NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Vancouver
(Monday, January 11th)
Final Score: Nashville 3, Vancouver 2
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Shea Weber scored a power-play goal with 4:03 remaining in the third period to lift the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks at GM Place.
Ryan Jones also had a power-play goal, while Joel Ward netted a short-handed tally for the Predators, who have won five of their last seven games. Dan Ellis turned aside 30 shots in the win.
Alexandre Burrows lit the lamp twice for Vancouver, which has lost two straight on the heels of a four-game win streak. Roberto Luongo made 22 saves in defeat as the Canucks failed to pick up a point for the first time in 10 games.
Burrows deflected an Alexander Edler shot behind Ellis for a power-play goal, tying the game at two at 1:30 of the middle stanza.
The score remained the same until Weber converted a 4-on-3 advantage with a blast from above the left circle. Ellis made the lead stand up down the stretch.
In the waning seconds, Burrows received a two-minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for saying something to referee Stephane Auger. Burrows also received a 10-minute misconduct.
Earlier in the game, Burrows was called for diving and for interference. After the contest, Burrows indicated a feud he's had with Auger, which goes back to a December 8 game against Nashville. That's when Jerred Smithson hit Burrows and was given a five-minute major penalty. Auger, though, according to Burrows, believed the Vancouver forward was faking the seriousness of that call and had plans to get even Monday night.
"It was personal," Burrows said of his run-in with Auger. "It started in warm- up. Before the anthem the ref came over to me and said I made him look bad in Nashville on the Smithson hit. He said he was going to get me back tonight. He caught me on a diving call I didn't think was diving and on an interference call I had no idea how he could call that.
"It changes the game. It sucks. I think he should sit out the rest of the year making calls like that, making us look bad. Every two points are so important in this league. We just blew two points because of his officiating tonight."
Luongo concurred with Burrows' assessment of the officiating.
"I'm not the type of guy to make excuses, that's not who I am, but I've never seen anything like it in my whole career," Luongo said. "That's the first time I've seen calls like that, especially when the game is on the line."
Ward opened the scoring two minutes into the contest, but Burrows drew Vancouver even with 3:18 to go in the first period. Jones positioned himself on the lip of the crease and scored on a deflection with 28 seconds left in the frame.
"The best you can do is hopefully keep working hard, keep your feet moving and hopefully get a few calls on your side," Ward said. "We just can't really put too much trust on the refs, just concentrate on what we have to do on the ice."
Nashville captain Jason Arnott missed a second straight game due to an upper- body injury...Predators defenseman Ryan Suter was named an alternate captain for the United States Olympic hockey team...Nashville has gone 9-2-1 in its last 12 road games...Daniel Sedin had two assists for Vancouver...Nashville plays at Edmonton on Tuesday...The Canucks visit Minnesota on Wednesday.
01/12 03:40:20 ET