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game recap

Preds Third Period Rally Nets Another Point

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Jay Levin - Nashville Predators

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Preds Third Period Rally Nets Another Point
Vancouver Canucks 3, Nashville Predators 2
Nashville tied a team record with 51 shots on goal, but Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo turned aside 49 of them to allow the Canucks to pick up a 3-2 shootout win at Sommet Center on Thursday night.

The sell-out crowd witnessed an exciting game as the Predators posted rallied from down a goal in the third period to force overtime. Early in the OT session, Taylor Pyatt had a pair of chances from in close, but Predators goaltender Chris Mason stopped the first and held his ground on the rebound attempt. Nashville drew a power-play opportunity with 2:09 left in overtime, but Luongo kept the game tied, including making two saves on Alexander Radulov and one on Radek Bonk in quick succession.

The Predators failed to convert on any of their attempts in the shootout and Mason Raymond converted the Canucks first shootout attempt to secure the win for Vancouver.

Vancouver's first goal was also all Raymond. With the Canucks cycling the puck late in the first period, the rookie forward weaved through the Predators defense from the left wing boards through the center slot area to the bottom of the right face-off circle, where he flipped a backhand over Mason's extended left leg with 51.7 second remaining in the opening frame. It was Raymond's sixth goal of the season.

The teams traded power-play goals in the second period. Vancouver's Kevin Bieksa took an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after the whistle at 4:11 of the period. It became a five-on-three power-play 0:52 later. Marek Zidlicky made a key hold at the right point and passed the puck down the near side boards to J.P. Dumont. Dumont, from the right face-off circle, made a pin-point cross ice feed to Jason Arnott, who one-timed the pass from a sharp angle for his 22nd goal of the season.

The Predators generated a pair of additional chances on the back end of the power-play, but Luongo kept the score tied. Midway through the period, Jerred Smithson fired a turn-around blast from the center slot that hand-cuffed Luongo, but the Vancouver goalie was still able to get enough with his blocker to turn the shot aside.

The Canucks reclaimed the lead at the 12:49 mark of the period with their power-play tally. Vancouver worked the puck around the perimeter to set up Alex Edler's blast from the right point with a screen in front of the net, Edler's sixth goal of the season.

Mason made a pair of saves early in the third period to keep the Predators within one. Mason turned aside Pyatt's partial breakaway and then slid over to make a pad save on Raymond.

Nashville converted a mid-third period power-play to tie the score. Arnott fed David Legwand at the right post. Legwand slid a cross-ice pass between two defenders to Zidlicky at the far face-off dot. As Luongo tried to go post-to-post, Zidlicky snapped a shot high for his fifth score of the season.

The teams trade chances late in regulation, but were unable to convert.

Still, Luongo's best save of the night may have come 2:05 into the game when he robbed Dan Hamhuis with a sliding glove save at the goal line to deny a tick-tack-toe play. The play was close enough to draw a video review, but was not overturned.

Post-Game Notes:
The Predators are 6-2-3 during the month of February, including 2-0-2 in their last four games ... Nashville has come from behind to post points in each of their last four games ... The Predators 51 shots tied the franchise record initially set Jan. 13, 2000 vs. Vancouver ... Shea Weber recorded 10 shots on goal in the game, two shy of the team record set by Arnott earlier this season ... Arnott picked up his 15th multi-point game of the season ... Arnott has points in 11 consecutive home games (5-9-14) ... Zidlicky recorded his fourth multi-point game of the season ... Zidlicky has seven points in his last seven games (1-6-7).

Post-Game Quotes:
Head Coach Barry Trotz
On the Vancouver goaltending tonight... "He's one of the better goalies in the league and it was a good point we earned being able to come back in the third period and put up 51 shots on them. Also, our power play got two goals. We did a lot of good things tonight but we just ran into a goaltender that was on his game today."

On Roberto Luongo being able to defend shootouts better than others... "I can't answer that because I don't know that, but he's one of the best goaltenders in the league."

On location of the 51 shots taken tonight by the Predators... "It's not necessarily the location of the shots that were taken because Luongo made some good stops and was covering the net and was able to clear some pucks that were lying around. He's got a big body and finds ways to cover the entire net and contort his body and take away chances by keeping the puck out of the net. That's what he does and that's why he gets seven and a half million dollars or something like that; there's a reason."

On Radulov's shooting tonight during the shootout... "He hasn't scored in a shootout this year but he's been really good at practice and is able to get his hands into the net and make quick moves to score."

On why Bonk wasn't considered in the shootout... "He was up next so he was going to have a shot. We had scouted out on Luongo and picked out three guys based on certain moves that they bring to the table. We had a couple of the right ideas but we were not able to execute them."

scoring summary
1st Period
19:08
VAN
Mason Raymond (6) Backhand shot - ASST: Ryan Shannon (4), Matt Cooke (9)
1 - 0 VAN
2nd Period
05:42
NSH
PPG - Jason Arnott (22) Slapshot - ASST: J-P Dumont (35), Marek Zidlicky (31)
1 - 1 Tie
12:49
VAN
PPG - Alexander Edler (6) Slapshot - ASST: Mason Raymond (12), Ryan Shannon (5)
2 - 1 VAN
3rd Period
13:58
NSH
PPG - Marek Zidlicky (5) Snap shot - ASST: David Legwand (27), Jason Arnott (36)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDNSHVANTOTAL
1A. Radulov
M. Raymond
0 - 1
2J. Dumont
R. Shannon
0 - 1
3D. Legwand
0 - 1
penalty summary
1st Period
00:55
VAN
Henrik Sedin  Hooking against  Martin Erat
08:48
VAN
Ryan Shannon  Slashing against  Marek Zidlicky
08:57
NSH
David Legwand  Hooking against  Ryan Kesler
2nd Period
04:11
VAN
Kevin Bieksa  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Jordin Tootoo
05:03
VAN
Mattias Ohlund  Hooking against  Ryan Suter
11:05
NSH
Vernon Fiddler  Tripping against  Mattias Ohlund
18:16
NSH
Shea Weber  Fighting (maj) against  Jeff Cowan
18:16
VAN
Jeff Cowan  Fighting (maj) against  Shea Weber
3rd Period
04:58
NSH
Alexander Radulov  Tripping against  Matt Cooke
07:18
VAN
Matt Cooke  Hi-sticking against  Alexander Radulov
09:14
NSH
Jordin Tootoo  Hooking against  Sami Salo
12:05
VAN
Henrik Sedin  Hi-sticking against  J-P Dumont
14:26
NSH
Dan Hamhuis  Interference against  Markus Naslund
14:26
VAN
Markus Naslund  Holding against  Dan Hamhuis
17:17
NSH
Ryan Suter  Roughing against  Brad Isbister
17:17
VAN
Brad Isbister  Roughing against  Ryan Suter
OT Period
02:51
VAN
Daniel Sedin  Holding against  Ryan Suter
goalie stats
Roberto Luongo
Roberto Luongo
SA: 51TOI: 65:00
Saves: 49EV: 36 - 36
PIM: 0PP: 13 - 15
SV%: .961SH: 0 - 0
Chris Mason
SA: 30TOI: 65:00
Saves: 28EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .933SH: 1 - 1

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