NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Nashville
(Tuesday, March 29th)
Final Score: Vancouver 3, Nashville 1
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - The road to the Stanley Cup will go through Vancouver, as the Canucks beat the Nashville Predators, 3-1, to clinch the Western Conference's top seed.
Alexandre Burrows scored twice in the third period for Vancouver, which has set new team highs for points (111) and road wins (26) in a season, and reached the 50-win total for the first time in club history with a 4-1 triumph over the Blue Jackets on Sunday.
Aaron Rome also lit the lamp for the Canucks, who are nine points ahead of Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia in the race for the Presidents' Trophy, an award the franchise has never before captured.
Roberto Luongo made 16 saves for the victors.
"It's nice," Luongo said. "It's one of our goals that we set out to accomplish when we started the year, but we have more goals ahead of us."
Mike Fisher scored the lone goal for the Predators, who had a six-game winning streak snapped.
Pekka Rinne turned aside 29-of-31 shots for Nashville, which sits in the sixth spot in the Western Conference.
"It was just one game but all of them are big," said Nashville defenseman Jonathon Blum. "We had a good run and you can't win them all. We just have to go back out and play hard in Colorado on Thursday."
Fisher broke a scoreless tie at the 14:01 mark of the second period. Fisher jammed home a rebound off a shot from the right circle to give Nashville its only lead of the game.
Burrows lit the lamp just 1:17 into the third to make it a 1-1 game. The Sedin brothers assisted on the goal. Daniel controlled the puck behind the net and passed to Henrik, who quickly threw the disc in front. Burrows was right there for the tip-in.
With 2:29 to play, Burrows scored again to put the Canucks ahead. The Sedin brothers were in action again. Henrik slid a pass to the neutral zone for Daniel, who dished to Burrows for a breakaway. Burrows went to his backhand to beat Rinne.
Rome added an empty net goal to account for the final margin.
Vancouver and Nashville split four meetings this season...The Canucks set a franchise record with their ninth straight win on the road...Vancouver was without defenseman Dan Hamhuis (concussion) and forwards Mikael Samuelsson (leg) and Tanner Glass (upper body)...The Predators last won seven straight from November 12-25, 2009...Nashville had won five in a row at home...Each team went 0-for-5 on the power play...The Canucks went 4-0 on a four-game road trip.
03/30 03:37:39 ET