Hail Livonia's King Kesler

“He’s not that good,” Hockey Night in Canada commentator Don Cherry chirped about Vancouver Canuck centre Ryan Kesler after the second period of Canucks’ game against the Nashville Predators last night.

Word may filtered down to Kesler, a native of Livonia Michigan (a Detroit suburb), as he scored a ‘go down in history’ winning goal in the third period to lead his team to a 4-2 win and a three games to one series lead in their Western Conference semi-final playoff series.

Kesler’s power play goal at 7:28 of the third was his third of the series and he added two assists in the pivotal fourth game of the series that now moves to Vancouver’s Rogers Arena Saturday evening at 5 p.m. PDT.

HNIC’s Cherry was giving mild praise to Kesler between periods but when the highlight reel got too long, he said: “okay that’s enough, he’s not that good!”.

Kesler has been acknowledged as being the leader of the Canucks and after the game Thursday is now Canucks’ leading scorer in the 2011 playoffs with 11 points on three goals and eight assists. He also has a plus five in the plus/minus rankings. In comparison, Canuck winger Daniel Sedin is second in scoring with five goals and four assists for nine points but he has a minus 3 ranking.

Cherry might have eat those words about Kesler on HNIC’s broadcast Saturday- maybe a little “Hail King” cheer to the Michigan-born and raised NHL superstar.

Cono Spitale

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