I Find This Photo Odd: Ryan Kesler climbs the net

Thursday night’s 6-5 Canuck loss versus the Nashville Predators was jam-packed with oddities. There was the offensive outburst, as the two teams combined for 11 goals, only three fewer than their entire season series last year. There was the goalie no-show, as Cory Schneider’s hot streak came to a screeching halt with 3 goals on 5 shots and Roberto Luongo only fared marginally better. And, of course, there was that strange little moment when Ryan Kesler scaled the net.

Of course, it made some sense in the moment. Kesler wound up perched above the crossbar as the result of a power move he made to the goal, which, had he not thought on his feet and jumped the net like a cow hurdling the moon, might have resulted in a collision with Anders Lindback. Then, in order to get back down without stepping down on Lindback, Kesler had to swivel around and drop down behind the net. It’s all very reasonable.

Except that it looked completely ridiculous. Kesler less resembles a hockey player here than a bank robber being thwarted by Spiderman or a gymnast working the pommel horse. Reader Jake was kind enough to bless us with a photoshop of the latter.

It’s been said that Kesler has all sorts of core strength, and we can see it at work here. Just offscreen, Sofia Coppola and the girl in the black leotard are staring daggers at her, like in that classic Chemical Brothers video.

And finally, reader @zombotron points out that Kesler has a history of winding up strangely sprawled, so we shouldn’t be all that surprised by shenanigans of this sort.

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7 comments

  1. Andrew Fleming
    December 2, 2011

    Or maybe he saw someone pointing a camera at Lindback and got carried away Keslurking it?

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  2. Beninvictoria
    December 2, 2011

    Spider Kes
    Spider Kes
    Does whatever a Spider Kes does
    Shoots the puck
    Doesn’t pass
    Puts Shea Weber
    On his a$$
    Look out! Here comes the Spider Kes!

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  3. Jones Smith
    December 2, 2011

    Like the typical office worker, Kes was surfing the net while on the job.

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  4. The Bookie
    December 2, 2011

    The Netman Cometh!

    Kesler, a master of karate and friendship for everyone!

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  5. Nee
    December 2, 2011

    Nice touch by DJ Dave to play the “What Up with That?” song from SNL right after. I lol’d.

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  6. stathead
    December 2, 2011

    Funny articles, spot on. Was a great relief to see someone writing intelligently about the goaltenders lately, so was a bit confused to see your comments above – why do you write Luongo was marginally better, when you mean twice as good, or 40% better — quite a margin! :)

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  7. Melissa
    December 6, 2011

    Kesler can be a hoot and a holler at times (sorry I guess I have Big Bang Theory on the brain at the moment)!

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