The Vancouver Canucks have developed a habit of letting teams hang around longer in playoff series than perhaps they should. The series against the Predators was no exception, but the Canucks finally ended it in game 6, 2-1. It wasn’t a pretty game, as Vancouver scored their goals about two minutes apart in the first period, and their shot through 40 minutes totalled 9. The third period was like watching a game of tennis, as whenever the puck got into the Canucks end, it was dumped back out. The Predators could only manage 6 shots in the third while fighting for their playoff lives, so while the Canucks’ strategy wasn’t pretty, it was effective. Ryan Kesler had assists on both goals, scored by Mason Raymond and Daniel Sedin. David Legwand replied for Nashville, who have nothing to hang their head about as they advanced farther than the franchise has ever been before, and served notice that they are a team to be reckoned with in the future.
From a Senators standpoint, the Nashville loss finalizes the return from the Mike Fisher deal. Ottawa will have the 21st overall pick this June, plus Nashville’s 3rd round pick next summer.
Tonight will possibly determine Vancouver’s opponent, as the San Jose Sharks want to mimic Vancouver’s game 6 win and leave the Red Wings in Detroit when they go home. The Wings want nothing more than to make the trip West again and force a game 7. Jimmy Howard will attempt to repeat his heroics from game 5, after having been unspectacular early on in the series. Antti Niemi has outplayed Howard for the most part, which is why
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