for those of you with center ice, the edmonton feed is showing a brief "prospect profile" on cody franson after the commercial. i've seen them before, and they're like 30 seconds, but it's still cool to see.
Ok, I made the quick jog upstairs to give the visual. Think Vern Fiddler buzzing around everywhere, Mason looking like last year's TV and an above average amount of hooking. Preds did a great job of keeping it in the Oil zone for the most part. Our 4th line was cycled to death near the end by their 4th line.
Weber with some additional solid hits and a cannon shot for the goal. Rads had bit of shakey D and no O in what seemed like no ice time.
Great first period, minus taking four penalties - granted we killed off all three PP's against.
Fiddler is all over the place tonight. Scored on a great tip in the opening minutes of the period to give us an early lead, took a bad penalty (again), but then came out of the box and continued moving his feet to generate a few more opportunities for not only himself, but his teammates as well.
Great shot by Weber on the PP to give us a 2-0 lead. Hartnell parked himself right in front and Roloson never saw the shot. Overall the defense are continuing to shoot the puck a lot tonight as they did last night in Vancouver. On the last shift of the period alone Lehtonen faked out three Oilers and got them all to go to the ice and between he and Zids the Preds looked as though they were on the PP. Suter looking comfortable again and fired a good shot on net in the first.
Upshall isn't looking to out of place on the first line. I think he is taking more of an aggressive role than Erat does, but that is only adding a dimension to that line that lacks at times. Poor timing on the penalty, but he stepped right out of the box and fired a shot into the crest of Roloson.
Mason has looked solid thus far. Great save on Lupul on a shorthanded breakaway and a great save on a Sykora one-timer late in the period along with some solid netminding during the three penalty kills. Hopefully Chris will keep it up, he is a great guy and you never hear him complain about playing time behind Vokoun.
Sully is a difference maker again tonight as well. He is forechecking very aggressively and has displayed his stickhandling abilities several times thus far after the first period. This is clearly Sully's team...regardless of who wears the "C".
Timonen looks a little tired to me tonight. He has appeared on several occasions to be skating at 3/4 speed a few times heading back to loose pucks (including the one where he picked up the hooking minor). I would really like to see him step up his game a little in the second and third periods.
P303 asked for it and Legwand got 2nd unit PP time in the first period. Legwand got the primary assist on Weber's goal too after starting the rush by carrying the puck through the neutral zone and throwing the puck across to Kariya to open up space.
4th line again gets hemmed into our end...and it was against EDM's 4th line too! That unit has got to play better hockey in our end of the rink if they want to earn the trust of the coaching staff and play late in games.
20:00 gone, a lot of hockey still to play...let's see a good start from the Preds again coming out of the locker room. Gotta forget we are up 2-0 and play as if it is 0-0 still.
Sullivan threads an unreal pass through the slot to a wide open Hamhuis, who was staring at a wide-open net. Somehow, he didn't score that. I had already started celebrating that goal. Legwand walked around two defenders to enter the zone and set it all up.
That's four open nets we've missed. Gotta start converting, starting now on this PP