It took until the 19th overtime game this postseason before a power play goal decided the outcome.
Ryan Kesler not only deflected in the game-winner as the Vancouver Canucks secured a 3-2 victory in Game 3 of the second-round series against the Nashville Predators Tuesday night, but he also drew the somewhat controversial penalty that resulted on the man-advantage situation.
Kesler and Preds defenseman Shea Weber battled for the puck in the corner, a clash that eventually moved up the boards toward the blue line. Weber’s stick became entangled with Kesler, which resulted in a hooking minor called on Weber.
“I thought it was a little bit light considering all the other stuff that was going on,” Predators coach Barry Tortz told reporters after the game. “I’ve seen it. It was as a good sell by Kesler, a chicken wing with the stick and he kept moving. If you look at it, Webs is pushing on him trying to take his stick out of there. I’ve seen it before. One of the earlier games he drew a couple penalties like that by chicken-winging the stick and holding it here. They’ll say it’s a good penalty. I’ll say it’s a bad penalty.”
The Canucks scored 40 seconds into the power play to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.
The sequence that led to the penalty occurs about midway through this clip:
-- A.J. Perez