For the first time since 1994 when the Canucks played the Toronto Maple Leafs, yes the Maple Leafs used to play in the Western Conference, the Canucks are heading back to the Western Conference finals after beating the Nashville Predators on Monday night.
Having to go back to Nashville after losing Game 5 on home ice the Canucks were able to finish off the Predators in Nashville’s house by beating them 2-1 to win this Western Conference semi-finals match-up 4 games to 2.
The Canucks got off to a good start in Game 6 scoring two first period goals, one from Mason Raymond and the other from Daniel Sedin. Daniel finally got himself on the scoresheet and those two goals were more than enough for the Canucks as they kept that lead all the way through to the end of the game with a minor bump along the way when David Legwand scored in the beginning of the second period.
The Ryan Kesler Show kept chugging along as he added assists on both goals by the Canucks. Kesler was on the ice for 11 of the Canucks’ 14 goals this series. Roberto Luongo, facing only 24 shots, wasn’t asked to do much but he was solid in net and came up big with a huge save during a Predators’ last minute rush at the end of the third after they took Pekka Rinne out of the net.
The Canucks will be awaiting the winner of the other Western Conference semi-finals match-up between the San Jose Sharks and the Detroit Red Wings. The Sharks currently hold a 3-2 lead in the series. The Canucks who haven’t had a day to practice as they’ve been playing every two days hope that the Red Wings extend the series so they can have some rest.