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game recap

Canucks 6, Predators 2

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:30 AM

Associated Press

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Canucks 6, Predators 2
Nashville Predators 2, Vancouver Canucks 6

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -Alexandre Burrows pointed the Vancouver Canucks in the right direction and they followed his lead en route 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 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 just the second time this season.

Vernon Fiddler and Greg de Vries scored for the Predators, who had a two-game winning streak snapped to fall 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 just 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 s 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," said Naslund. "I think that will help a lot of guys get the confidence back."

It was the fourth time in the last 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."

Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo, right, stops a deflection by Nashville Predators center Radek Bonk during the second period in Vancouver on Thursday, March 6, 2008.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Richard Lam)

Luongo made 21 stops for Vancouver, but his job may get tougher as the Canucks run out of defenseman. After finding out earlier in the day they'd 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 may yet require season-ending surgery. ... Predators linemates Jason Arnott and Jean-Pierre Dumont had six-game point streaks snapped.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:37
VAN
SHG - Alexandre Burrows (10) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
1 - 0 VAN
04:11
VAN
PPG - Alexander Edler (8) Slapshot - ASST: Sami Salo (12), Daniel Sedin (37)
2 - 0 VAN
04:25
NSH
SHG - Vernon Fiddler (10) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
2 - 1 VAN
06:09
VAN
Matt Pettinger (3) Tip-in - ASST: Sami Salo (13), Alexandre Burrows (15)
3 - 1 VAN
06:21
NSH
Greg De Vries (3) Slapshot - ASST: Jan Hlavac (16), Martin Erat (29)
3 - 2 VAN
18:03
VAN
Kevin Bieksa (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Sedin (38), Henrik Sedin (53)
4 - 2 VAN
2nd Period
01:33
VAN
Mason Raymond (8) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
5 - 2 VAN
3rd Period
11:01
VAN
PPG - Ryan Shannon (5) Snap shot - ASST: Sami Salo (14), Daniel Sedin (39)
6 - 2 VAN
penalty summary
1st Period
00:15
VAN
Henrik Sedin  Holding against  Shea Weber
02:17
NSH
Alexander Radulov  Holding against  Henrik Sedin
03:26
NSH
Dan Hamhuis  Slashing against  Daniel Sedin
11:35
NSH
Alexander Radulov  Hooking against  Alexandre Burrows
15:32
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Holding the stick against  Greg De Vries
2nd Period
03:44
VAN
Rick Rypien  Tripping against  Martin Erat
06:28
VAN
Daniel Sedin  Holding against  Dan Hamhuis
19:34
VAN
Taylor Pyatt  Hi-sticking against  Ville Koistinen
3rd Period
07:46
NSH
Ryan Suter  Hooking against  Daniel Sedin
09:57
NSH
Shea Weber  Cross checking against  Daniel Sedin
13:35
VAN
Rick Rypien  Interference against  Jan Hlavac
18:28
VAN
Luc Bourdon  Roughing against  Jordin Tootoo
18:28
NSH
Jordin Tootoo  Boarding (maj) against  Aaron Miller
18:28
NSH
Jordin Tootoo  Cross checking against  Luc Bourdon
19:06
NSH
Scott Nichol  Roughing against  Alexander Edler
19:06
NSH
Greg De Vries  Game misconduct
19:06
NSH
Greg De Vries  Game misconduct
19:06
VAN
Ryan Shannon  Misconduct (10 min)
19:06
NSH
Dan Hamhuis  Misconduct (10 min)
19:06
VAN
Kevin Bieksa  Misconduct (10 min)
19:06
VAN
Kevin Bieksa  Instigator against  Greg De Vries
19:06
NSH
Greg De Vries  Fighting (maj) against  Kevin Bieksa
19:06
VAN
Kevin Bieksa  Fighting (maj) against  Greg De Vries
19:06
VAN
Kevin Bieksa  Fighting (maj) against  Greg De Vries
19:06
VAN
Kevin Bieksa  Game misconduct
goalie stats
Chris Mason
SA: 33TOI: 53:51
Saves: 30EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .909SH: 0 - 0
Dan Ellis
SA: 11TOI: 6:09
Saves: 8EV: 1 - 2
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .727SH: 1 - 2
Roberto Luongo
SA: 23TOI: 59:06
Saves: 21EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .913SH: 2 - 3