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10th: Vokoun stops 41 shots in Preds 3-1 win vs. Vancouver

by Kevin Wilson / Nashville Predators
March 2, 2006

The Nashville Predators scored three unanswered goals to overcome a 1-0 deficit and top the Vancouver Canucks by a 3-1 score, but it was Tomas Vokoun's stellar play in net that secured the win. Vokoun stopped 41-of-42 shots to earn his 29th victory of the season in addition to first-star honors.

"Talk about a gold-medal performance, that was a gold-medal performance," head coach Barry Trotz said of Vokoun's play. "He made the big saves when we needed it. At the start of the second period I thought he was great because if they get two goals there we're probably not sitting here saying, 'Hey, we got the win.'”

Yanic Perreault kick-started the Preds offense at 17:01 of the second period, and Greg Johnson netted the game winner just 45 seconds into the third. Mike Sillinger added an insurance marker less than six minutes later.

"I think we showed a lot of character tonight," said Sillinger. "Tomas, obviously the backbone of our hockey club, was fantastic tonight. He's the reason why we won the game."

The win also sparked one of the most impressive runs in franchise history to that point – the Predators earned at least a point in each of their next 10 games, outscoring opponents 36-19.
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