|VAN||0||1||0||0||(0 - 0)||2|
|NSH||0||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||1|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Vancouver Canucks wish they weren't so comfortable with overtime games.
Brendan Morrison scored 1:19 into overtime and Dan Cloutier made 29 saves as Vancouver beat the Nashville Predators 2-1 Tuesday night, the fifth game out of the Canucks' last six that has gone to an extra period.
"We've got confidence," Vancouver's Todd Bertuzzi said. "We are not able to finish off a game, which is ridiculous. We should be capable of doing it.
"We've got to go out and get that lead and start playing with the lead like we did and start playing with the lead like we did earlier in the season."
Morrison beat Nashville goaltender Tomas Vokoun with a backhand shot from the slot to give the Canucks the win.
"I was trying to look for it, but everyone was kind of scrambling in front of me," Vokoun said. "I think it went to the far side of the net, but I don't really know because I never saw the puck until after it was in the net."
It was the second straight overtime victory for the Canucks and the second straight overtime game for the Predators.
"The bottom line is we got two points," Morrison said. "But we have to find ways to win in regulation. It is no secret that we are off a little bit offensively and not scoring any goals. But the positive is that we are not giving up a lot of goals."
Mattias Ohlund gave the Canucks a 1-0 lead in the second period. He got the puck a few feet off the left board and fired a shot from just inside the blue line, beating Vokoun 3:54 into the period.
Rem Murray tied the game with less than seven minutes left in regulation with a short-handed goal. Murray got a pass from Adam Hall as he skated low in the slot. He then wristed a shot between the legs of Cloutier, who was playing in his first game since injuring his groin during a morning skate before a Dec. 9 game with Pittsburgh.
"I give our team a lot of credit," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "We were down by a goal with seven minutes to go in the game and we found a way to get a point. I'm disappointed in the end result because the guys put a lot into it."
The first period was a defensive struggle with each team only able to muster six shots on goal.
|Mattias Ohlund (5) Snap shot - ASST: NONE|
1 - 0 VAN
|SHG - Rem Murray (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Adam Hall (7), Mark Eaton (5)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Brendan Morrison (12) Backhand shot - ASST: Todd Bertuzzi (24), Brent Sopel (14)|
2 - 1 VAN
|Jeremy Stevenson Hooking|
|Markus Naslund Roughing|
|Vladimir Orszagh Interference on goalkeeper|
|Todd Bertuzzi Tripping|
|Brendan Morrison Hooking - Obstruction|
|Bryan Allen Roughing|
|Brendan Morrison Holding the stick|
|Marek Zidlicky Tripping|