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Game 72: Nick's Night

by Daniel Fung / Vancouver Canucks
The Canucks may be living on borrowed time when it comes to staying in this year's playoff race but Nicklas Jensen is certainly providing good reason for fans to be excited for the future.

The red-hot rookie kick started a stagnant Vancouver offence by snapping a scoreless draw early in the third period to help lift his team to an eventual 2-0 victory over the Nashville Predators on Wednesday.

Alex Edler also scored for the victorious Canucks, who managed to creep within three points of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference albeit they've played three more games than the eighth-place Coyotes.

Jensen's marker not only put a spark in the Canucks but in a Rogers Arena crowd that was probably wondering if they'd get the chance to witness a goal on this night.

Both teams had their fair share of opportunities through the first two periods to get on the scoreboard but could not manage to find the back of the respective nets thanks in large part to the strong goaltending performances turned in by Vancouver's Eddie Lack and Nashville's Carter Hutton.

Jensen would finally break the goose egg at 6:06 of the final frame by wiring a hard wrist shot over Hutton from the right faceoff circle after being set up by Henrik Sedin.

The Jensen goal would clearly rattle Hutton as the Canucks would double their lead just 73 seconds later with Edler beating Hutton cleanly with a one-time blast from the right point on the power play to round out the scoring in the game.

Lack would finish the night turning aside all 30 shots he faced while earning First Star honours.

Hutton made 20 saves on 22 shots in the loss.

The Canucks have a rare three days off from game action before they conclude their two-game home stand on Sunday by playing host to the Buffalo Sabres.

The Canucks concluded their season series against the Predators finishing with a record of 2-1-0... Nicklas Jensen extended his point streak to four games (3-1-4)...Alex Edler's goal was his first in 13 games. His last goal came on February 6 in Montreal... Brad Richardson returned to Vancouver's lineup after missing the previous seven games with an undisclosed injury... Nashville's Paul Gaustad suffered an upper-body injury in the first period and did not return. He collided with Edler on a play near the Canucks' net and landed face first on the ice.

LACKTASTIC: Eddie Lack's solid rookie campaign continued on Wednesday as he notched his fourth shutout of the season – his first of the post-Luongo era. Lack already holds the team franchise record for most shutouts by a rookie netminder after becoming the first Canucks' rookie to post three shutouts in a single campaign earlier this season. Three of Lack's four shutouts this season have come at Rogers Arena.

FOR THE KIDS: Canucks fans and supporters over the years have demonstrated their generosity on Canucks For Kids Fund Telethon day and one of the biggest supporters in recent years has been none other than Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis. Just prior to puck drop on Wednesday, the Canucks announced that Gillis and his family joined with Team 1040 to donate $55,000 to the Canucks For Kids Fund. This is the sixth annual donation gifted by the Gillis family and Team 1040 to the CFKF.

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