The Stat Line Of The Night – 12/15/10 – Ryan Kesler
The Sedin twins and Roberto Luongo get most of the praise and attention in Vancouver, but last night it would be another member of the Canucks stealing the spotlight in front of the hometown crowd at Rogers Arena. The Columbus Blue Jackets gave Vancouver everything they had, but they had no answer for Ryan Kesler.
The Canucks center led the scoring charge for his team as he would be responsible for all three Vancouver goals, including the game-winner in overtime, on route to the 3-2 home victory. Kesler seemed to have a nose for the net as he terrorized Blue Jackets goaltender Mathieu Garon all game long, scoring goals in the first, second and overtime periods. The Blue Jackets showed plenty of resilience, coming back to tie the game after each of Kesler’s first two goals, but they wouldn’t get the opportunity to do so following the third goal as Kesler buried a cross-crease pass from Daniel Sedin on the power-play to seal the victory in the extra frame.
The Canucks have been stellar on home ice, where they are 10-3-2, but if they want to be successful when it counts, in the playoffs, they will need to get some solid production from players other than the Sedins. Last night they got that from Kesler as he earned our “Stat Line of the Night” for Wednesday, December 15, 2010.