NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Vancouver|
(Thursday, January 23rd)
Final Score: Nashville 2, Vancouver 1
Vancouver, BC (SportsNetwork.com) - Nick Spaling assisted on Craig Smith's
tying goal in the third period before scoring the go-ahead goal, sending the
Nashville Predators to a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena.
Carter Hutton made 33 saves for the Predators, who have won four of their last
Roberto Luongo stopped 24 shots for a Vancouver team that played its second
straight game without both head coach John Tortorella (suspended) and captain
Henrik Sedin (ribs/finger).
The Canucks had a two-game winning streak snapped and lost for the ninth time
in 12 games.
"We have to protect leads. This is a tough one to lose," Luongo said.
Smith hammered home Spaling's behind-the-net pass, drawing the Predators even
at 3:28 of the third.
Nashville then grabbed the lead at the tail end of a power play, as Spaling
parked himself in front of the Vancouver goalie and deflected rookie Seth
Jones' point shot at 12:38.
"We fell behind early, but it was a good job of staying with it and we managed
to come back," Spaling said.
Vancouver was 0-for-5 on the power play, including a man advantage with under
five minutes to go.
The Canucks, who had six minutes of power-play time in a scoreless first
period, got on the board in the middle frame. Chris Higgins managed to get a
piece of Dale Weise's left point shot, redirecting it past Hutton at 9:09.
The Predators opened a four-game road trip through Canada, while the Canucks
began a four-game homestand ... Nashville snapped a four-game losing streak to
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