The Dump and Chase – 05/06/2011

No one is laughing at you today for picking Ryan Kesler in your playoff hockey pool. The Vancouver Canucks downed the Predators 4-2, that’s a total of, count ‘em, six goals!

The story of Joel Ward is a great story

While attending university on the East Coast of Canada, a regular hobby of mine was to sneak as many tall boys as my winter jacket could hold into hockey games and watch the Acadia Axemen get trounced by the competition night in, night out. There was one player in particular whose abilities stood out from the rest every time the UPEI Panthers came to town, that player was Joel Ward.

Hockey Night in Canada ran an excellent feature on Ward’s path to the NHL before Thursday’s game, and Ian Walker of the Vancouver Sun has an excellent piece on Ward today.

“I was a late-bloomer and playing [Canadian Interuniversity Sport] just gave me a chance to really understand the game better. I think a lot of players think if they go undrafted out of junior and want to pursue their education their chances of playing pro are over. I’m here to tell you that’s not the case. You just have to believe in your abilities and stay focused and don’t lose that strive to want to play pro hockey.”

Bobrovsky to start Game 4?

Sarah Baicker of CSNPhilly intimates that Sergei Bobrovsky may start Game 4 against the Bruins. If all goes according to plan then we should see Brian Boucher between the pipes midway through the second period.

Green Men meet Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban

Watch the video, then head to Puck Daddy for Photoshopped evidence that proves this wasn’t the first meeting between Kidman and the Green Men.

MacT to Minnesota?

Michael Russo of the Minnesota Star-Tribune reports that Craig MacTavish has emerged as a candidate for head coach of the Minnesota Wild.

Mike Modano ponders retirement

Also would have accepted ‘Mike Modano ponders retirement a year too late’. Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News (and several other outlets) report that Mike Modano may retire if the Detroit Red Wings lose to the San Jose Sharks.

Kid hates the Canucks