NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Vancouver
(Sunday, January 25th)
Final Score: Vancouver 4, Nashville 1
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Brent Sopel finished with two goals and one assist to lead Vancouver to a 4-1 win over Nashville at GM Place.
Henrik Sedin posted a goal and an assist for the Canucks, who earned their second straight win and captured their first regulation victory in 17 home games. Todd Bertuzzi also scored
Dan Cloutier registered 15 saves for Vancouver, which posted its first home win without going to overtime since November 8, 2003 and notched its fourth straight win over Nashville.
Jordin Tootoo scored on the power play for the Predators, who lost for the second time in three games and fell to 6-2-2 in their last 10.
Sopel put the Canucks ahead 1-0 with 4:01 left in the first period on a one- timer from above the left faceoff circle.
Less than two minutes later, Daniel Sedin had a chance to extend their lead on a breakaway. But he never took a shot.
Vancouver held a 16-5 shots advantage in the first, as well as a 12-3 edge in the second period.
In the second, the Canucks scored three straight power-play goals to move ahead 4-0.
With his team skating 4-on-3, Sopel beat Chris Mason on a one-timer from the center point. Markus Naslund's pass set up the goal at 1:01 of the second.
Mason, the Nashville goaltender, stopped 28 shots.
Henrik Sedin scored on a wrist shot in the slot, on a rebound, 6:19 later. Bertuzzi notched his 14th goal of the season with 7:14 left in the period on a high wrist shot from the right circle.
"We took too many undisciplined penalties, but more importantly, our penalty- killing didn't get the job done," said Nashville's Greg Johnson.
Tootoo prevented Cloutier from earning his third shutout of the season, and 12th of his career, with 7:58 remaining in the third period.
Naslund finished with two assists for the Canucks, who improved to 12-2-1 in their last 15 against Nashville...Vancouver defenseman Ed Jovanovski left the game after crashing into the boards just over three minutes into the first period...Scott Hartnell and Marek Zidlicky set up Nashville's goal.
01/26 02:06:08 ET