NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Nashville
(Thursday, February 21st)
Final Score: Vancouver 3, Nashville 2 (SO)
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Mason Raymond scored the only goal in the shootout, as the Vancouver Canucks edged the Nashville Predators, 3-2, at the Sommet Center.
In the opening round of the extra segment, Vancouver's Roberto Luongo gloved Alexander Radulov's backhand attempt, but Raymond lifted a backhander past the glove of Chris Mason at the other end. After a scoreless second round, Luongo denied David Legwand's offering to secure the win.
Raymond also scored in regulation for the Canucks, who have won three straight and four of five overall. Alexander Edler provided the other goal and Ryan Shannon collected two assists, while Luongo made 49 saves to pick up his 27th win of the season.
Jason Arnott and Marek Zidlicky each posted a goal and an assist for the Predators, who have dropped two of three. Mason stopped 28-of-30 shots in defeat.
Zidlicky's power-play marker knotted the score at two with 6:02 left in the third. After the Predators worked the puck down low, Legwand spotted Zidlicky all alone in the left circle and slipped a perfect pass that the defenseman snapped past a sliding Luongo. It was Zidlicky's first goal since January 13.
The Predators had a power play in overtime, but failed to convert.
With 2:05 gone in the first period and Nashville on a power play, Dan Hamhuis nearly put the Predators on the board, but Luongo, sprawling to his left, made a spectacular glove save to rob him of the goal. However, Luongo's glove appeared to be in the net, resulting in a review. After a lengthy delay, the official ruled no goal.
Raymond gave the Canucks a 1-0 lead when he flipped a backhander past a fallen Mason with 52 seconds remaining in the first.
Nashville tied the score on the power play at the 5:42 mark of the second. While on a two-man advantage, J.P. Dumont threaded a perfect cross-ice pass that Arnott one-timed from the bottom of the left circle up and over the shoulder of Luongo.
The Canucks then countered with a power-play tally of their own, as Edler's blast from the right point made its way through traffic and found the twine behind Mason with 7:11 remaining.
Vancouver improved to 22-0-0 when leading after two periods...Zidlicky has seven points in the last seven games...Luongo improved to 4-0-1 in his last five starts...The clubs will conclude the four-game season series on March 6 at Vancouver.
02/21 23:31:23 ET