The Vancouver Canucks forfeited an ideal chance to put away the Nashville Predators, with wind in their sales and a heightened sense of confidence playing in front of the home fans. The Predators turned the corner in the second period when Joel Ward burst onto the scene, with two goals and an assist.
While the Canucks managed to get three goals past Pekke Rinne, they did not play their best game yesterday. However, Ryan Kesler continued his second round dominance, scoring two of Vancouver’s three goals on the night. The Canucks, who currently hold a 3-2 lead in the series, can secure a berth in the Western final of they defeat the Predators on Monday.
Joel Ward emerges as offensive leader for the Predators, with four goals in three games this series.
Last night’s the stars, courtesy of Puck Dqddy
Five current coaching vacancies around the league as the off season approaches.
The young centre has suffered from head injuries throughout his career.
World Championship Links:
Jason Spezza, John Tavares and James Neal each recorded a goal in Canada’s 3-2 decision over Norway yesterday.
Ovi expected to be in the lineup for Russia when they take on Czech Republic later today.
Last Night in Leafs Prospects:
After taking the opening game of the WHL Western finals against the Kootenay Oce, Brad Ross and the Portland Winterhawks dropped Game 2 at home last night. Ross was pointless with a minus-two on a night where the Winterhawks allowed 7 goals. They can take a 2-1 series lead when they travel to Kootenay for Game 3 on Monday.
For those who didn’t follow the OHL Priority Draft online yesterday, the complete list of draftees through all 15 rounds can be found below.
Did the Canucks play well enough as a team to win last night’s game or was Ryan Kesler one of only few brightspots?