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Calle Jarnkrok lifts Predators past Canucks in OT

Scores shorthanded goal with 1.5 seconds left in overtime

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Calle Jarnkrok scored a shorthanded goal with 1.5 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Nashville Predators a 2-1 victory against the Vancouver Canucks at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.

Defenseman Roman Josi blocked a shot and led a 2-on-0 rush with Jarnkrok, who beat goaltender Ryan Miller to lift the Predators (18-16-7) to their first overtime win this season (1-4).

"I saw the puck was bobbing a little bit, so I wasn't sure if [Josi] was going to shoot it there or not," Jarnkrok said. "He gave me an open-netter, so I just have to say thanks to [Josi]."

Josi thought he won the game 20 seconds into overtime on a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle, but his apparent goal was waved off because Viktor Arvidsson interfered with Miller, an on-ice call confirmed by video review.

 

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"We just knew we had to stick with it," said Nashville forward Austin Watson, who scored in the second period. "There's only two ways to go about it: You either keep working or you just kind of give up, and we're not going to do that. We had to battle and find a way. It's kind of fitting that it ended that way."

The Canucks (20-19-4) have lost two straight games (0-1-1) after winning their previous six.

Video: VAN@NSH: Rinne slides across crease to deny Baertschi

Vancouver forward Brandon Sutter scored with 48.6 seconds remaining in the third period to tie the game 1-1. His wrist shot from the right faceoff circle beat goaltender Pekka Rinne through the five-hole. It was Sutter's 11th goal.

"It's nice to get one [point]," Canucks coach Willie Desjardins said. "They're a good hockey team. It was a good game. It was hard fought all the way through. I thought right from the start we played well. I thought we had a better second period than the first, and then I thought in the third it was just a battle to get that goal. They're a team that needed a victory, and they played like that."

Video: VAN@NSH: Sutter goes five-hole to tie the game in 3rd

Watson gave the Predators a 1-0 lead 35 seconds into the second. Mike Fisher took the initial shot from the point, and Watson got the rebound off of the boards and shot it past Miller for his third goal.

Fisher is one assist shy of 300 for his NHL career after he set up Watson's goal.

Arvidsson returned to the lineup after missing two games with an upper-body injury.

Canucks defenseman Christopher Tanev played after he left a 3-1 loss to the Calgary Flames on Saturday with an upper-body injury.

 
Goal of the game

Watson's goal was an example of being in the right place at the right time. Fisher's shot went wide of the net, and the rebound went right to Watson on Miller's glove side.

Video: VAN@NSH: Watson slams puck home to open the scoring

 
Save of the game

Rinne made a sprawling save on Canucks center Henrik Sedin on a chance from the slot with 1:05 left in the second period to protect a 1-0 lead. Sedin had Rinne out of position, but Rinne was able to get his right skate on the shot.

Video: VAN@NSH: Rinne robs H. Sedin with outstanding effort

 
Unsung performance of the game

In addition to his assist on Watson's goal, Fisher had three hits, two blocked shots and a plus-1 rating in 19:24 of ice time.

 
Highlight of the game

Jarnkrok not only had to beat Miller in overtime, he had to beat the clock. Josi retrieved the puck in the neutral zone with 5.5 seconds remaining, and Jarnkrok had to get in position to receive the pass and get the shot off before time expired.

Video: VAN@NSH: Jarnkrok nets shorthanded game-winner in OT

 
They said it

"You always got to be happy to get a point, for sure, but again we definitely wanted that next one. It was a good road game for us, but get in those 3-on-3s, anything can happen. When we had the man-advantage like that, we wanted to try and bury it, and unfortunately we just couldn't." -- Canucks forward Brandon Sutter

 

"It's a good feeling to win the game in [overtime]. It's been a while since we won the last one. I can't remember when that happened, but a big win no matter what. Obviously made things hard for ourselves in the third period, but still, got to see the bigger picture. Huge two points, and obviously there's some areas we can improve too." -- Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne

 
Need to know

Sedin remains four points shy of 1,000 for his NHL career after he was kept off the score sheet a fourth consecutive game. … Miller is one victory from tying Evgeni Nabokov (353) for 20th on the NHL wins list. … Nashville center Ryan Johansen won 13-for-18 (72 percent) on faceoffs. … Watson has two goals in the past two games.

 
What's next

Canucks: At the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; CSN-PH, SNP, NHL.TV)

Predators: Host the Boston Bruins on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, SNO, FS-TN, NESN, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Jarnkrok nets game-winner in OT as Preds beat Canucks

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