09 May 2011
For the third time in Canucks history, we're going to the Western Conference Finals! YESSSSS!!!!
The Canucks won 2-1 off of another game that had Kesler dragging his team over the finish line for, even while skating without a contact in. Jesus. What a player. What a six games he has played.
If it had not been for Kesler, we would not be moving on to the WCF. We came into this series pointing fingers at him as one of the players who had yet to score in the playoffs. Then, boom, Kesler is scoring. Kesler is winning faceoffs. Kesler is scoring more, splitting the Nashville D and taking pucks to the face.
The Canucks won this series because they had more tools in their toolbox than Nashville had. Although Nashville had great goaltending and a solid defence, they just didn't have the talent up front that could put the pucks in the net.
In tonight's game, the Canucks took too many careless penalties, especially to start the game, but were able to kill all five off. After killing off a couple of penalties, Mason Raymond opened up the scoring in the 1st period off of a centering pass from Ryan Kesler. Then Jordin Tootoo takes an unsportsmanlike penalty for diving off of a cross-check from Edler that Daniel capitalizes on while on the PP. 2-0 Canucks.
In the second period, Legwand scores early on with a puck that manages to slide under Luongo over the goal line. Luongo tries to hide it, and they review the play, but no dice, score now 2-1. Then the Canucks reverted back to trying to just protect their 2-1 lead and only managed to get two shots on goal. Not good enough. Vomit city in the 2nd period there.
Scariest moment of the game comes up with Martin Erat on a breakaway only to have Jeff Tambellini streak down the ice and move Erat off the puck.
Samuelsson wouldn't not have been able to catch up to Erat. Just saying.
Whatever was said in the dressing room at the intermission changed the mentality and the Canucks came back in the third period to outshoot the Preds 10-6. Lots of chances to get the empty netter, but it didn't happen. I don't know what Kostitsyn was doing behind the net there either. Luongo makes a big save at the end on some Predator.
Canucks win 2-1 and we don't have to watch Nashville hockey until next season.
And most importantly, WE ARE GOING TO THE WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS!!!!!!!!!!
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