Coach Alain Vigneault moved Derek Roy to the second line to play with Ryan Kesler and Jannik Hansen prior to Monday night's game in Nashville and the trio responded with three goals and three assists as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Predators 5-2 at Bridgestone Arena.
Kesler and Roy scored first period goals to give the Canucks a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes as Vancouver dominated the opening period.
The second resembled the disastrous third period from a game earlier in Colorado as Nashville scored twice and tilted the ice in its favour for nearly the entire frame until Jason Garrison scored a power play goal with 2:58 remaining to put Vancouver up 3-2.
Whatever message was sent between periods paid off in the third as the Canucks scored early with Alex Burrows putting his 13th of the season past Pekka Rinne 50 seconds in, and Kesler put the nail in the coffin scoring with under five minutes to play.
Roberto Luongo, starting his second game in the last three outings, was sound making 36 saves, including 17 in a second period that got away from the Canucks.
AND ANOTHER THING...
Press pizza. You've won me over Nashville. I am a fan of everything Music City.
Tweet of the Night - "Kinda cool that on Jackie Robinson Day the Vancouver @CanucksGame are playing their 42nd game of the season. #Jackie42" - @BoltingVulture. As a Jackie Robinson fan, I approve of this coincidence.
This and that - Alain Vigneault coached in his 800th NHL game Monday night; Dan Hamhuis continues to chip in offensively with another assist to extend his point streak to six games; the Canucks scored two power play goals in a game for the first time since February 17th against St. Louis.
Road Warriors - The Canucks have won two of three games with two remaining on this five-game road trip, they're now 11-7-3 away from Rogers Arena, which ties them for third in the Western Conference for road wins with Anaheim and Dallas. Only Chicago and St. Louis have walked out of opposing rinks with more points at 16 wins and 14 wins, respectively.
A for Effort - Hats off to the game presentation in Nashville. The movie clips on the scoreboard were well timed and hysterical, the music was here, there and everywhere (including What Is Love (Baby Don't Hurt Me) by Haddaway in warm-up, and even the pie in the face by mascot Gnash to the boring IRS guy reminding everyone to file their taxes was a nice change of pace.