Round 2 Game 3 Frame-by Frame: Kesler’s First Goal
Although Vancouver dominated the first period, the lone goal was a shorthanded marker by Predators’ David Legwand. But in the dying seconds of the period, Luongo suckered the refs into calling a high-sticking penalty on Smithson. The Canucks started the second with the man-advantage, but nearly gave up another shorthanded marker as Ehrhoff turned the puck over twice.
Finally Vancouver gets out of their zone and up the ice. Henrik takes the puck at Nashville’s blue line.
Shane O’Brien’s the lone man back as Henrik and Kesler come in 2-on-1. But instead of passing to Kesler, Henrik drops the puck to his brother.
The Sedins cut to the middle, and Daniel spots the trailer. He quickly throws the puck to Christian Ehrhoff, as Joel Ward spins around figuring out what’s going on.
Ehrhoff glides in. Kesler blocks Rinne, and O’Brien drops to his knees. Everyone’s expecting Ehrhoff to shoot.
Ehrhoff goes by O’Brien as Rinne goes down to stop the shot. Notice how aggressively Rinne is challenging Ehrhoff. Only Kesler anticipates what’s about to happen: he twists around to get his stick ready.
Ehrhoff simply goes around Rinne. Kesler is as wide open as the net is: O’Brien let him go to block Ehrhoff’s shot, and Ward and Klein are standing still, watching.
Finally, Kesler buries one, in his tenth game of the 2011 playoffs. It’s also Vancouver’s first powerplay goal in 5 games.