Dale Weise picked a perfect time to score his first goal of the season.
Weise pounced on a rebound off a Maxim Lapierre shot and scored the lone goal in a 1-0 Vancouver Canucks win over the Nashville Predators Friday night at Bridgestone Arena.
The goal, the fifth of Weise's career and third against the Predators, is his first ever game-winner. Scored at the 9:14 mark of the third period, Weise broke a scoreless tie in a game that looked destined for a shootout from puck drop.
Roberto Luongo stood tall at the other end of the ice in his first start of Vancouver's current four-game road trip. He made 23 saves, including 13 in the first period with the Canucks badly outplayed and badly outshot 13-3. Coach Vigneault credited Luongo with holding down the fort long enough for the tired Canucks, minus Kevin Bieksa, to find their legs.
AND ANOTHER THING...
Tweet of the Night - "Nashville Predators: a hockey team SO boring they make the plot lines in "Nashville" (the TV show) seem riveting." - @GrantLawrence. Zing!
Missing Juice - Kevin Bieksa suffered a lower body injury in the second period and did not return to the game. Coach Vigneault could not update his status post-game, only saying that if Bieksa can't play Sunday in Detroit, Andrew Alberts will slot into action.
Shots? Shots? Shots? Shots? Shots? - The Canucks registered their first shot of the game at the 7:33 mark and only had three in the first period, all from defencemen. The first forward with a shot, David Booth, hit the net 1:50 into the second period.
22 annnnnd counting - Nashville is a great place to watch a hockey game, even if they've been scoreless through 40 minutes four times in 18 games this season. Tickets are getting tougher to comeby though, Friday marked the 22nd straight sellouts at Bridgestone Arena for the Predators, a franchise-record.