Mats Sundin and Ryan Kesler, each with a goal and an assist, and Pavol Demitra, with two assists, were instrumental in Vancouver earning a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night to snap an eight-game skid. And the mood was upbeat at Thursday's practice as Vancouver prepared for the young and improved Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday."We had a good game but one game doesn't make a season so we've got to improve off that," Kesler, a speedy skater who plays with an edge, said of coach Alain Vigneault's latest combination. "We were a unit of three and we worked off each other."
Amazing energy from that line against the Hurricanes. Alain Vigneault was going to continue juggling line mates with Mats Sundin until he found someone to click with the big Swede. He may have finally found something. That being said, they could have a lousy game against the Hawks on Saturday night and AV's knee-jerking will resume. However, I'm feeling fairly positive about that line. Demitra and Sundin were already clicking before Pavol's groin failed him.
Ryan Kesler is finally getting a fair chance to show what kind of scoring skills he has. The "checking forward" now has 5 points in his last 2 games and has become the newest local hero. He is going to step up big time in a scoring role methinks.