NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Nashville
(Tuesday, December 8th)
Final Score: Nashville 4, Vancouver 2
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Martin Erat became the second consecutive player to record a hat trick against Vancouver, and also picked up an assist to help the Nashville Predators double up the Canucks, 4-2, at Sommet Center.
Patric Hornqvist added a power-play goal, while Jason Arnott and Steve Sullivan each collected two helpers for the Predators, who had lost three of four coming in. Pekka Rinne made 16 of his 34 saves in the third period.
"It's always nice to get a hat trick. But we got two points and that's the most important thing for us right now," Erat said.
Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler lit the lamp for Vancouver, which dropped the final two stops on its four-game road trip following wins in New Jersey and Philadelphia. Roberto Luongo finished with 22 saves in defeat.
Carolina's Erik Cole netted a hat trick in Saturday's 5-3 victory over the Canucks.
Erat wheeled and fired a shot from behind the Vancouver net that caromed in off Luongo's skate at 4:19 of the first period for a 1-0 Predators lead.
While on a power play, Francis Bouillon threaded a pass to Erat, streaking down the middle, and he slipped the puck between the legs of Luongo at the 3:03 mark of the middle session.
Kesler's power-play goal trimmed the deficit to one at 12:12 of the second period, but Hornqvist tapped in a feed from Arnott to make it 3-1 at 11:27 of the third.
Sedin made it a one-goal game with 3:35 remaining, but Erat scored an empty- netter to complete the trifecta with 66 seconds left.
"You're down by a goal and trying to fight back, but taking three penalties in one period is not a smart thing to do," said Vancouver head coach Alain Vigneault. "Obviously that really hurt us. They got a two-goal lead again and we were too late."
It was Erat's second career hat trick. His first occurred on March 4, 2008 at Edmonton...Nashville had lost four straight at home to the Canucks...Vancouver dropped to 1-6-0 this season against teams from the Central Division...The Preds host Columbus on Thursday...Vancouver returns home to begin an eight- game homestand Thursday against Atlanta.
12/09 01:13:49 ET