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NHL Network presents: Game 3 2011 Western Conference Semifinal: Canucks vs. Predators

Kesler's pair, including OT winner lifts Canucks past Preds in Game 3

Wednesday, 08.24.2011 / 12:00 AM / NHL Network

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NHL Network presents: Game 3 2011 Western Conference Semifinal: Canucks vs. Predators
Kesler's pair, including OT winner lifts Canucks past Preds in Game 3
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Perhaps the only thing better than playoff overtime hockey is playoff overtime hockey in consecutive games of a series. That was the case when the Vancouver Canucks and Nashville Predators collided in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinal.

Had it not been for a late-game mishap in Game 2, the Canucks would be up, 2-0 in the series, but the Preds got the win and were back at home with hopes of taking a stranglehold in the best-of-seven. Vancouver's Ryan Kesler had other plans, though.

Kesler tallied twice -- his first goals of the playoffs -- in what became a 3-2 OT win for the Canucks. The game proved to be a breakout performance for the 41-goal scorer in the regular season.

Despite a fantastic night of hockey on both ends of the puck for the host Predators, including another solid start from goalie Pekka Rinne, they would rely on an almost must-win situation in Game 4 to stay afloat in the series before the series would shift back to Vancouver.

2011 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS REPLAY SCHEDULE
DATE TIME GAME
Mon, Aug. 22 6 p.m. ET Western Conference Semifinals: Predators @ Canucks, Game 1
Tues, Aug. 23
6 p.m. ET
Western Conference Semifinals: Predators @ Canucks, Game 2
Wed, Aug. 24
6 p.m. ET
Western Conference Semifinals: Canucks @ Predators, Game 3
Thu, Aug. 25
6 p.m. ET
Western Conference Semifinals: Canucks @ Predators, Game 4
Fri, Aug. 26 6 p.m. ET Western Conference Semifinals: Predators @ Canucks, Game 5
Sat, Aug. 27 6 p.m. ET Western Conference Semifinals: Canucks @ Predators, Game 6

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