NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Nashville|
(Tuesday, February 7th)
Final Score: Vancouver 4, Nashville 3 (SO)
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Alexander Edler scored in the sixth round of
a shootout Tuesday night, lifting the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-3 win over the
Edler challenged Pekka Rinne from the left side, skating deep into the zone
and flipping a shot past his right pad. At the other end, Colin Wilson was
able to slide a shot under Roberto Luongo from the right, but the puck drifted
wide on the far side of the net.
"It's a tight league. Not a lot of separation, and we're going to be involved
in a lot of tight games," Luongo said.
The Canucks beat the Predators for the second time in three games this season,
though Tuesday's game was the first time the teams met in Nashville since last
year's Western Conference semifinals, which Vancouver won in six games.
Ryan Kesler, Byron Bitz and Daniel Sedin scored goals to give Vancouver a 3-1
lead at the first intermission. Luongo had 34 saves in regulation, including
one at the horn on Colin Wilson's shot from the point.
Luongo added three saves in overtime and the Canucks remained unbeaten in
regulation over their last six games (5-0-1). The Northwest Division leaders
have only two regulation losses in their last 14 games (9-2-3).
Sergei Kostitsyn and Mike Fisher scored in the first 5:16 of the second period
to tie the game for Nashville, which fell to 14-3-1 over its last 18. Wilson
had a goal and Rinne finished with 28 saves.
"That's a fast team over there and we tried to match it," said Nashville
defenseman Roman Josi. "I thought we played pretty well and a got a point out
of it, just couldn't get that extra point."
On a power play, Kesler beat Rinne with a snap shot from the right side at
11:42 of the first period but Wilson squeezed a shot through Luongo from the
left side to tie the game at 1-1 two minutes later.
Bitz's goal came from the slot on a 3-on-2 with 1:39 remaining in the period
and Sedin scored just 23 seconds later, stuffing the puck in off Bitz's pass
from behind the net.
Kostitsyn got a piece of Kevin Klein's shot from high on the right side for
his goal at 4:14 of the second period and Fisher also scored on a deflection
62 seconds later to tie the game at 3-3.
The Canucks are 2-0 on a four-game road trip that continues on Thursday at
Minnesota...The Predators had a six-game home winning streak snapped. They
play four of their next five on the road.
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