“Without The Slightest Contribution”

Jonathan Willis
May 06 2011 10:22PM

I’ve been delighted to see how three games can change the perception of a player. The Ryan Kesler bandwagon is in full swing, with the shutdown of the Toews line approaching the status of legend and his recent outburst against the Predators erasing the memories of his offensively inept first round against Chicago.

The flip side, at least in some quarters, has been the disparagement of the Sedin twins (pictured above).

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Game Review: WCS Gm 4

Cam Davie
May 06 2011 08:57AM

Kesler went into BEAST MODE on his game winning goal.
Then he showed the Predators faithful his best Byfuglien impression.
(Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)

Game Review: Western Conference Semfinal Game 4 - Canucks @ Predators

The Vancouver Canucks played arguably their most dominant game against the Nashville Predators last night. And it was a well-worn cliche that finally got them there.

On Thursday, the Canucks' best players were their best players. And once again, #17 led the way.

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Y'all Can't Walk No Line: Canucks & Predators - Game Four

Yankee Canuck
May 05 2011 05:52PM


Vancouver Canucks @ Nashville Predators

  5:30 PM PST

Predators   Canucks
5 Wins 6
4 Losses 4
0 OTL 2
2.89 (8th) Goals/Game 2.10 (T-14th)
2.78 (T-9th) Goals Against/Game 2.60 (T-6th)
15.4% (11th) PP 21.4% (7th)
68.8% (16th) PK 85.4% (6th)

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GDR: WCS Gm 4 - Canucks @ Predators

Cam Davie
May 05 2011 11:13AM

Ryan Kesler, you are a magnificent beast. Can you wrap it up in three periods though?
(Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)

Game Day Recon: Western Conference Semifinal Game 4 - Canucks @ Predators

The Vancouver Canucks finally got their bounces. They got none in the opening round against Chicago, and none through the first two games against Nashville. Those lucky bounces and goals seemed to be going AGAINST the Canucks, but Game 3 saw that change. As the adage goes, "You have to be good to be lucky and lucky to be good."

So has the Canucks puck luck finally swung in their favour?

If so, can we expect the Sedins, specifically Henrik, to finally break out on the scoresheet tonight?

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Thomas Drance
May 04 2011 10:47AM

Kesler celebrates his game winning tip.
(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Yesterday - the Canucks team effort was solid, but for a second straight game the Canucks allowed the Predators to score late, forcing overtime. Thankfully, however, the team from Vancouver pulled out the win.

That the Canucks won last night was in large part thanks to Kesler's gamesmanship, and soft hands. In OT, Kesler drew a rather weak penalty on Shea Weber with a scrappy “chicken-wing” maneuver. Kesler's chicken-winging was unclean and theatrical, but it was also as timely as Milhousian flood-pants. On the ensuing power-play, the Canucks resident Selke nominee tipped a Samuelsson shot 5-hole for the game winner.

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