Predators have missed on every playoff power play opportunity

Sunday, April 25, 2010 at 9:59pm

Barry Trotz got philosophical Friday while discussing the Nashville Predators’ power play.

“I always say there are portals of opportunity,” the coach said. “And you have to step through those portals of opportunity to open up everything else.”

One day later, his team stumbled and it did so at a place where it has yet to step up this postseason – the power play.

Rather than put themselves one step away from the second round of the NHL playoffs for the first time, the Predators instead were forced into an elimination game when they return to the ice 8 p.m. Monday at Bridgestone Arena.

Nashville’s failure – twice – to take advantage of a five-minute major penalty for boarding against Chicago forward Marian Hossa was a major factor in a 5-4 overtime loss Saturday, which gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal series.

The Predators led 4-3 at the time Hossa was sent off for his hit on defenseman Dan Hamhuis. Yet even with the man-advantage, they allowed the game-tying goal with 14 seconds to go in regulation.

Then, they failed to take advantage of the remainder of the power play, which lasted for nearly the first four minutes of the overtime. Hossa scored the game-winning goal 10 seconds after he got out of the box.

Nashville is the only Western Conference team without a power-play goal this postseason. In all, it is 0-for-21.

By comparison, the Los Angeles Kings also had 21 chances in its first five games – and scored 10 times.

The rundown of the Predators’ power play woes in its series with Chicago:

• Game 1: 0-2, 3:50

• Game 2: 0-5, 9:59

• Game 3: 0-5, 6:44

• Game 4: 0-5: 7:59, including 1:18 of 5-on-3.

• Game 5: 0-4: 9:49, including 26 seconds of 4-on-3.

“Would we like to score a goal on the power play? Yeah,” Trotz said. “It would give us a better chance. But plain and simple, breaking down the power play, there’s things we have to take advantage of. We know they’re there and haven’t taken advantage of them so shame on us.

“It’s a little bit of execution and it’s a little bit of over-thinking it. We know there’s certain things they do with their (penalty kill) that we have to take advantage of and we’re not. It’s up to the players to execute them.”

No suspension for Hossa

Hossa had a supplemental discipline meeting Sunday with the NHL’s senior vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell because of his hit on Hamhuis.

Many considered it similar to a penalty against Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin during a regular-season game against Chicago. Ovechkin was given an additional two-game suspension by Campbell.

“I have made the decision that this play does not warrant supplemental discipline after considering all of the facts, including reviewing the video and speaking with Mr. Hossa,” Cempbell said in a release announcing the decision. “This play is distinguishable from recent incidents by a number of factors, including the degree of contact involved; the fact that the consequences of the play do not appear to be as severe; that this was a hockey play involving a race for the puck; that Mr. Hossa is not a repeat offender and that the call of a major penalty by the Referee was significant and appropriate.”


10 Comments on this post:

By: idgaf on 4/26/10 at 4:47

The Preds should really think about whether their repeated "scores" against the city taxpayers have jinxed them.

While I don't wish them ill will I can't muster up any civic attachment to them or feel sorry for them. The best day for taxpayers is the day they leave town and they should take Dizzy Dean with them.

By: Alphadog7 on 4/26/10 at 8:05

Hossa probably should have been suspended IMO. Hope the Preds can overcome this misfortune as good athletes do and get a Win at home tonight.

Go Preds!!

By: TITAN1 on 4/26/10 at 8:11

A great day for Nashville and Tennessee is when idgaf leaves the town and state for good. One less negative moron!

By: cookeville on 4/26/10 at 10:34

idgaf, those people who care little to nothing for football can say the same about the Titans. And it's people with your attitude that makes it difficult for the sport to grow and make sure that the city/county is taking in lots of money from the team being here. You and others who think like you are half the problem. You don't have to like hockey in order to see the positives in having professional sport teams in the area. But way too many of you don't wish to see positive in anything other than your narrow world of what you think constitutes what should be.

That being said, GO PREDS!

By: TITAN1 on 4/26/10 at 11:11

cookeville, idgaf doesn't like the Titans either. In fact, I have not found one thing he does like, but then with that screen name..............

By: idgaf on 4/26/10 at 2:48

Titan I like to get jock sniffers riled up.

Want sports do it with private money not public money.

By: TITAN1 on 4/26/10 at 3:25

If you want major sports, it takes more than private money, but it is worth every penny!

By: idgaf on 4/26/10 at 7:36

I don't want major (that was a joke wasn't it?) sports if other people have to pay for it by force.

Your the jock sniffer not me.

By: TITAN1 on 4/26/10 at 8:00

idgaf, you call sports fans jock sniffers, well I guess that is better than being a bitter old fool that just whines all the time. You are such a loser. BTW, GRUMPY OLD MAN, no one is forcing anything on you, you can't find Mayberry?

By: localboy on 4/28/10 at 8:13

"Nashville is the only Western Conference team without a power-play goal this postseason. In all, it is 0-for-21." This will stick in Barry's craw the entire offseason; wonder what the first few drills in training camp will cover?