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39-33-10

game recap

Predators 3, Canucks 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

Associated Press

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Predators 3, Canucks 0
Nashville Predators 3, Vancouver Canucks 0

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -Dan Ellis helped the Nashville Predators end their road woes with a shutout. It didn't hurt to be playing a Vancouver team struggling at home.

David Legwand and Martin Erat scored on Nashville's first two shots of the game and Ellis made 29 saves, lifting the Predators to their first road win of the season, 3-0 over the Canucks on Thursday night.

"To finally get that monkey off our backs and realize we can win on the road, that's it's not a curse or anything like that, it feels great," said Ellis, who was making his first road start after winning both his home games last week.

Nashville came in with three goals on the road all season. The Predators matched that total on their 15th shot when Jason Arnott scored on a power play with 8.6 seconds left in the game.

"It wasn't pretty that's for sure," said J.P. Dumont, who had two assists despite breaking his left ring finger during Nashville's 5-1 loss in Calgary on Tuesday, the Predators' fifth straight road loss. "But it's our first win on the road and that's huge for us so we'll take it."

Outshot 13-3 in the first period and 22-5 through 40 minutes, the Predators got another good game from their backup goaltender. It was the third start - and third win - in four games for Ellis, who is playing more while No. 1 Chris Mason tries to overcome a seven-game losing streak.

He made a good save on Markus Naslund on a power play in the first period, and on Mattias Ohlund's shot from the high slot early in the third. He preserved the shutout with a point-blank stop of Brendan Morrison on a power play with 2:30 left.

"I'm happy to get the opportunity," said Ellis, a second-round draft pick by Dallas in 2001 who spent almost all his first four seasons in the minors.

Now he has two shutouts in three starts with Nashville, and wins in all four career NHL starts, including one with the Stars in 2003-04.

"I'm a minor-league guy who just came up and I just want to stay here, really," he said. "I was in the minors for four years and you finally get the chance, you want to make a career of it and not just be a flash in the pan."

Roberto Luongo made 12 saves for the Canucks, who have one win in seven games at home this season - and just one in their last five overall.

"It's obviously a tough time right now, we've been booed here for the past few games," Morrison said. "But fans pay a lot of money to come here and they have every right to do that."

Legwand opened the scoring on a power play 6:16 in, circling at the top of the faceoff circle to Luongo's left before firing a shot through his legs. It was the Predators' first lead on the road this season, and Erat doubled it on a breakaway two minutes later, sliding a backhand through Luongo's legs.

"It's seldom you're going to get two shots and score twice on a guy like Luongo," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "Louie, I know him from Team Canada and I think he's the best goaltender in the National Hockey League."

The loss was costly for the Canucks as defensemen Kevin Bieksa and Sami Salo both left the game bleeding and didn't return. Bieksa left late in the second period after a skate cut across the back of his right calf when he was tangled up with Vern Fiddler. Bieksa left a trail of blood in the corner as he was helped off the ice, unable to put any weight on his right leg.

Salo left a pool of blood behind with four minutes left after teammate Alexander Edler's clearing attempt caught him flush in the face.

Both were taken to a local hospital, said coach Alain Vigneault, but there was no immediate word on the seriousness of the injuries or how long they might be out.

"With Kevin we don't know the extent but it's a major cut," Vigneault said, adding they would have to recall as defenseman from the AHL.

Notes: Vancouver D Lukas Krajicek will be out four weeks with a fracture in his foot that was detected by an MRI after he slipped on a sidewalk, aggravating an injury originally suffered blocking a shot on Oct. 13. ... Nashville plays in Edmonton on Friday before wrapping up its current five-game road trip in Chicago and Detroit. ... Vancouver plays its next eight games within the Northwest Division.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:16
NSH
PPG - David Legwand (4) ASST: J-P Dumont (3), Jason Arnott (6)
1 - 0 NSH
08:22
NSH
Martin Erat (1) ASST: J-P Dumont (4)
2 - 0 NSH
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
19:51
NSH
PPG - Jason Arnott (4) ASST: David Legwand (6), Martin Erat (7)
3 - 0 NSH
penalty summary
1st Period
05:04
VAN
Mattias Ohlund  Interference against  J-P Dumont
13:02
NSH
Ryan Suter  Interference against  Daniel Sedin
15:09
NSH
Jerred Smithson  Interference against  Jannik Hansen
2nd Period
00:42
NSH
Jason Arnott  Hi-sticking against  Ryan Kesler
04:59
VAN
Henrik Sedin  Hooking against  Jed Ortmeyer
06:28
VAN
Brad Isbister  Slashing against  Ryan Suter
06:28
NSH
Ryan Suter  Cross checking against  Brad Isbister
08:52
NSH
David Legwand  Hooking against  Markus Naslund
19:55
NSH
Dan Hamhuis  Roughing against  Brad Isbister
19:55
VAN
Brad Isbister  Roughing against  Dan Hamhuis
3rd Period
07:45
NSH
Greg De Vries  Interference against  Ryan Kesler
10:48
VAN
Aaron Miller  Hooking against  Vernon Fiddler
16:37
NSH
Martin Erat  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
18:09
VAN
Mattias Ohlund  Holding against  David Legwand
goalie stats
Dan Ellis
SA: 29TOI: 59:50
Saves: 29EV: 23 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1
Roberto Luongo
SA: 15TOI: 60:00
Saves: 12EV: 9 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 3
SV%: .800SH: 2 - 2