Nashville at Vancouver

Canucks roll, catch Predators for last playoff spot in West

CBSSports.com wire reports
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Alexandre Burrows pointed the Vancouver Canucks in the right direction and they followed his lead en route to a rare offensive outburst.

Burrows sparked a four-goal first period with a short-handed goal 37 seconds into the game, and the Canucks beat the Nashville Predators 6-2 on Thursday night.

Alexander Edler, Matt Pettinger and Kevin Bieksa also scored in the opening period as Vancouver moved into a tie with Nashville for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference.

"It was important to get us going a little bit, get the fans into it a little bit and right afterwards we got another big power-play goal, so it got us going the right direction and we kept it going for 60 minutes," Burrows said. "It was nice to get one off the get go, get our confidence going."

Mason Raymond scored 1:33 into the second, and Ryan Shannon added a power-play goal with nine minutes left for the Canucks, who rank 26th in the NHL in scoring, and scored six goals for only the second time this season.

Vernon Fiddler and Greg De Vries scored for the Predators, who saw a two-game winning streak snapped and fell to 2-2-0 on a season-long six-game road trip.

"We got it handed to us tonight," De Vries said. "That's not the way we play, especially against these guys."

The Predators gave up 24 shots in the opening period, a season-high for a Canucks team that managed only six goals during a four-game winless slide (0-2-2).

They came out flying against Nashville, even after taking an early penalty.

With Henrik Sedin in the box for holding, Burrows won a race for a loose puck and snapped a sharp-angle shot over Dan Ellis' glove. Edler put home a 5-on-3 point shot to make it 2-0 at 4:11, but captain Markus Naslund gave the puck away at his blue line on the second power play, and Fiddler walked in alone and beat Roberto Luongo for a short-handed goal 14 seconds later.

Less then two minutes later, Pettinger jammed in a loose puck, and Chris Mason took over the Nashville net. He barely had time to warm up before De Vries -- after another Naslund turnover -- answered the Canucks goal 12 seconds later.

The Canucks went up by two again when Mason was beaten cleanly through the legs by Bieksa with 1:57 left after some nice passing by Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

"We were a desperate team, we came out and generated lots, got pucks at the net and finally got an offensive output," Naslund said. "I think that will help a lot of guys get the confidence back."

It was the fourth time in the past 10 games the Predators pulled their starting goalie.

"Usually I'm the one getting pulled," said Mason, who made 30 saves after Ellis stopped eight of 11. "They were all over us. I don't know if we showed up for the magnitude of the game."

Luongo made 21 stops for Vancouver, but his job might get tougher as the Canucks run out of defenseman. After finding out earlier in the day they would be without Mattias Ohlund at least a week, Vancouver lost Aaron Miller after he was leveled by Jordin Tootoo with 1:32 left to play.

There was no immediate word Miller's condition. He went right to the locker room with his right shoulder hanging. But there was plenty of fallout from the hit, including an instigator penalty in the final minute for Bieksa for starting a fight with Fiddler because he thought the forward shot a puck at him. The penalty comes with an automatic, but reviewable, one-game suspension.

"I'm just trying to get the game over with; it's 6-2," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said of Tootoo's hit. "I don't know why things like that happen and why a player would run 100 feet with the game over. No respect for the game and no respect for the opposition."

Predators coach Barry Trotz said it was a clean hit. Tootoo, who received a five-minute major penalty for boarding, agreed.

"Hitting is part of the game and you've got to be a man to play this game and you have to keep your head up," Tootoo said. "Clean hit, nothing else to say. They're the ones that should get the extra penalties."

Notes

  • Ohlund will miss at least four to six days because of bone chips in his left knee that might yet require season-ending surgery.
  • Predators linemates Jason Arnott and Jean-Pierre Dumont saw six-game point streaks snapped.
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Vancouver celebrates after Kevin Bieksa (center) wraps up the Canucks' four-goal first period.  (AP)
Vancouver celebrates after Kevin Bieksa (center) wraps up the Canucks' four-goal first period. (AP)

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Scoreboard
Nashville (34-26-8)2002
Vancouver  (33-24-10) «4116
Three Stars
D. Sedin
VAN


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 3
S. Salo
VAN


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 3
M. Raymond
VAN


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
37.0Short - Alexandre Burrows (10), Slap Shot, Unassisted.
04:11Power Play - Alexander Edler (8), Slap Shot. Assist: Sami Salo, Daniel Sedin
04:25Short - Vernon Fiddler (10), Slap Shot, Unassisted.
06:09Matt Pettinger (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Sami Salo, Alexandre Burrows
06:21Greg de Vries (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Jan Hlavac, Martin Erat
18:03Kevin Bieksa (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin
2ND PERIOD
01:33Mason Raymond (8), Wrap Shot, Unassisted.
3RD PERIOD
11:01Power Play - Ryan Shannon (5), Slap Shot. Assist: Sami Salo, Daniel Sedin
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
15.0Sedin, 2 min, Holding
02:17Radulov, 2 min, Holding
03:26Hamhuis, 2 min, Slashing
11:35Radulov, 2 min, Hooking
15:32Burrows, 2 min, Holding the Stick
2ND PERIOD
03:44Rypien, 2 min, Tripping
06:28Sedin, 2 min, Holding
19:34Pyatt, 2 min, High-Sticking
3RD PERIOD
07:46Suter, 2 min, Hooking
09:57Weber, 2 min, Cross-Checking
13:35Rypien, 2 min, Interference
18:28Tootoo, 5 min, Boarding
18:28Tootoo, 2 min, Cross-Checking
18:28Bourdon, 2 min, Roughing
19:06Bieksa, 5 min, Fighting
19:06de Vries, 5 min, Fighting
19:06Bieksa, 2 min, Instigator
19:06Bieksa, 10 min, Misconduct
19:06Hamhuis, 10 min, Misconduct
19:06de Vries, 10 min, Game Misconduct
19:06de Vries, 10 min, Game Misconduct
19:06Shannon, 10 min, Misconduct
19:06Nichol, 2 min, Roughing
19:06Bieksa, 5 min, Fighting
19:06Bieksa, 10 min, Game Misconduct
Shots On Goal
 123T
Nashville98623
Vancouver2411944
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Dan Ellis 6:0983
Chris Mason53:51303
Roberto Luongo59:06212
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Nashville0-for-0
Vancouver2-for-4
Game Information
Attendance - 18630
Referees - Marc Joannette, Tom Kowal
Linesmen - Andy McElman, Greg Devorski
 
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