Success for Kess: Canucks win
Ryan Kesler finally showed up in the goal column as he potted two goals in the Canucks 3-2 overtime win versus the Nashville Predators. With the win, the Canucks now lead the best of 7 series two games to one.
The Canucks were coming off a stinging loss to the Pred's, as they had lost 2-1 in overtime at home, after blowing a third period lead.
This time around, the story was pretty much the same, but with a much better ending.
The Predators opened the scoring early; something the Canucks do not want to make a habit of. Playing from behind against a trap team like Nashville can be playing with fire. 10 minutes into the first, David Legwand stole the puck from Canucks defenceman Alex Edler from behind the net. The puck was shoveled out front, then Legwand received a perfect pass while he was all alone in front, and tapped home the puck for his third of the post season. It was shorthanded.
The Canucks responded one minute into the second as Ryan Kesler finally-FINALLY got his first goal of the playoffs, this one on the powerplay. It was a nervous looking powerplay with waaay too many passes, but somehow it worked. Kesler started the play to Henrik Sedin, who passed it to Daniel, who passed it to Ehrhoff, who passed it to Kesler waiting in front of the net. He tapped it in for his first.
The two goaltenders again put on a marvelous show. Roberto Luongo was sensational, stopping 28 of 30 shots in the win. However, it was Pekka Rinne stealing the show, stopping a whopping 44 shots in a losing cause.
In the third, Chris Higgins contributed his second goal of the postseason after Rinne was caught way out of position, scrambling on his knees. Higgins fired the puck in.
The Canucks seemingly had the game in hand until Joel Ward scored his fourth of the post season on a wrap around with under six minutes to play. It's a disturbing trend for the Canucks. In three of the last four playoff games they've played, they've surrendered a late third period goal.
The game went to overtime, which is when Kesler deflected a Mikael Samuelsson point shot through Rinne's five hole for the win.
The Canucks next play Thursday in Nashville.