5.09.2011

Playoff Game of the Night


2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Game 6: Vancouver Canucks vs. Nashville Predators @ Bridgestone Arena
2-1 Final; Vancouver wins the series 4-2

In Game 5, the Predators forced another game in Music City and continued to make franchise history. A couple of nights later, the Canucks look to end their historic run as they made some history of their own.

Looking better than they did last game, the Canucks got the ball rolling before the half-way mark of the period was hit. Mason Raymond beat Pekka Rinne with a backhander from Ryan Kesler at 7:45 of the period. Then just two minutes later (and a minute into the power play) the top PP unit got to work! Daniel Sedin got his sixth goal of the playoffs and proved that the Sedin's aren't dormant by giving Henrik Sedin an assist. Kesler proved to be Vancouver's MVP with his second point of the night and it was only 9:28 into the period!

Early into the middle period (3:31), the Predators get on the board by means of David Legwand. With good forechecking, Legwand just threw it on goal and never expected it to get it, but it did. Despite Roberto Luongo laying down to make it seem like it didn't go in. Referee Steve Kozari went to check it on review - it was in. Yet another fluke goal for Nashville!

Game 6 was not Rinne's best. You couldn't blame his play on the ice no matter how warm Nashville was at the time and how dingy the ice was getting. Rinne looked like he was half a world off from where he should be. He nearly got beat by a couple of bouncers

The third may not have had as much hockey as the first, but it was enough for the Canucks to hold on through. The Predators historic run end, but not without some positives. In the two rounds of playoffs the Predators played, some great players emerged and stronger talent has developed. Nashville looks to have a good team for the next couple of years. And that defence - damn how I love that defence.

3 stars:
(1) Ryan Kesler
(2) Mason Raymond
(3) David Legwand

















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