Vancouver at Nashville

Raymond has big hand in Canucks' shootout victory against Predators

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Roberto Luongo kept the Vancouver Canucks afloat, even when they were outplayed.

He made 49 saves and Mason Raymond scored two goals, including one in a shootout, to give the Canucks a 3-2 victory against the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.

"This game was all Roberto," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said. "And we're not going to apologize for it because so many times this year we outplayed the opposition and got on the wrong side of it."

Raymond also assisted on Alexander Edler's goal.

"It's day-by-day and you are always working harder to better yourself," Raymond said. "When you get a goal under your belt it gives you a bit of confidence. Confidence can carry you a long way."

It was Vancouver's second successive overtime game. It was the third overtime game in the past four for the Predators and their fourth game in a row to be decided by one goal.

"The thing I like about this game is no one is satisfied with just one point," Nashville's J.P. Dumont said. "There is a lot of frustration right now."

Raymond, the first shooter for the Canucks, scored on a backhand shot over Predators goaltender Chris Mason, who was lying down on the ice.

Jason Arnott and Marek Zidlicky scored in regulation for the Predators.

The Canucks got on the board first. Raymond skated, undefended, across the goal mouth beat Nashville's Mason from the right side with 52 seconds left in the first period.

Arnott tied the game on a 5-on-3 power play at 5:42 of the second period. Dumont passed the puck from the right to the left side to Arnott, who fired the one-timer high over the back of Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo from low inside the left circle.

Edler put the Canucks back in the lead on the power play at 12:49 of the second period. Raymond passed the puck to Edler just inside the blue line and he blasted a one-timer between Mason's legs.

Zidlicky tied the game at 2 on a power-play goal at the 13:58 mark. His shot from the left circle beat Luongo low to his stick side.

"We came back twice in this game," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "It is the third straight game we have had a comeback in the third period.

"It is a matter of resiliency. We are going to have playoff games the rest of the way through. Games like this will prepare us for the playoffs if we get in."

Notes

  • Vancouver's Ryan Shannon was credited with two assists.
  • Dumont has points in the past five games he has played (three goals, seven assists).
  • Arnott has 10 points in his past seven games (four goals, six assists).
  • The Canucks have had 18 one-goal games in their past 23.
  • Nashville's Martin Gelinas left the game with a leg injury in the second period and did not return.
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Vancouver left wing Mason Raymond beats Nashville's Chris Mason for the only shootout goal.  (AP)
Vancouver left wing Mason Raymond beats Nashville's Chris Mason for the only shootout goal. (AP)

Scoreboard
Vancouver  (31-22-8) «11001 (1)3
Nashville (32-23-8)01100 (0)2
Three Stars
M. Raymond
VAN


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
R. Luongo
VAN


Saves: 49
Save Pct.: .961
J. Arnott
NSH


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
19:08Mason Raymond (6), Backhand Shot. Assist: Ryan Shannon, Matt Cooke
2ND PERIOD
05:42Power Play - Jason Arnott (22), Wrist Shot. Assist: J.P. Dumont, Marek Zidlicky
12:49Power Play - Alexander Edler (6), Slap Shot. Assist: Mason Raymond, Ryan Shannon
3RD PERIOD
13:58Power Play - Marek Zidlicky (5), Wrist Shot. Assist: David Legwand, Jason Arnott
OT
None
SHOOTOUT
 Mason Raymond (1), GOAL
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
55.0Sedin, 2 min, Hooking
08:48Shannon, 2 min, Slashing
08:57Legwand, 2 min, Hooking
2ND PERIOD
04:11Bieksa, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
05:03Ohlund, 2 min, Hooking
11:05Fiddler, 2 min, Tripping
18:16Cowan, 5 min, Fighting
18:16Weber, 5 min, Fighting
3RD PERIOD
04:58Radulov, 2 min, Tripping
07:18Cooke, 2 min, High-Sticking
09:14Tootoo, 2 min, Hooking
12:05Sedin, 2 min, High-Sticking
14:26Hamhuis, 2 min, Interference
14:26Naslund, 2 min, Holding
17:17Suter, 2 min, Roughing
17:17Isbister, 2 min, Roughing
OT
02:51Sedin, 2 min, Holding
SHOOTOUT
None
Shots On Goal
 123T
Vancouver1171129
Nashville17121645
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGASO SSO GA
Roberto Luongo 65:0049230
Chris Mason 65:0028221
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Vancouver1-for-2
Nashville2-for-4
Game Information
Attendance - 17113
Referees - Kevin Pollock, Chris Rooney
Linesmen - Steve Miller, Jonny Murray
 
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