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Nashville
Predators
40-34-8
Vancouver
Canucks
45-27-10

24 SOG
39 SOG
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game recap

Canucks 4, Predators 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Canucks 4, Predators 0
Nashville Predators 0, Vancouver Canucks 4

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -Canucks coach Alain Vigneault thinks Kyle Wellwood may have gotten a wake up call when he was sent to the minor leagues 2 1/2 weeks ago.

Wellwood says it was more of a much-needed break.

Whatever the reason, after battling injury and fitness issues for the last two seasons Wellwood is making the most of his latest chance to stay in the NHL.

He scored twice - his fifth and six goals in seven games since the demotion - and Roberto Luongo made 24 saves for his third shutout of the season, leading the Canucks to a 4-0 victory over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.

"There's lots of personal goals you have and playing in the NHL is the main one and that's my focus," Wellwood said. "I'm going to keep competing for a job here."

It looked like he'd lost it earlier this season.

Criticized by Vigneault for a failed preseason fitness test after battling sports hernia surgery and a broken foot over the summer, Wellwood was placed on waivers but never actually made it to Vancouver's AHL affiliate. He was recalled two days later after Pavol Demitra broke rib cartilage during an Oct. 19 game, but again had to clear waivers.

"All the NHL teams had a grab at him going down and coming up and nobody did," said Vigneault. "I don't know if that was a wakeup call for him or not, all I know is he's really grabbed this opportunity and he's helping us win games."

Wellwood, claimed by the Canucks off waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs over the summer, says the break between being sent down and called back up helped to re-energize him after spending most of his summer trying to get in shape.

"I was pretty tired out from all the training and extra things I had to do to just get a chance to play again," said Wellwood, who arrived in Vancouver in June to begin training. "Doing all that was a lot of work and I got a couple of days off and I felt good again."

It's showing on the ice. He opened the scoring on a power play midway through the second period, and Mason Raymond doubled the lead with a man-advantage goal of his own 5:36 into the third. Wellwood added his second after a pretty deke in tight 59 seconds later as the Canucks won for the third time in the last four games.

Daniel Sedin added the final goal off a nice touch pass from twin brother Henrik, who had two assists, with 5:03 left in the game.

Dan Ellis, back in goal after a strained back forced him to watch backup Pekka Rinne the last two games, made 35 saves for the Predators, who failed to record at least a point for the first time in five games. Nashville fell to 1-4-1 away from home as they kicked off a six-game, 13-day, 6,400-mile road trip.

"There is a home ice advantage, no question, everything from match ups to usually energy," said Predators coach Barry Trotz. "We've got to play a little grittier, harder game with a little more pace and pressure (on the road)."

Daniel Sedin set up the first goal with a spinning pass to Wellwood in the corner that created a quick 2-on-0 with Henrik Sedin walking out just above the goal line. Wellwood's backhand was stopped, but with Ellis pulled off the post he fought through the ensuing scramble to bang the loose puck into an empty net.

Wellwood added his second off a scrambled draw in the offensive zone, scooping up the loose puck just inside the faceoff circle and skating in alone on Ellis before finishing with a couple of quick moves and a perfect shot over his glove.

Luongo came into the game with a pedestrian .899 save percentage and 2.99 goals-against average - both well off his career numbers - but now has shutouts in two of his last four games after a 4-0 blanking in Los Angeles last Thursday.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
09:10
VAN
PPG - Kyle Wellwood (5) ASST: Daniel Sedin (7), Henrik Sedin (8)
1 - 0 VAN
3rd Period
05:36
VAN
PPG - Mason Raymond (5) ASST: Steve Bernier (4), Kevin Bieksa (6)
2 - 0 VAN
06:35
VAN
Kyle Wellwood (6) ASST: Taylor Pyatt (3)
3 - 0 VAN
14:57
VAN
Daniel Sedin (4) ASST: Henrik Sedin (9), Willie Mitchell (6)
4 - 0 VAN
penalty summary
1st Period
09:39
NSH
J-P Dumont  Interference against  Shane O'Brien
13:06
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Roughing against  Patric Hornqvist
18:34
VAN
Steve Bernier  Too many men on the ice
19:49
NSH
Ryan Jones  Hooking against  Daniel Sedin
2nd Period
02:37
VAN
Kevin Bieksa  Roughing against  Patric Hornqvist
05:10
NSH
Greg Zanon  Tripping against  Henrik Sedin
07:55
NSH
Martin Erat  Roughing against  Darcy Hordichuk
10:27
VAN
Shane O'Brien  Fighting against  Nick Tarnasky
10:27
NSH
Nick Tarnasky  Fighting against  Shane O'Brien
11:01
VAN
Alexander Edler  Boarding against  Jordin Tootoo
3rd Period
04:57
NSH
Jerred Smithson  Hooking against  Michel Ouellet
09:07
VAN
Shane O'Brien  Roughing against  Ryan Jones
11:19
NSH
Patric Hornqvist  Closing hand on puck against  Daniel Sedin
16:39
NSH
Jordin Tootoo  Slashing against  Alexander Edler
17:33
VAN
Darcy Hordichuk  Tripping against  Vernon Fiddler
goalie stats
Dan Ellis
SA: 39TOI: 60:00
Saves: 35EV: 23 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 14
SV%: .897SH: 0 - 0
Roberto Luongo
SA: 24TOI: 59:55
Saves: 24EV: 14 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: 1.000SH: 3 - 3