NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Nashville
(Thursday, November 23rd)
Final Score: Nashville 6, Vancouver 0
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Scott Hartnell's two goals led the Nashville Predators to a 6-0 rout of the Vancouver Canucks at Gaylord Entertainment Center.
Paul Kariya registered three assists, Martin Erat added two helpers, Shea Weber picked up a goal and one assist, and Darcy Hordichuk netted his first goal of the season for Nashville, winners in three of its last four games.
"It was important to bounce back after yesterday's loss," Kariya acknowledged. "Scoring six goals gives our team some confidence, and gives us some momentum heading into Saturday."
Tomas Vokoun stopped all 21 shots he faced through the first two periods, before leaving the game with a sprained wrist. Chris Mason shored up the shutout with 13 saves in the third.
Dany Sabourin stopped 19-of-24 shots for Vancouver, which saw its three-game win streak halted.
Roberto Luongo relieved Sabourin for a 7:23 span in the second period, giving up one goal on four shots in relief.
The Predators quickly erased all memory of Wednesday's shutout in Dallas, scoring two goals in a 1:48 span early in the first.
Alexander Radulov picked up his third NHL goal 2:43 in, expertly finishing off a 2-on-1 with Scott Nichol by directing the puck past Sabourin. At 4:31, Jordin Tootoo's wrister from the right faceoff dot fooled the Canuck netminder, beating him over his shoulder high to the far side. Hordichuk, standing at the top of the crease in the path of the shot, got credit for the goal.
Nashville continued the onslaught in the middle period, scoring four times, and putting the game out of reach with a three-goal burst in 2:28.
Hartnell upped the lead to 3-0, on the power play at 10:09, redirecting a Kariya feed while standing virtually on top of Sabourin inside his crease. Marek Zidlicky made it 4-0 just 71 seconds later, when he found a loose puck along the right boards, deked a Canuck defenseman, walked in and flipped a backhander under the crossbar.
Seventeen seconds after that tally, Hartnell put Vancouver in a 5-0 hole by reaching out to deflect a Weber point shot home with the shaft of his stick, and Sabourin was finally pulled in favor of Luongo.
"I played good in the last game, I felt ready," said Sabourin. "A couple tipped in, and it's a different game. Maybe they don't tip those in, and it's a tight game, but you never know what's going to happen."
The change did little to tame the Predators, as Weber stretched the lead to 6-0 with 3:40 left in the period on another man advantage, taking an Erat point feed and ripping a shot past Luongo as he was distracted by his own defenseman in front.
In the third period, the Canucks finally showed some life with Sabourin reinserted, putting 13 shots on goal, but could not break the goose egg.
Nashville is 14-2-2 in their last 18 games...The Predators have won two of three against the Canucks this season, with this game being the first time the home club has posted a victory...Nashville has won five of the last six encounters with Vancouver...The Canucks finish up their three-game road swing Saturday at Colorado, while the Predators host Detroit on Saturday...Canucks forward Daniel Sedin suffered a strained stomach muscle...Nashville finished 2-of-8 on the power play while Vancouver was scoreless in four opportunities.
11/23 23:09:01 ET