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Game 2 Report Card
Grading the series
4/13/07 - By Mike Lee

Game 2 exposed bad blood between San Jose & Nashville. How did they fare in the fundamentals and how important was it to the outcome of the game? We rank the basics and tell you who the heros and goats were in the Game 1 Report Card:

Team Matchups San Jose Nashville
Offense D+The Sharks offense sputtered early after a defenseman scored the game's first goal. No pressure ealry on allowed Nashcille to control the tempo of the game. A-J.P. Dumont is averaging 2 goals per game in this series already. 2 even strength goals, a short-handed goal and an empty-netter pretty much says it all.
Defense CMarc-Edourd Vlasic looked like a rookie for the first time in a long time. Vern Fiddler schooled him on Nashville's first goal. Scott Hannan didn't help on the play by tripping over his own feet. B-The Predators kept the Sharks at bay, throughout most of the game. Their only gaff was Rivet's break early on.
Power Play FNot only did the Sharks come up empty handed with a 5-minute power play, they also ended the last minute of that advantage on a 5-on-3. Zero production on 5 chances spelled doom for the Sharks. C-The Predators only power play tally came on a 2-minute 5-on-3. They were fruitless in 7 other attempts.
Penalty Kill B-The Sharks almost made it through Goc and Clowe's simultaneous infractions, which would have kept the game at 3-1. They snuffed out every Predators 5-on-4 opportunity AThe Predators showed why they had the 2nd ranked penalty kill in the league during the regular season. The Nashville PK kept the Sharks from generating any serious scoring chances, including a 2 minute opportunity in overtime.
Goaltending C+Nabokov didn't get much help from his defense, but he could have come up bigger on Forsberg's first goal. The shot came from an impossible angle, but it found the back of teh net. That gave all the energy Nashville needed to roll. B+Tomas Vokoun's stick save on Joe Thornton's shot during the 5-on-3 may have been the save of the series. He was relatively busy, but he made the basic saves when he had to.
Individual Matchups    
Hero  Ryane Clowe - He was the only player ice willing to go after Scott Hartnell after the game had been decided. Clowe also scored a goal and played with the energy that most of his teammates were llacking.

Craig Rivet (Honorable Mention) - Rivet not only scored a goal, but also sent a message to Radulov, who tried getting away with a bush league move after a whistle blew in the 1st period. Solid defense continues to be the name of the game with Rivet.
 J.P. Dumont - Two more goals for the sniper continues to provide teh energy the Predators need to be competetive in this series.

Marek Zidlicky - The young defenseman shook off a bad Game 1 and contributed 2 assists.
Goat  Ryane Clowe - A poor decision to go after Paul Kariy, after Marcel Goc was on his way to the penalty box, setup the 5-on-3 that broke the Sharks back.  Alexander Radulov - Radulov's cheapshot put his team in a tight spot, handing the Sharks 5 minutes of power play time. He may make it tougher if he draws a suspension for the hit on Steve Bernier.

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