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NHL Network presents: Game 4 2011 Western Conference Semifinal: Predators vs. Canucks

Kesler, Canucks push Preds to brink of elimination with 4-2 win

Thursday, 08.25.2011 / 12:00 AM / NHL Network

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NHL Network presents: Game 4 2011 Western Conference Semifinal: Predators vs. Canucks
Kesler, Canucks push Preds to brink of elimination with 4-2 win
All summer long, NHL Network will be replaying the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs -- from every jaw-dropping goal to every highlight-reel save to every crushing defeat.

Each game of the postseason -- spanning the more than two-month period from the opening round to Boston's Game 7 clincher of the Stanley Cup Final -- will be shown on the Network throughout the offseason.

Fans can tune in at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET nightly for a different game -- and different chance to re-live history. A complete program schedule can be found on NHLNetwork.com.


The Western Conference Semifinal between the Vancouver Canucks and Nashville Predators would be all but decided in Game 4.

Either the Canucks would lead the series 3-1 before returning to Vancouver for Game 5, or the Predators would steal the momentum before the series shifts and make it a best-of-three series.

Ryan Kesler made sure the former took place, as his three-point night proved too much for Pekka Rinne and the Predators to handle in a 4-2 defeat.

The Predators were led by the play of Joel Ward, who collected two points, including one on the game-tying goal in the third period. But Ward's offensive prowess wasn't much complemented, as the Preds put just 21 shots on Roberto Luongo.

Eventually, Kesler's game-winning power play goal midway through the third period put the Preds on the brink of elimination heading 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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