NSH
16-23-9
VAN
26-15-7

33 SOG
22 SOG

Canucks 7, Predators 4

Associated Press | Friday, 03.15.2013 / 3:22 AM

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Andrew Ebbett and Jannik Hansen provided some rare offense to help the Vancouver Canucks emerge from their scoring funk.

Ebbett and Hansen both had a goal and two assists as the Canucks beat the Nashville Predators 7-4 on Thursday night. Vancouver had totaled only five goals in its previous three games.

Ebbett, who has split time this season between Vancouver and Chicago of the AHL, got his first goal for the Canucks just 1:25 into the game.

"It's a good confidence-builder for me," Ebbett said. "I was getting sick of going up and down and up and down."

Ebbett began the season centering Vancouver's second line while Ryan Kesler recovered from shoulder and wrist injuries. The Calgary native was recalled from Chicago on Monday after Kesler went down with a foot injury upon his return following offseason surgery, and rookie Jordan Schroeder struggled.

"It's definitely not the type of game we were expecting against these guys," Hansen said.

Hansen's three-point night was the first of his NHL career, which began with 10 playoff games in 2006-07. He has had four goals and five assists in seven games since his wife gave birth to twin boys.

"It just happens to be going in the right direction right now," Hansen said of his game. "For some reason tonight, we (the team) found a way to score a couple more than we normally do."

Alex Edler, Mason Raymond, Max Lapierre, Henrik Sedin on a penalty shot, and David Booth, into an empty net, also scored for the Canucks, who won their second straight. Roberto Luongo finished with 29 saves.

Vancouver led 3-1 after the first period and 5-2 after the second.

Matt Halischuk, Nick Spaling, Mike Fisher and Gabriel Bourque scored for the Predators, who outshot the Canucks 33-22.

"I didn't think the score was an indication of how the game was," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "Unfortunately, everything that, I think, happened early was self-inflicted. The first goal was self-inflicted, and I thought the third goal was. We battled back, we had some chances but couldn't bury enough."

All the goals came at even strength as Nashville was 0 for 4 on the power play and Vancouver went 0 for 2.

Ebbett's early opening goal sent the Canucks on a scoring tear, and Hansen's second-period marker, which gave Vancouver a 5-2 lead, proved to be the winner after the Predators' rally fell short.

Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne came in with two shutouts in his previous three games. However, Ebbett opened the scoring early after Hansen stole the puck from Nashville defenseman Scott Hannan behind the net and sent it out front.

The goal ended Rinne's even-strength shutout streak at 186 minutes and 21 seconds.

Rinne's night ended after Lapierre increased the Canucks' advantage to 4-1 about 5 1/2 minutes into the second period as he scored on a breakaway coming out of the penalty box. Predators coach Barry Trotz then pulled Rinne - who gave up four scores on 12 shots - in favor of Chris Mason.

Just 29 seconds later, Spaling reduced Nashville's deficit to 4-2 as his goal-mouth pass went in off Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa.

However, Hansen restored Vancouver's three-goal lead at 13:48 of the second period. While skating down the wing, he directed the puck at Mason and Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis fell and carried the puck and Mason into the net.

Vancouver's two second-period goals came on only four shots, while Nashville unleashed 12 at Luongo.

"That line (of Ebbett, Hansen and Raymond) in the first period was really, really strong," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. "They were strong on the puck, Jannik can chase that puck and not get looked off like any of the top guys in the league."

Fisher pulled the Predators to 5-3 as he beat Luongo with a backhand from the slot at 6:38 of the third, and Bourque drew Nashville within one with 4:39 remaining.

However, Sedin deked Mason on a penalty shot just more than 2 minutes later after the Canucks captain was hooked on a breakaway. Then Booth scored into an empty net when Lapierre decided to pass instead of shooting.

"When we go into the third up three goals, we definitely don't want to be giving up one goal let alone two," Hansen said. "So it's something we have to clean up and make sure that we bury teams and we don't let them (back) into the games."

Halischuk tied the score 1-1 about 2 1/2 minutes after Ebbet's opening goal. Edler put Vancouver back ahead less than two minutes later.

Raymond made it 3-1 with just under 2 minutes left in the first period as he one-timed Ebbett's cross-ice pass.

