VANCOUVER, B.C. – After dropping a pair of games to the last-place Edmonton Oilers, the Vancouver Canucks wanted to make sure they closed out their home schedule on the right foot.
The Canucks, who celebrated the first regular-season championship in franchise history before Thursday night's game, did just that by blanking the Minnesota Wild 5-0 with the help of a three-goal performance from Ryan Kesler.
Kesler's third goal made him the fifth 40-goal scorer in the NHL this season. The Canucks are the only team with two -- NHL scoring leader Daniel Sedin has 41. Kesler finished the season with 7 goals in six games against the Wild.
"It's a good milestone, but it was good to get the win and get back on track," Kesler said while downplaying his first 40-game season. "We definitely didn't play our best hockey the last couple games and it was good to play a full 60 like that."
who cares. the same thing that applies to Jeff Carter, applies to Ryan Kelser. he could of scored 90 this season. he still hasnt done jack **** in the playoffs. which is all that matters right?