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Erat's hat trick powers Predators to 4-2 win

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

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Erat's hat trick powers Predators to 4-2 win
Vancouver Canucks 2, Nashville Predators 4
The Nashville Predators had enough of losing at home to the Vancouver Canucks. Martin Erat made sure the victory drought ended on Tuesday night.

Erat scored three goals for his second NHL hat trick and added an assist on Patric Hornqvist's goal to lead the Predators to a 4-2 victory over the Canucks, ending a four-game home losing streak to the Canucks with their first win since Nov. 23, 2006.

Erat gave Nashville the lead at 4:19 of the first period when he grabbed a loose puck below the goal line and banked a shot off the goal post, off the left skate of goalie Roberto Luongo and into the net.

Erat made it 2-0 at 3:03 of the second period with a power-play goal. Francis Bouillon's pass sent Erat speeding into the Vancouver zone, and he beat Luongo between the pads with a forehand-to-backhand move.

"We made a few mistakes, but you can only go to the well so many times before it bites you," Luongo said. "Taking penalties every game, you get away with it sometimes, but it's going to hurt you once in a while."

After scoring just one goal in his first 17 games, Erat has eight in his last 10. His only other three-goal game was March 4, 2008, at Edmonton.

"They didn't bounce for me at the beginning of the season, and I just tried to get myself together," Erat said. "I'm happy they are just going in right now."

Vancouver cut the lead to 2-1 at 12:12 of the second with a power-play goal when Ryan Kesler tapped in Henrik Sedin's pass during a 5-on-3 advantage. It was Kesler's first goal in 15 games.

"Right now, we have guys that can play a lot better, that have to play a lot better," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. "We need to start watching the standings here a little bit more and the importance of these games right now that we're finding ways to lose."

Rinne finished with 34 saves for his 12th win of the season.

"Vancouver played a really gritty, in your face game, but we managed the game really well," Rinne said. "It was a huge two points for us."

Hornqvist recorded Nashville's second power-play goal of the game at 11:27 of the third period when he completed a tic-tac-toe passing play, beating Luongo off feeds from Erat and Jason Arnott.

"The Hornqvist goal was a really well-executed play," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "The power play had some more looks today. They entered better, and then they executed better."

Daniel Sedin scored at 16:25 of the third to cut the Predators' lead to 3-2, but Erat sealed Nashville's win with an empty-netter.

"When you put pucks on the net and pressure in the crease, good things can happen," Erat said of his big night. Sometimes it goes off the goalie, sometimes it goes off a defenseman. It’s almost like putting a ball in a bingo machine – if it bounces to the right place, you can put it in the net."

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.





scoring summary
1st Period
04:19
NSH
Martin Erat (7) ASST: Jason Arnott (8), Steve Sullivan (11)
1 - 0 NSH
2nd Period
03:03
NSH
PPG - Martin Erat (8) ASST: Francis Bouillon (4), Steve Sullivan (12)
2 - 0 NSH
12:12
VAN
PPG - Ryan Kesler (6) ASST: Henrik Sedin (21), Daniel Sedin (10)
2 - 1 NSH
3rd Period
11:27
NSH
PPG - Patric Hornqvist (6) ASST: Jason Arnott (9), Martin Erat (8)
3 - 1 NSH
16:25
VAN
Daniel Sedin (3) ASST: Henrik Sedin (22)
3 - 2 NSH
18:54
NSH
EN - Martin Erat (9) ASST: David Legwand (11)
4 - 2 NSH
penalty summary
1st Period
07:38
VAN
Mason Raymond  Roughing against  Ryan Jones
07:38
NSH
Ryan Jones  Roughing against  Mason Raymond
2nd Period
01:52
VAN
Willie Mitchell  Tripping against  Jason Arnott
07:17
NSH
Jerred Smithson  Charging (maj) against  Alexandre Burrows
07:17
NSH
Jerred Smithson  Game misconduct
08:30
VAN
Christian Ehrhoff  Hooking against  Martin Erat
10:29
NSH
Patric Hornqvist  Holding the stick against  Sami Salo
14:27
VAN
Jannik Hansen  Hooking against  Ryan Jones
3rd Period
07:59
VAN
Henrik Sedin  Cross checking against  David Legwand
10:50
VAN
Mikael Samuelsson  Hooking against  Joel Ward
11:50
NSH
Dan Hamhuis  Tripping against  Alexandre Burrows
14:06
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Hi-sticking against  Francis Bouillon
goalie stats
Roberto Luongo
SA: 25TOI: 59:51
Saves: 22EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 7
SV%: .880SH: 1 - 1
Pekka Rinne
SA: 36TOI: 59:44
Saves: 34EV: 23 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .944SH: 4 - 4