by Jas Faulkner, Nashville Correspondent
Nashville’s four goals to Anaheim’s single netter tell only part of the story. While Nashville was racking up points, the Ducks seemed to be determined to make sure at least one section of the stats sheet would be filled with their players’ names by the end of the night. The Ducks managed to rack up forty-six minutes and a total of eleven penalties by the time to clock ran out. It is telling that eight of those penalties were incurred during third period. Anaheim is a big, physical team who doesn’t mind digging in and playing a grinding, old school game of North American hockey. Did they believe the questionable wisdom that playing NSH would be a leisurely stroll through round one?
To be fair, Nashville’s playoff history would point to such a possibility. There is also the fact that some of their best and toughest are on IR. Missing from the bench are Marcel Goc, Francis Bouillon and Matthew Lombardi. Who is missing matters, but the presence of The Cannon, The Gelfling, The Assassin, SO’B, The Great Wall of Finland and Pat the Bear (among others) should have given the Ducks a hint that Wednesday, April 13th, 2011, was the day to engage in some serious playoff hockey.
The news piped home to Tennessee was much better. Nashville’s first two goals came from the usual suspects. The Cannon drew first blood early in first period. He was followed by a goal from Sullivan in second. Those initial, heady tastes of Trotz’s Hockey Gods’ sweet nectar of “Suck It, Bitches!” were followed by a matched set of slaps home by Mike Fisher. Rinne told the California Quack Squad “ei” twenty-eight times to Dan “Call me Patricia, um, that should be Patrician!” Ellis’ twenty-four refusals. Mitch Korn should be patting himself on the back this morning.
They will meet one more time at Honda Center before the action moves to The Stone. My prediction? Game two will be tough and I have a feeling the Ducks will be a lot less cartoonish and mightier on Friday. Will Nashville continue to defy history and send Anaheim quacking, er packing? Wait and see.
This is Jas Faulkner who is mainlining coffee this morning. I’ll be seeing you at the Plex and the Stone and online on Facebook and Twitter!