Everything that went right, and everything did, for the Canucks Friday should come with an asterisk. It must be pointed out early and often, they were playing the Edmonton Oilers. And the Oilers were awful. The Canucks won 4-0. The margin of victory should have been double. Even the Canucks fourth line looked good. Heck, they dominated several shifts and scored a goal with 34 seconds left. The best player on the ice was Ryan Kesler. He was dynamic everywhere he appeared. He won 90 per cent of his faceoffs. He created chances on about 70 per cent of his shifts. He drilled Ales Hemsky with one of his best hits of the year. The Canucks centre, long criticized for not making his wingers better, made everyone better. His line was unstoppable, in every way but the scoresheet. That’s going to be an issue when the Canucks step up in weight class. It was not an issue against the Oilers. Since the Sedins lost Alex Burrows, the Canucks’ best line has been Kesler’s line. He continues to look like the player he was in 2011.
Kesler and Tanev shine in Canucks 4-0 victory over the woeful Oilers
Vancouver Province | Dec 14