May 30, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler (17) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks in the second period in game seven of the Western Conference Final of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
4. Ryan Kesler
Kesler has become a recent foe of the Blackhawks after all of the battles he had with Chicago when he played for the Vancouver Canucks. Kesler is an agitator who has a tendency to get under Chicago’s skin.
The Blackhawks vs. Kesler rivalry renewed itself last year in the Western Conference finals. Kesler reignited the war when he described the Blackhawks as “beatable” before the series began last spring. But, who can forget this gem of a quote:
“No human can withstand that many hits.”
Kesler said that on May 24 after the Blackhawks outlasted the Ducks 3-2 in triple overtime in Game 2 of the series. The Blackhawks ultimately withstood the hits, knocking off the Ducks in seven games en route to their third Stanley Cup championship.
Kesler’s numbers aren’t gaudy against the Blackhawks. His eight goals and eight assists in 37 games does not exactly merit fear, but his 59 penalty minutes against the Blackhawks are tied for his most against a single opponent. Kesler is one of Chicago’s greatest agitators and is one the fans will never forgive.
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