NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Vancouver Canucks wish they weren't so
comfortable with overtime games.
Brendan Morrison scored 1:19 into overtime and Dan Cloutier made 29 saves as
Vancouver beat the Nashville Predators 2-1 Tuesday night, the fifth game out of
the Canucks' last six that has gone to an extra period.
"We've got confidence," Vancouver's Todd Bertuzzi said. "We are not able
to finish off a game, which is ridiculous. We should be capable of doing it.
"We've got to go out and get that lead and start playing with the lead like
we did and start playing with the lead like we did earlier in the season."
Morrison beat Nashville goaltender Tomas Vokoun with a backhand shot from
the slot to give the Canucks the win.
"I was trying to look for it, but everyone was kind of scrambling in front
of me," Vokoun said. "I think it went to the far side of the net, but I don't
really know because I never saw the puck until after it was in the net."
It was the second straight overtime victory for the Canucks and the second
straight overtime game for the Predators.
"The bottom line is we got two points," Morrison said. "But we have to
find ways to win in regulation. It is no secret that we are off a little bit
offensively and not scoring any goals. But the positive is that we are not
giving up a lot of goals."
Mattias Ohlund gave the Canucks a 1-0 lead in the second period. He got the
puck a few feet off the left board and fired a shot from just inside the blue
line, beating Vokoun 3:54 into the period.
Rem Murray tied the game with less than seven minutes left in regulation
with a short-handed goal. Murray got a pass from Adam Hall as he skated low in
the slot. He then wristed a shot between the legs of Cloutier, who was playing
in his first game since injuring his groin during a morning skate before a Dec.
9 game with Pittsburgh.
"I give our team a lot of credit," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "We
were down by a goal with seven minutes to go in the game and we found a way to
get a point. I'm disappointed in the end result because the guys put a lot into
The first period was a defensive struggle with each team only able to muster
six shots on goal.