Red-hot Kesler, Canucks visit Senators

Vancouver (28-21-8) at Ottawa (22-25-9), 7:30 pm EST

OTTAWA (Ticker) — The Vancouver Canucks have found their stride
– thanks largely to the play of Ryan Kesler.

Kesler will attempt to lead the Canucks to their seventh win in
eight games when they face the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.

The 24-year-old Kesler netted both a power-play and shorthanded
goal during Tuesday’s 4-3 shootout victory over the Calgary

Defenseman Kevin Bieksa tallied with 51 seconds remaining in the
third period to tie the game for Vancouver, which had lost its
previous eight contests before this surge.

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A first-round selection in 2003, Kesler has recorded nine goals
and 13 points over the last eight games. The center has 18
tallies and 20 assists on the campaign.

The Senators had their season-best, five-game winning streak
snapped with Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Colorado

Ottawa, which has picked up a point in seven straight contests
(5-0-2), remains 13 points out of the final playoff spot in the
Eastern Conference.