Thursday, December 1, 2011

Preds win wild game in Vancouver

In what was one of the wildest games in the history of the franchise, the Nashville Predators defeated the Vancouver Canucks by a 6-5 score on Thursday night at Rogers Arena. The Predators led the game 2-0 and 3-1 in the first period. Vancouver stormed back to take a 5-3 lead, but Nashville was able to rally with three consecutive goals to win the game 6-5.

David Legwand got the Predators on the board first on the power play with a hard one-timer that beat Cory Schneider. Mike Fisher would add another goal just over two minutes later on a beautiful backhand shot.

Cody Hodgson pulled the Canucks within one goal on the power play when he one-timed a puck from the slot that beat Pekka Rinne. However, Nashville would regain their two goal lead when Shea Weber unleashed an absolute bomb that beat Schneider before he had any chance to react to it. The Predators would take a 3-1 lead into the second period, and Roberto Luongo replaced Schneider in net for the Canucks.

Vancouver responded with a fury in the second period. The Canucks scored four straight goals to take the 5-3 lead, and chased Pekka Rinne out of the game. Anders Lindback came on in relief, which seemed to be a turning point for the Predators.

Jordin Tootoo brought the Predators within one goal on a quick one-timer that beat Luongo. Colin Wilson would tie the game at five on the power play for the Predators when he made a slick backhand move and roofed the puck over a sprawling Luongo.

The Canucks spent a lot of time in the Nashville zone in the third period but were unable to put one past Lindback. The Predators got the game-winning goal from Fisher at 18:44 of the third period to give the Predators a much-needed victory.

This was, by far, the wildest game of the season for the Predators, and it could possibly be a big turning point in the season. Nashville showed a lot of resiliency in this game, and stuck with it to pull out the victory. Vancouver attempted a total of 81 shots in this game, but only got 37 on goal. The Predators only had 20 shots on goal in this game, but were able to make six of them count.

With the win, the Predators move to 12-9-4 on the year and have 28 points. Nashville went 2-3-0 on the five game road trip, and will now return home to face the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena.

Hockey Night in Nashville's 3 Stars of the game:
1. Mike Fisher(NSH)
2. Colin Wilson(NSH)
3. Anders Lindback(NSH)

Official 3 Stars of the game:
1. Mike Fisher(NSH)
2. Henrik Sedin(VAN)
3. Daniel Sedin(VAN)

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