Vancouver
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42-32-8
Nashville
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49-25-8

42 SOG
20 SOG
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game recap

Predators 3, Canucks 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Associated Press

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Predators 3, Canucks 1
Vancouver Canucks 1, Nashville Predators 3

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Nashville Predators didn't start the game as if it meant much to them. Good thing they know how to finish.

Greg Johnson broke a tie with a short-handed goal 45 seconds into the third period, and Tomas Vokoun made 41 saves in the Predators' 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night.

"It's always a big momentum shift to give up a short-handed goal," Vokoun said. "Naturally, we showed a lot of life after that."

The Predators snapped a six-game winless skid against the Canucks and remained in fourth place in the Western Conference. They have 76 points, three more than fifth-place Vancouver.

Nashville coach Barry Trotz called it a nice rebound after being shut out 3-0 in Chicago on Wednesday night.

"One of our goals is to have home-ice advantage," Trotz said of the postseason. "We're not going to look behind us. We've just got to look forward. These are playoff-type games, and we found a way to win."

Yanic Perreault and Mike Sillinger added goals to help Nashville win for only the second time in its last six games.

"From every angle that you look at it, it was important," Vokoun said. "You want to separate from ninth place as much as possible. It seems like everyone is winning, so we need points."

Johnson put Nashville ahead to stay when he grabbed a loose puck near the red line and skated up the right side before flipping the puck past Alex Auld's stick for his seventh this season.

"This is a shot in the arm," Johnson said.

Vancouver coach Marc Crawford said asking too much of his younger defensemen was the difference.

"If you take the game as a whole, we did some good things," Crawford said. "I like the way our team is working right now. End result, though, is that you need to get points."

Sillinger padded the lead with a little help as he swatted at a rebound off Auld's chest, bumping the puck in off Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa at 6:09. The goal was reviewed for a possible high-stick but was upheld.

Markus Naslund scored the lone goal for Vancouver, which dropped to 14-17-2 on the road. He had another goal erased by goalie interference.

Vancouver outshot the Predators 30-15 through two periods, but the Canucks could not take advantage of Nashville's penalties, going 1-of-11 on the power play. They had a 5-on-3 and a 4-on-3 in the first, then a pair of 5-on-3s in the second.

"We did a lot of things that we set out to do, and we outshot them, about doubled their shots," said Auld, who gave up two goals on five shots in the third. "Their goaltender was great, and I wasn't."

They only converted when Naslund scored during the first 5-on-3 for Vancouver at 2:15 of the second. He took the puck from Nolan Baumgartner and wristed it past Vokoun from the front edge of the right circle for the first power-play goal allowed by Nashville in four games.

Perreault tied it on a power play with 2:59 left in the second, his 21st goal of the season. He took a pass from Paul Kariya and scored from the edge of the right circle.

Notes: Vokoun was playing for the first time since helping the Czech Republic to an Olympic bronze medal last week. ... Naslund's goal snapped Nashville's streak of power-play kills at 15. Naslund has three goals in the past four games. ... Nashville left wing Darcy Hordichuk set a career high by playing in his 58th game this season. ... Kariya has five points (one goal, four assists) in his last four games.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
02:15
VAN
PPG - Markus Naslund (28) ASST: Nolan Baumgartner (23), Todd Bertuzzi (34)
1 - 0 VAN
17:01
NSH
PPG - Yanic Perreault (21) ASST: Paul Kariya (40), Adam Hall (12)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
00:45
NSH
SHG - Greg Johnson (7) ASST: NONE
2 - 1 NSH
06:09
NSH
Mike Sillinger (24) ASST: Dan Hamhuis (24), Scottie Upshall (9)
3 - 1 NSH
penalty summary
1st Period
08:29
VAN
Bryan Allen  Tripping against  Martin Erat
10:22
NSH
Mike Sillinger  Interference
11:51
NSH
Steve Sullivan  Tripping against  Anson Carter
12:28
VAN
Todd Bertuzzi  Hooking
13:14
NSH
Kimmo Timonen  Holding against  Todd Bertuzzi
15:00
VAN
Matt Cooke  Interference - Goalkeeper
2nd Period
01:45
NSH
Marek Zidlicky  Hooking
02:07
NSH
Shea Weber  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
02:31
NSH
Adam Hall  Tripping
05:10
VAN
Richard Park  Hooking against  Kimmo Timonen
13:50
NSH
Danny Markov  Holding against  Jarkko Ruutu
16:42
VAN
Kevin Bieksa  Hooking
19:29
NSH
Paul Kariya  Interference
3rd Period
02:26
NSH
Marek Zidlicky  Hooking
03:23
VAN
Nolan Baumgartner  Hooking against  Greg Johnson
07:19
NSH
Marek Zidlicky  Hi-sticking against  Todd Bertuzzi
10:44
VAN
Henrik Sedin  Hooking against  Martin Erat
14:16
VAN
Tomas Mojzis  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
18:58
NSH
Scottie Upshall  Slashing
goalie stats
Alex Auld
Alex Auld
SA: 20TOI: 57:44
Saves: 17EV: 11 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .850SH: 2 - 3
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 42TOI: 60:00
Saves: 41EV: 24 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 16 - 17
SV%: .976SH: 1 - 1

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