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Nashville Predators “powerless play” leads to Game 6 loss as Canucks advance: Fan’s take
The Predators were celebrating their first NHL playoff series victory over the Anaheim Ducks at Bridgestone Arena following Game 6 of the first round a couple weeks ago. One series later and they're back to witnessing their opponents celebrating on their home ice— for the third consecutive time this series.
The Nashville Predators concluded their 2011 playoff journey with an underwhelming 2-1 defeat to the Vancouver Canucks on May 9, 2011. The Predators lack of offense, power play, and talent were the final deathblows of the franchise's first trip into the conference semifinals.
Daniel Sedin(notes) and Mason Raymond(notes) scored consecutive goals in less than a two-minute span during the first period for the Canucks only offense. Despite only creating 19 shots, Roberto Luongo(notes) had another splendid performance by stopping 23 of 24 shots.
The Predators ineffective power play proved to be their damning against a superior Canucks offense. The Predators were 0 for 5 on power play opportunities, four of which came during the first period. Predator fans are accustomed to seeing their teams fall in games due to one of the NHL's weakest power plays.
The third period was frustrating for Predators enthusiasts. Seeing the Predators manage two shots within the first 14 minutes of an elimination game where they're down 2-1 was discouraging. The Predators managed 13 shots over the final two periods, which was less than many single periods by the Canucks throughout the series.
Rather dismal showing by both clubs. All that matters for the Canucks is that they're advancing to the conference finals to take on the victor of the San Jose Sharks and Detroit Red Wings series. I believe they'll have to perform better than they have these past two series if they want to represent the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup finals.
The Predators must address their power play deficiencies. Had the Predators even had a middle-of-the-road power play unit, they had a solid opportunity to advance into the conference finals, if not farther.
This will be an interesting off-season for the Predators. Who will they maintain? Will they seek any offensive threats? Can they figure out how to improve a power play offense that was outscored by shorthanded goals this series?
Predator enthusiasts should be encouraged heading into the off-season. This was the best showing from the young franchise and things will hopefully continue to move upwards.
Joshua Huffman graduated from Middle Tennessee State University as a marketing major in 2009. He's been a Middle Tennessee resident from 1986-1988 and 2001-present. His favorite sports organizations include the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, and Nashville Predators. He also follows the Tennessee Titans, his favorite AFC team.
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