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NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Nashville



(Sunday, March 7th)

Final Score: Vancouver 4, Nashville 2

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Jannik Hansen scored the game-winner in the third, as the Vancouver Canucks rallied for a 4-2 win over the Nashville Predators.

Henrik Sedin had a goal and an assist, while Alexander Edler and Mikael Samuelsson each lit the lamp for the Canucks, who have won three of their last four.

Roberto Luongo made 33 stops for Vancouver, which notched its 40th win on the season in its 65th game. It's the fastest that Vancouver has gotten to 40 wins in franchise history.

Vancouver, which is 7-5-0 in its NHL-record 14-game road trip, plays in Colorado on Tuesday.

"We got some lucky breaks tonight," said Samuelsson. "You know, sometimes those breaks go the other way, but tonight they went our way and we were able to get the win."

Jason Arnott and Jordin Tootoo each had a goal for the Predators, who have dropped their last two games. Pekka Rinne gave up three goals on 27 shots.

"For the most part we did a pretty good job," said Nashville head coach Barry Trotz. "They're a good hockey and you have to limit their chances and I think we did. They just made the most of the ones they did have."

Trailing by a goal in the third, Vancouver tied the game at 2-all halfway through the frame. Samuelsson was able to catch up to a rolling puck at the outside right circle, and he blasted it into the top of the net.

A bit over four minutes later, the Canucks took a 3-2 advantage, as Hansen was sprung on the breakaway and saw his wrister stopped but followed up and slammed home the rebound.

Nashville got Rinne out of the net for the extra attacker, but Sedin sealed the win with the empty-netter.

At the 11:10 mark of the first period, the Canucks took the lead. Pavol Demitra, who was without his stick, kicked the puck along the boards from the left point, and it went down to the deep right side. Ryan Kesler gathered the disc and sent a pass out front for Edler, who sent a low wrist shot just inside the left post.

Nashville, though, got the goal back with 6:16 to play in the first, as Arnott's slap shot from the right circle went off the knob of Luongo's stick and into the net for a power-play goal.

The Predators took the lead 7:25 into the second period. A turnover from Demitra in the attacking end saw Nashville take the puck down the ice. From the left circle, Tootoo blasted a shot on net that Luongo stopped, but Tootoo followed up his shot and chipped the rebound over the goaltender for a 2-1 advantage.

Game Notes

Nashville hits the road for four games starting in Atlanta on Tuesday...Samuelsson's goal was his 24th of the season, a new career- high...Each team won twice in the season series...Nashville went 1-for-2 on the power play, while Vancouver failed on one chance with the extra attacker.

03/07 19:51:31 ET


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