Preds' Ward, Fisher headline Saturday's Three Stars
Ward scored the tie-breaking goal 1:14 into the third, one-timing Mike Fisher's crossing pass after a turnover by Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa, then got what proved the game-winner at 5:45 after another Preds steal in the offensive zone.
Ward went undrafted and mucked around in the minors for a few years in the Minnesota Wild system before finding a home with Barry Trotz in Nashville.
Fisher was good in Nashville's first-round victory over Anaheim, however, and he was certainly good in Game 5. His steal of Bieksa's clearout attempt and subsequent setup of Ward was the biggest play of the game.
Fisher played 23:26, the most ice time of any Nashville forward. True, Nashville's David Legwand did score two goals in the game and is getting snubbed here in the 3 Star department, but sometimes the muckers and grinders like Fisher deserve more of the recognition.
Kesler also won 21-of-26 faceoffs (81 percent). He was on the ice for two Predators goals, however, both scored by Legwand.
Still, Kesler is unquestionably the hottest player right now in the playoffs.