Ryan Kesler played the Big Dog once again as he led the way with assists on both Canucks goals last night giving him 5+6=11 over the last five games of the series. Given that Vancouver only scored 14 goals in the six game series, it's not that far off to say that Kesler was the entire offense as he was in on an incredible 79% of their goals.
Roberto Luongo with another relatively easy night as he stopped 23 of 24 shots and finishes the series with a 1.65 gaa & .933 sv% while only facing 24.6 shots/60mins.
Nashville really needed to find a way to generate more chances/shots but like a catfish on ice, they just couldn't get anything going... down 2-0 after the 1st period and their playoff lives on the line, they only put up 13 shots over the last two periods... brutal.
Pekka Rinne just needed a little offensive support as he played well putting up a 1.95 gaa & .932 sv% in the series but his team gave him two goals or less of support in five of the six games.
After six points in his first five games, Mike Fisher finished with just 1A and 12 shots over his last seven playoff games... not anywhere close to good enough, especially since they gave up a 1st round pick for him and he comes with a $4.2M cap hit the next two seasons.
Patric Hornqvist & Sergei Kostitsyn combined for just 1A in the series.
Joel Ward surely made himself some money as he had points in 10 of his last 11 playoff games (7+6=13) and is a UFA this summer. Steve Sullivan is also a UFA and likely won't be back and you gotta think the Preds buyout the last year of J.P. Dumont's contract.
David Legwand played hard in this series and had 4+1=5 over a four game point streak to finish the series.
Mason Raymond picked a good time for his first goal of the playoffs as he had the opening goal last night. Been a weak season from him as he regressed to 39 points after breaking out with 53 last year and he's not really showing signs of snapping out of it but maybe he'll dedicate himself over the summer and decide he wants to contribute more next season.
At the WCs yesterday... Finland took 2nd in their group and a QF matchup with Norway after a come-from-behind victory over Russia, no points for Mikael Granlund but the kid was playing a major role and looking slick. Canada beat Sweden 3-2 behind the goaltending of Jonathan Bernier as the Swedes didn't seem too sad to finish 2nd in their group to avoid playing Russia in the quarters. David Rundblad made his WC debut and led the team by playing 23:47. One spot of bother for me has been the play of Matt Duchene as he has no points in six games, was demoted from the 1st to 4th line and played less than 10 minutes in yesterday's game.