NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Vancouver
(Tuesday, December 22nd)
Final Score: Vancouver 4, Nashville 1
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Twin brothers Daniel and Henrik Sedin both posted a goal and two assists to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators at GM Place.
Steve Bernier and Sami Salo also scored for the Canucks, who improved to 5-2 on their current eight-game homestand. Roberto Luongo turned aside 20 shots in the victory.
"I didn't think they played their best game, but we didn't give them a whole lot, either," Henrik Sedin said. "Our [defensemen] were moving the puck really well, forwards came back, helping them out. We played a really solid game."
Dan Ellis allowed four goals on 36 shots for Nashville, which entered the contest as winners of four straight games. Patric Hornqvist notched the only goal in the losing effort.
"We just weren't ourselves," Predators defenseman Shea Weber said. "There's no other excuse...Too many giveaways, too many chances, too much space. Too many errors."
Following a scoreless opening period, the Canucks scored twice in the second stanza for a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes of action.
The first of Vancouver's two second-period tallies occurred at the 6:39 mark. A deflected loose puck along the right side near the circle in the Canucks' offensive zone ended up in the low slot near the top of the crease. Bernier was in the right place at the right time and was all alone in front for a turnaround wrister that slid past Ellis.
Later in the stanza, a minor penalty called on Dave Scatchard led to a Vancouver power play and the hosts cashed in. Kevin Bieksa, from the left point, passed to Daniel Sedin in the slot. A quick pass to brother Henrik, stationed inside the right circle, was preceded by a quick return pass to Daniel, who made good on the give-and-go and lit the lamp with a snap shot from the low slot with 3:37 to play in the frame.
At the 6:53 mark of the final stanza, Salo's shot from the centerpoint made its way through heavy traffic and flew into the back of the cage.
Vancouver's final goal was scored with 10:29 remaining in regulation via Henrik Sedin's 16th marker of the season. The play was made possible by the strong forechecking of Alex Burrows, who kept the puck in the zone along the right half-wall. The disc slid behind the net and Daniel Sedin gained control before his quick pass from along the rear boards found the stick of brother Henrik at the right post for a successful one-timer redirection tally.
Hornqvist's 11th goal in the latter stages of the third capped the scoring.
Despite the loss, Nashville is still a very solid 15-4-2 over its last 21 games...This setback halted the Preds' four-game road win streak...The Oilers will play here on Saturday to close the homestand...Nashville forward Jason Arnott, hampered by an upper body injury, returned to the lineup...The Preds were 0-for-2 on the power play, while the Canucks were 1-for-3 with the extra skater...Nashville hosts Chicago on Saturday in the opener of a home-and-home set with the Blackhawks...Attendance was 18,810.
12/23 03:15:58 ET