They won't talk about it. They'd like to but they can't.
It's like mentioning a shutout before the event actually occurs. It's a jinx. Imagine the Vancouver Canucks communicating about what it would mean to capture the Stanley Cup here Monday. What it would mean to skate around the TD Garden hoisting that trophy for the first time in franchise history. And what it would mean to have family and friends present to share the celebration.
For that all that to occur, the Canucks must replicate their home game on foreign ice, where they've been outscored 12-1 in two sour Stanley Cup final outings. They must find a power play that's an abysmal 1-for-25 and send a search party to find the second line that has disappeared and combined for just two points and is a minus-8. That story has flown under the radar because two combined series points from Henrik and Daniel Sedin is the big story that won't go away.
However, there may be hope on the horizon. The inspirational kind they write about in movie scripts.
Ryan Kesler looked like he was skating on two legs and not one Friday in a 1-0 victory to put the Canucks up 3-2 and put the Stanley Cup parade committee back to work. The centre didn't have a shot in Game 5, but it looked like that troublesome left leg was shot up with something because he skated better and competed harder. And it wouldn't be a stretch to suggest that Kesler is hurting even more, because he didn't practise Sunday. What was labelled as a day off from the rink and the media was probably more about addressing ailments that may be well beyond a groin strain. Amid all this, Kesler will play Monday. Yes, he will play.
"He's proved it all year that he likes the word warrior," said linemate Mason Raymond, who's pointless in the series but had three shots in Game 5. "He has been through a lot and fought through a lot. This time of year, you lay it on the line no matter what you're going through, and he has continued to do that. For all the guys, it's incentive."
Raymond has never won a major championship. His Camrose Kodiaks lost the Junior A 2005 Royal Bank Cup final 3-2 to Weyburn, Sask.
Ryan Kesler: He'll play, you know he'll play!
Vancouver Province | Jun 13