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Vancouver – The Nashville Predators already down 5-2 to the Vancouver Canucks at the end of two periods came out in the third playing hard. Goals by Mike Fisher and Gabriel Bourque brought the Predators within one of the Canucks at the 15:41 mark with all the momentum going their way.
However, Predators forward Sergei Kostitsyn received a questionable call for hooking Henrik Sedin on a break away down the right side giving the Canucks a penalty shot.Sedin comes in taking it from his backhand to the forehand, getting Chris Mason to commit hard to the left side of the net, then slides it to his backhand for a wrist shot behind Mason sealing the game for Vancouver. The Canucks get an empty net goal to make the final 7-4.
The Predators just made too many mistakes in the first two periods giving the Canucks good shot opportunities. Nashville’s goalie Pekka Rinne was pulled at 5:32 in the second after after Maxim Lapierre slaps a shot between his legs making it 4-1 Canucks.
The Canucks got on the board first when a Predators miscue led to Andrew Ebbett knocking down a wrist shot. Nashville came right back when Matt Halischuk gets a steal at the center, takes it down and attempts to wrap around the side of the net. Roberto Luongo stops the shot, but Halischuk puts back his own rebound tying the game at one.
Vancouver came right back when Alexander Edler let one fly from the point through traffic and past Rinne for the score at 5:20. Later, Mason Raymond blasts one past Rinne to make it 3-1 Canuck at the end of one.
Things keep going Vancouvers way in the second. Maxim Lapierre is called for interference giving the Predators a power play at 3:25. The Canucks are able to corral in the puck as the power play ended. Dale Weise, from Nashville’s blue line, is able to pass the puck to Maxim Lapierre as he comes out of the penalty box. Lapierre takes the break away up the middle of the ice sending a wrist shot between Rinne’s legs giving the Canucks a 4-1 advantage.
Jannik Hansen puts Vancouver up 5-2 at 13:48 when he gathers up a loose puck and sends it past Chris Mason.
Nashville comes out fighting in the third. At 6:38, Mike Fisher slaps a backhand past Luongo making it 5-3. Gabriel Bourque makes it 5-3 with a backhand shot from behind the net.
The wheels came off after that for the Preds. Sedin gets a goal on the penalty shot and David Booth gets an open net goal to make the final 7-4 Vancouver.
The Predators has numerous scoring opportunities, but Canuck’s netminder Roberto Luongo make some great saves. Luongo made 29 stops on the night. Nashville had 33 shots on goal while Vancouver had 22.
Nashville is now 1-1 on this 5 game road trip.
The Nashville Predators continue their 5 game road trip with a visit to the Scotiabank Saddledome to take on the Calgary Flames Friday, March 15th. The puck drops at 8:00pm (CT).
Predators 4 – 7 Canucks
Thursday, March 14th, 2013
Shots on Goal
TopicsAlexander Edler, Alexandrew Burrows, Andrew Ebbett, Calgary Flames, Chris Mason, Dale Weise, David Booth, Gabriel Bourque, Jannik Hansen, Mason Raymond, Matt Halischuk, Maxim Lapierre, Mike Fisher, Nashville Predators, Nick Spaling, Pekka Rinne, Predators, Roberto Luongo, Scotiabank Saddledome, Sergei Kostitsyn, Vancouver B.C., Vancouver Canucks, Zach Boychuk
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