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The Goods: Tamed Predators

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks

You want to know what happened in the Canucks game and you want to know now. We get it. Here’s the bare bones recap of Vancouver’s 4-2 win in Nashville.

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…the clock read zeros to end the third period at the Bridgestone Arena in what was a back-and-forth battle between Vancouver and Nashville in a 4-2 Canucks win.

The 12th stop of an NHL record 14-game road trip began with an Alex Edler goal, his third of the year, assisted by Ryan Kesler, who extended his point streak to nine games, and Pavol Demitra, who mirrored David Beckham kicking the puck along the boards to set up the play.

Jason Arnott evened the game up before the end of the opening frame on the second goal in as many games to be scored off the knob of Roberto Luongo’s stick, and midway through the second the Predators took a 2-1 lead thanks to a Jordin Tootoo score.

Behind heading into the final 20 minutes, the Canucks did what they do best in rallying to win.

Mikael Samuelsson evened the game up, Jannik Hansen had the game-winner and Henrik Sedin added some insurance in Vancouver’s 40th win of the season, the fastest the franchise has ever hit that mark.

Roberto Luongo had 33 saves in the win, including 12 in the third period.

After Mikael Samuelsson scored to tie the game, there was little doubt the Canucks were coming back to win. That’s how they roll.

Thanks to a collision at the Vancouver blueline that hobbled a pair of Predators, Kyle Wellwood was able to send Jannik Hansen in all alone on Pekka Rinne. Hansen went five-hole and was stopped by the Nashville keeper, but instead of curling past the goal, he collected his own rebound and put it into the empty net.

Hansen’s heads up play gave him his seventh goal of the year and second game-winner of the year and third of his career.

Of the 10 Canucks who recorded a point against the Predators, Henrik Sedin was the only player to make it a double-double.

Henrik put the game away with an empty-net goal with four seconds to play; it was the first time in 11 contests – first since the win over the Toronto Maple Leafs to be exact – that the NHL’s second leading point getter has scored.

Instrumental on the tying the game, Henrik assisted on Mikael Samuelsson’s goal to give him 59 helpers on the year and 410 for his career. Hank is now even with Markus Naslund for third overall on Vancouver’s all-time assist list, one back of Stan Smyl and five back of Trevor Linden.

Henrik is five points back of Alex Ovechkin for the NHL scoring lead.

No lead is safe for the opposition.

Of the 26 times the Canucks have trailed going into the third period, they’ve erased the deficit and come out on top on a league-high nine occasions and five times in the last 12 games.

The comeback Canucks have made a habit of never giving in, much like the Pittsburgh Penguins, a team that finished 11-21-2 when trailing after two, did last season.

Jannik Hansen on another Canucks comeback and his game-winning goal:

”I don’t know why we keep doing it, it’s definitely not something we were planning on doing, we like to play with the lead and today in the second period we threw the puck away so many times and gave them opportunities time after time so we’ve got to straighten that out. It’s nice knowing that even though we’re down going into the third, we still have a chance.

”Two of them collided on the blueline and Wellwood picked up the puck and sauced it to me and it’s a breakaway pretty much from their blueline so I got time to settle it down and I was fortunate enough to get the rebound.“

The end is near, just two more games before the Canucks are back in Vancouver and the longest road trip ever is in the rearview mirror.

Monday is a travel day for the team as the Canucks make their way to Colorado for a date with the Avalanche Tuesday before taking on the Coyotes in Phoenix Wednesday.

The Canucks are sporting a 7-5-0 record during their 14-game jaunt.

NUMB3RS

1 – Goal for Jannik Hansen, his seventh of the season and third career game-winner.

10
– Canucks with at least one point, Henrik was the only player with a pair.

24 – Goals for Mikael Samuelsson, a new career-high.

33
– Stops for Roberto Luongo in his 33rd win of the season.

40 – Wins on the year for Vancouver, the fastest the Canucks have hit that mark in franchise history.

410
– Career assists for Henrik Sedin, he's now tied for third all-time on the Canucks assist list.

OFFENCE

Scoring from secondary sources helped the Canucks comeback for the ninth time in 26 tries. Samuelsson, Edler and Hansen all had goals.

Kesler, Raymond and Demitra, whether together or apart, were feared all game long; each had an assist.

Vancouver was outshot by Nashville 35-28.

DEFENCE

After giving the Chicago Blackhawks a lot of time and space two nights ago, the Canucks tightened up in their own end. Tough to blame anyone for the opening Predators goal, same goes for their second score.

Luongo recovered from his early own-goal with a spectacular second half.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Vancouver was 0-for-1 on the power play, Nashville went 1-for-2.

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