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How Canucks' Ryan Kesler got his game back

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09:49 AM ET 12.14 | Ryan Kesler, 29, is three years removed from the 2010-11 season in which he won the Frank J. Selke Trophy for the NHL???s best defensive forward, and when he scored 41 goals to help drive the Canucks to the Stanley Cup final. From there, it was an odyssey of injuries and surgeries: left hip, left shoulder, left wrist, foot fracture. Last season, he played only one-third of the lockout-shortened campaign. His scoring prowess, and general presence on the ice, was muted. Kesler is back. He's scored 15 goals in 33 games this season (prior to Friday's game) -- tied for ninth in the NHL and on pace for 37 -- and, more broadly, his play has carried the Canucks this month, wresting them from a long losing skid and propelling the team to series of five consecutive wins. Much of the credit to the rehabilitated and revived Kesler goes to Vancouver physiotherapist Rick Celebrini, whose methods are built around core strength, focused as much on injury prevention as injury recovery.

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December 14, 2013  10:09 AM ET

We'll see how they do against Boston tonight and Chicago next week!

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December 14, 2013  10:50 AM ET
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Probably better than Toronto has.

I'm looking forward to tonight's game. Although I'm a little worried about the Leafs without Clarkson's production. :-)

December 14, 2013  11:00 AM ET

It was Torts guiding hand. Or at least 3 fingers.

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December 14, 2013  11:18 AM ET

He's flopping at an unprecidented pace!

Also, I thought that said psychotherapist. That would make sense for a lot of NHL'ers.

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December 14, 2013  03:34 PM ET
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6 wins in their last 19 games...Toronto has to tighten up big time defensively.

But I thought Bernier and Reimer were the second coming of Sawchuk and Bower!

December 14, 2013  06:14 PM ET
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They were better before he debuted.

They were also better when Fraser was hurt.

Clarkson gets two games.

Nonis appeals. Wants 15.

December 14, 2013  10:02 PM ET
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Chicago will slaughter no doubt.

Wrong again:)

 
December 15, 2013  01:46 PM ET

Put 'im on the wheat-bix. I'll applaud when he actually wins something - no, the Sulky trophy don't count - just about the same as the Lady Ting, or the Master-wot's-it's.

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