NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Nashville
(Wednesday, November 5th)
Final Score: Vancouver 4, Nashville 3
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Trevor Linden and Brendan Morrison each scored third-period goals to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators at Gaylord Entertainment Center.
Sami Salo had a goal and an assist as the Canucks ran their unbeaten streak to nine games (7-0-2). Markus Naslund dished out three assists to help Vancouver win its fifth straight game. The Canucks won despite not scoring the opening goal of the contest for the first time in 13 games this season.
Johan Hedberg remained unbeaten in his four starts (3-0-1) this season after he denied 23 of the 26 shots he faced.
Scott Hartnell had a goal and an assist for the Predators, who lost their second straight game. Tomas Vokoun made 20 saves in the defeat.
Linden broke a 2-2 tie when he scored on a two-man advantage just 1:49 into the final period. After some solid puck work, Linden was the beneficiary of a nice pass from Naslund. Linden was stationed on the doorstep and slammed the puck into the vacated Nashville net to give the Canucks their first lead of the contest.
Morrison's goal midway through the third period gave Vancouver a two-goal advantage. He stole the puck from a Predator defender deep in Nashville territory before firing the puck between the pads of an unsuspecting Vokoun.
Scott Walker scored on the power play with just 34 seconds remaining in the contest to create the final margin. The Predators never could muster another quality scoring chance in the final seconds.
Hartnell scored the first goal of the contest to end Vancouver's streak. The youngster stole the puck deep in the Canucks zone and fired a slap shot from the high slot between the pads of Hedberg for a 1-0 Nashville lead.
Salo helped the Canucks tie the contest at the 11:23 mark of the first period when Salo scored with a two-man advantage. He fired a shot from the point just inside the right post.
Adam Hall gave the Predators a 2-1 lead after the opening period as he scored on the power play with 1:56 left in the first period.
Vancouver scored the lone goal of the second period to even the score once again. Jason King scored at 7:24 of the middle period to make it a 2-2 game.
Hall leads all rookies with six goals this season...Each team finished with a pair of power-play goals in the game. Nashville scored twice in five chances, while the Canucks converted on 2-of-7 opportunities with the extra skater...Left wing Jim McKenzie made his Nashville debut after missing the team's earlier games due to injury.
11/05 23:07:53 ET