NOTES: Bieksa returned to Vancouver's lineup after missing five games with a groin injury. ... Canucks winger Steve Pinizzotto, 28, played his first NHL game after appearing in 285 minor-league contests. The Mississauga, Ontario, native was recalled earlier Thursday from the Chicago of the AHL and quickly made his presence known by fighting Kevin Klein on his first shift. ... The Predators played without injured top scorer Colin Wilson (upper body) as well as defenseman Hal Gill (lower body) and forwards Patric Hornqvist (upper body) and Paul Gaustad (upper body).

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VAN
Scoring Summary
1st Period
01:25VAN Andrew Ebbett (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Jannik Hansen (8) 1 - 0 VAN
03:53NSH Matt Halischuk (1) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE 1 - 1 Tie
05:20VAN Alexander Edler (5) Slapshot - ASST: Christopher Tanev (4), Henrik Sedin (19) 2 - 1 VAN
18:07VAN Mason Raymond (7) Slapshot - ASST: Andrew Ebbett (1), Jannik Hansen (9) 3 - 1 VAN
2nd Period
05:32VAN Maxim Lapierre (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Dale Weise (2), Mason Raymond (7) 4 - 1 VAN
06:01NSH Nick Spaling (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Zach Boychuk (1) 4 - 2 VAN
13:48VAN Jannik Hansen (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Andrew Ebbett (2), Alexander Edler (9) 5 - 2 VAN
3rd Period
06:38NSH Mike Fisher (5) Backhand shot - ASST: Matt Halischuk (3) 5 - 3 VAN
15:41NSH Gabriel Bourque (8) Backhand shot - ASST: David Legwand (7) 5 - 4 VAN
17:26VAN PS - Henrik Sedin (7) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE 6 - 4 VAN
18:23VAN EN - David Booth (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Maxim Lapierre (4), Dale Weise (3) 7 - 4 VAN
Three Stars of the Game
Andrew Ebbett
1st
Andrew Ebbett
C
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 12:14
Jannik Hansen
2nd
Jannik Hansen
RW
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 3
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 13:35
Henrik Sedin
3rd
Henrik Sedin
C
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 17:49
Penalty Summary
1st Period
02:28NSH Kevin Klein  Fighting (maj) against  Steven Pinizzotto
02:28VAN Steven Pinizzotto  Fighting (maj) against  Kevin Klein
09:11NSH Rich Clune  Fighting (maj) against  Dale Weise
09:11VAN Dale Weise  Fighting (maj) against  Rich Clune
10:47NSH Victor Bartley  Holding against  Zack Kassian
12:49VAN Alexander Edler  Holding against  Mike Fisher
2nd Period
03:25VAN Maxim Lapierre  Interference against  Ryan Ellis
09:52NSH Ryan Ellis  Interference against  Alexandre Burrows
16:07VAN Kevin Bieksa  Slashing against  Craig Smith
3rd Period
08:22VAN Alexander Edler  Holding against  David Legwand
shots by period
PeriodNSHVAN
1st710
2nd124
3rd148
Total3322
Team Stats
CategoryNSHVAN
Power Plays0/40/2
Hits2922
Faceoff Wins3928
Giveaways57
Takeaways87
Blocked Shots108
Penalty Minutes1418
  • NASHVILLE
  • VANCOUVER
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4R. EllisD00-43218:08
6S. WeberD0006026:52
8K. KleinD0021515:05
10M. EratR00-11018:46
11D. LegwandC01-12020:15
12M. FisherC1012018:14
13N. SpalingC10-12013:27
15C. SmithC00-24017:09
16R. CluneL00-2056:49
18B. YipR00-31010:21
19B. ButlerR0002015:15
22S. HannanD00-31014:31
23Z. BoychukL0111013:43
24M. HalischukR1124013:47
57G. BourqueL10-11016:38
59R. JosiD00-11027:06
64V. BartleyD0020214:20
74S. KostitsynL0001016:12
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30C. Mason79.77833:50
35P. Rinne812.66725:32
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
2D. HamhuisD00-21023:41
3K. BieksaD00-10220:47
5J. GarrisonD0001020:42
7D. BoothL1002012:38
8C. TanevD0130017:37
9Z. KassianR00-21011:44
13S. PinizzottoR0001511:01
14A. BurrowsR0006019:06
20C. HigginsL00-10017:05
21M. RaymondL1131015:32
22D. SedinL00-10017:25
23A. EdlerD1132422:03
25A. EbbettC1222012:14
32D. WeiseR0220510:15
33H. SedinC1101017:49
36J. HansenR1222013:35
40M. LapierreC1122213:07
41A. AlbertsD0010015:39
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
1R. Luongo2933.87960:00