Well, Ryan Kesler finally got himself on the score sheet. Twice, actually. Highly doubt he was reading The Canuck Way where we called him out and decided to show us but that doesn’t really matter.
What matters is that Ryan Kesler’s play finally got him a couple of goals to go with all those non-scoring little things he’s being doing these playoffs. His second goal of Game 3 against the Nashville Predators came at 10:45 of overtime and gave the Canucks a 3-2 victory.
The Canucks now lead the Predators 2-1 in the Western Conference semi-finals. Not only did Kesler pick up his first goals of the play-offs but also added an assist on Chris Higgins’ goal in Game 3. And Kesler also was the one that drew Nashville’s penalty in overtime that led to his overtime power play winning goal.
The Canucks came back playing hard after losing in double overtime in Game 2 and have taken back the home ice advantage they briefly lost.
Canucks fans were worried for a bit thinking they were in for a Game 2 replay when Nashville tied it up late in the 3rd period and won in overtime but Roberto Luongo matched every Pekka Rinne big save in overtime in Game 3 until Kesler scored.
Luongo had another great night in goal making 28 saves on 30 shots, as did Pekka Rinne for the Predators who made 44 saves on 47 shots. Both goalies have been showing why they were nominated for the Vezina Trophy this season in this series.
While Luongo and Kesler stepped up, the Canucks need to be worried about the Sedin Twins. They were a combined minus-4 with 1 assist in Game 3 and just can’t seem to find their game that made them two of the best players in the NHL. Not sure how long the Canucks can win without them stepping up.
Game 4 goes Thursday night in Nashville.