2011 NHL Playoffs: Joe Thornton-Ryan Kesler, Who Will Be the Difference Maker?

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2011 NHL Playoffs: Joe Thornton-Ryan Kesler, Who Will Be the Difference Maker?
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If you watched the San Jose Sharks-Vancouver Canucks game on Versus last night, you were treated to an analysis of the Joe Thornton-Ryan Kesler matchup.

Kesler and Thornton didn't disappoint, quickly conflicting with each other on the opening faceoff.

Thornton set the tone early in Game 1 with a goal off of a Roberto Luongo misstep, but it wasn't enough to ward off a Canucks comeback.

Luckily though, there will be three to six more games in this series, plenty of time left for either team to prove themselves.

And for Joe Thornton and Ryan Kesler to battle.

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