Kesler, H. Sedin, Franson comprise Thursday's Three Stars
For no justifiable reason during a 2-2 game in the third period, Nashville defender Ryan Suter decided to hog-tie Kesler from behind and toss him to the ice, putting his team down a man. With the Canucks a little more than midway through the power play, Kesler split the defense of Shea Weber and Shane O'Brien and beat hard-luck goalie Pekka Rinne with a smoking wrist shot to the left side. Kesler added two assists, for his second straight three-point game.
Remember when this guy was in a slump?
Sedin may still be bothered by an injury of some kind, which could account for some of his -- for him, at least -- subpar playoffs before Thursday. He looked just fine in Game 4, posting the three points and plus-2 in 18:05 of ice time.
Franson put three shots on net and Weber got zero. With Weber having possibly the hardest shot in the NHL, that wasn't what coach Barry Trotz wanted.