Canucks take commanding 3-1 series lead

The Vancouver Canucks have taken a stranglehold on their second straight series.
Let's just hope this one is a little smoother.

Henrik Sedin finally sprung to life, and Ryan Kesler continued his solid offensive play as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Nashville Predators 4-2 to take a 3-1 series lead.

4 goals on a stingy predators defense and an all world goalie? I'll take that.

The game started well enough for the Canucks, but bad for the Preds. Christian Ehrhoff scored his second goal of the playoffs fifteen minutes into the first, after Pekka Rinne was screened by Alex Burrows. Rinne complained to the referee that he believed he had been interfered with, but no call was made. The Predators got it back, however, as Joel Ward scored his fifth goal of the postseason with under a minute to play in the first, impressive for a offensively challenged Predators club.

In a quiet second period, Alex Edler scored his second of the post season, after he ripped a shot past Rinne, who probably should've had it. We haven't said much of that at all this series.

The Predators did manage to tie the game four minutes into the third, as Cody Franson scored his first career playoff goal, but Ryan Kesler made an absolutely beautiful inside out move on Shea Weber, and whipped the puck past Rinne. It was a move of confidence for Kesler, who has really come on in the last two games, scoring three goals.

Henrik Sedin iced the game when he scored into an empty net for his first goal of the postseason. He finished the night with three points. (1g,2a)

The Canucks outplayed the Predators in every facet tonight, out shooting, out hitting, winning more draws, and dominating on the penalty kill, even killing off a lengthy five on three. The Canucks will go for the series win, and their first third round playoff appearance since 1994, on saturday.