First he drove to the net and then after the game his coach said he’s “driving the bus.”

Yes, Ryan Kesler does it all for Vancouver.

The Canucks center picked up a goaltender interference penalty early on but set the tone for the rest of the night last night against Pekka Rinne. He then set up his team’s two goals and won 18 of 29 faceoffs in a 2-1 Game 6 victory at Nashville that clinched Vancouver its third conference finals berth in franchise history.

For his efforts, Kesler is the Star of the Night.

Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun was as impressed by Kesler’s performance as the rest of us. He writes:

With Kesler operating at his now customary hell-bent pace, knocking Rinne off his feet and his game early, if only briefly, serving his time in the penalty box and emerging to set up both Vancouver goals in a space of under two minutes, No. 17 put an exclamation point on a bid for playoff MVP honors.

Well for Kesler to drive off with the playoff MVP, his Canucks will have to win at least one more round of playoffs. With him at the wheel playing the way he is right now, anything might be possible.

Honorable mention: Roberto Luongo (23-for-24 saves), Mason Raymond (G) and Daniel Sedin (G) of Vancouver.

Last night’s score
Vancouver 2, Nashville 1

Tonight’s game
San Jose at Detroit, 8