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Canucks win after "chicken wing" penalty call

Posted on: May 4, 2011 1:04 am
Edited on: May 4, 2011 3:24 am
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

Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 8:30 am

Canucks win after "chicken wing" penalty call

Definitely a good sell by Kesler, he was clearly keeping Webers stick there, but of course the question is always, what was it doing there in the first place?  If they were going to call any penalty it should have been the boarding call two mins earlier on boom boom (which would have kept Weber on the PK), so I can understand the frusteration from preds fans, especially after the refs missed that too many men call on us earlier in the OT.  Tough break for Nashville but bottom line is you aren't going to win a lot of games without getting some shots on net, which they had a very tough time doing on Tuesday.

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