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Monday night: Playoff points to watch

5/9/2011

No. 1 Vancouver Canucks at No. 5 Nashville Predators (Canucks lead 3-2), 8 p.m. ET

  • Nashville's win in Game 5 was the first time in team playoff history the Predators won when facing elimination.

  • The Predators have never played a Game 7.

  • Vancouver's Joel Ward is tied for the NHL playoffs lead with seven goals after scoring 10 goals the entire regular season.

  • Ryan Kesler scored five goals in his past three games. He did not score in his previous 17 postseason games.

  • The Canucks are trying to become the first Western Conference Canadian team to reach the conference finals since the Oilers in 2006. Vancouver's last appearance in the conference finals was 1994.

  • The last time Vancouver was forced to a Game 7 after leading the series 3-1 was the 2007 conference quarterfinals against the Stars. The Canucks won Game 7 4-1.