blake's goal ties score, 1-1
By Dan Arritt
Western Conference quarterfinal
Game 5 (series tied, 2-2)
After the 2nd period:
Ducks 1, Nashville Predators 1
The good: The Ducks began pecking away at Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne in the second half of the period and finally got one by him on a power play with 6:21 left. Brandon McMillan, who set up the winning goal in Game 4, started things off by making a nice one-on-one move around Shane O’Brien and drawing a tripping penalty. The Ducks didn’t have much luck on the power play until Luca Sbisa sent a blast at Rinne from the point. Rinne made the stop but couldn’t control rebound and Ducks forward Jason Blake kept swatting away at it until it went through the legs of Rinne. Just as the puck was getting close to the goal line, Blake made one more stab through the legs of Rinne and pushed it by to tie the score, 1-1.
The bad: The Ducks spent a lot of energy killing back-to-back penalties early in the period. George Parros went to the box for high sticking and Nashville kept the puck in its offensive zone for the first 75 seconds. Patric Hornqvist missed a golden opportunity to give the Predators a 2-0 lead during the man advantage, missing the open side of the net on a perfect cross-pass from Sergei Kostitsyn. In between penalties, Corey Perry missed his own glorious scoring opportunity, but Rinne gloved his shot from the doorstep. With about 1:20 left in the period, he stopped a point-blank shot from Bobby Ryan, who took a pass from Perry from behind the net.
The in between: The Ducks had just eight shots on goal at the midway point of the period, compared to 16 for Nashville. But the Predators have just an 18-17 advantage heading into the third.