May 082011
 

The Situation

There’s 29.3 seconds left in the third period, and Vancouver’s clinging to a 3-2 lead. A win would earn a 3-1 stranglehold on the series; a loss would allow Nashville to tie up the series. Vigneault calls a timeout to sketch a set play off the faceoff.

Frame 1

Because he’s a left-handed shot, Henrik Sedin will take the draw against Mike Fisher. Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows line up on either side of him.

Frame 2

Henrik wins the puck back into the corner for Kesler. All the Predators move in that direction — but notice Burrows sprinting to the point.

Frame 3

Because Kesler’s a right-handed shot, he’s in perfect position to fire a hard shot around the boards. Erat is unable to stop him.

Frame 4

The puck rings around the boards and towards the point.

Frame 5

A sliding Burrows just beats Weber to the puck, as Henrik leaves the zone in anticipation of the pass.

Frame 6

Somehow the puck squirts past Burrows and Weber and up along the boards.

Frame 7

It’s up to Henrik to ice this now. He takes careful aim from the blue line …

Frame 8

… and hits the empty. Henrik finally has his first goal of the playoffs, and Vancouver finally has their first 2-goal lead of this series. Twenty-one seconds later, the horn sounds and the Canucks head home for a chance to finish off the pesky Predators.

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