Led, as usual, by the pairing of Kevin Bieksa and Dan Hamhuis, the Canucks defence shut down the Predators one final time here on Monday night busted open the door to the third round of the NHL playoffs. The defence partnership of Bieksa and Hamhuis, as they have all season long, played against Nashville's top offensive line and kept them – whether it was Mike Fisher's unit or that of David Legwand -- quiet enough for the Canucks to eke out a hard-fought 2-1 win and end the series in six games. It was a big rebound from two nights earlier in Game 5 in Vancouver, when two defensive errors in the third period cost the Canucks the game and forced the return trip to Tennessee. "We put in behind us," said Bieksa, who logged 23:46, second to Hamhuis' team high 25:07. "We got another flukey one against us tonight. One flukey goal shouldn't beat us or two for that matter. We've got a tough one against us again, but we kept playing and weathered the storm when we had to and played solid in the third." Bieksa was referring to David Legwand's groaner from behind the bet that was smothered by goaltender Roberto Luongo but ruled a goal to much denial by the Canucks. The goal, 3:31 into the second, ignited the Preds who'd trailed 2-0 after one period. The rest of the second was played mostly in the Vancouver end, with the Canucks managing just two shots. "The second period it just seemed like a fire drill out there," admitted Bieksa.
Bieksa and Hamhuis lead Preds shutdown
Vancouver Province | May 10