Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Kesler was penalized for an illegal check to the head of Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tyler Myers late in the first period of Game 2.
Myers, who stands 6’8″ tall compared to Kesler at 6’2″ tall, was bending over to play the puck when Kesler caught him with the hit, which resulted in a minor penalty. Myers remained in the game for Winnipeg.
In January, Kesler escaped without a disciplinary hearing while drawing the ire of Vancouver fans and his former Canucks teammates for a questionable hit on Derek Dorsett.
VANCOUVER — With less than two minutes remaining in the Canucks’ 4-1 win over Calgary in Game 2 of their opening-round series, this happened:
The brawl came after a chippy 58 minutes of action in which the Flames, stymied for most of the night by Vancouver’s tight checking and the goaltending of Eddie Lack, started to get physical; Michael Ferland took a healthy run at Chris Tanev that ended with a charging penalty midway through the third, and both Dennis Wideman and Yannick Weber were given 10-minute misconducts with less than five to go.
Then came the fireworks. Nobody’s quite sure of the total penalty minute tally yet, as the game officials still appear to be working out the figures, but the incident easily eclipsed 100 PIM all told.
Looking ahead, it’ll be interesting to see if the NHL’s Department of Player Safety opts to review any of tonight’s events; Deryk Engelland received an instigator penalty late, on top of two (yes, two) fighting majors and two (or possibly three) game misconducts.
There also could be a review of Dan Hamhuis, who was the third man in on the fight between Engelland and Derek Dorsett.
After blowing a third-period lead and surrendering the lsing goal with 30 seconds left against Calgary in Game 1, the Canucks are feeling the pressure for tonight’s all-important tilt at Rogers Arena.
Just as Daniel Sedin.
“I don’t think we played a bad game last game, but we lost,” Sedin said, per Sportsnet. “Tonight we look at it as a must-win.”
Sedin has been a hot topic over the last 24 hours, thanks in large part to his ice time in Game 1. Vancouver’s leading point-getter in the regular season played just 16:14 while fellow forwards Nick Bonino (16:24) and Chris Higgins (16:53) played more.
“We play our best when we’re fresh,” Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins explained of his ice-time distribution. “Maybe [the Sedins] should have had a couple more minutes, probably wouldn’t have hurt. But … there’s no sense burning them out one game.
“They’re going to be fresh for the next game, and maybe in the end that’ll pay off.”
In light of those comments, it’ll be interesting to see how much Desjardins plays the Sedins tonight — especially if it’s tight in the third period, like it was on Wednesday. Sedin played just 4:45 in the final frame in Game 1 ; by comparison, grinding winger Derek Dorsett played 4:59.