Thursday, May 5, 2011

Kesler Dazzles, Vancouver Takes 3-1 Series Lead

At 7:28 of the 3rd period, Ryan Kesler split the defensive pair of Shane O'Brien and Shea Weber and beat Pekka Rinne far side to give the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 lead.

Cody Franson had previously tied the game at two with a shot from the point that beat Luongo and stuck in the back of the net.

The Bridgestone Arena crowd urged the team to tie the game up with a standing ovation late in the 3rd period, but Henrik Sedin fired the puck into the empty net to sign, seal, and deliver game four.

This marks the first time that the Nashville Predators have lost both game three and four at home.

The home ice advantage that the Predators speak so highly of has seemingly been a non-factor with Nashville playing uninspired hockey at times. The will to win has been at a minimal for a team that had to will its way in to the playoffs. Credit Vancouver. They have forced the Predators off their game and are just a minute away from having sweapt this series.

The Predators however have not been widely outplayed for the most part and are capable of winning game five.

The biggest question is: Do they want it enough?

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