Vancouver
Canucks
49-26-7
Nashville
Predators
51-23-8
OT
46 SOG
40 SOG
1st2nd3rdOTT
VAN
NSH
game recap

Canucks 4, Predators 3, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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Canucks 4, Predators 3, OT
Vancouver Canucks 4, Nashville Predators 3

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -The Vancouver Canucks are making a habit of late comebacks.

Brendan Morrison tied the score with 1:40 left in the third and Lukas Krajicek's first goal of the season lifted the Canucks to a 4-3 victory in overtime over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.

It was the Canucks' second come-from-behind victory in two nights. On Friday, they rallied for a 3-2 win at St. Louis.

"Our guys are creating an identity for themselves," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. "They are sticking with the process. They are not giving up. That's great for our team."

Krajicek took a shot from the left circle that went over the glove and shoulder of Nashville goalie Tomas Vokoun 2:32 into the extra period.

"It was kind of weird shot," Vokoun said. "The puck kind of dropped and it handcuffed me."

Jan Bulis and Taylor Pyatt also scored for Vancouver, which won for the third time in four games. Roberto Luongo stopped 37 shots for the Canucks.

"We worked extremely hard against St. Louis and came back," Vigneault said. "We worked extremely hard against Nashville from the opening buzzer even though we playing back-to-back games. We thought we could tie the game, and we did. Then we found a way to win in overtime."

Scott Hartnell, J.P. Dumont and Martin Erat had the goals for Nashville, which had its four-game winning streak snapped.

Erat capitalized on a 2-on-1 break to put the Predators ahead 3-2 at the 6:40 mark of the second period.

However, Morrison tied the score at 18:20 of the third, taking control of the puck in a crowd of players battling for the rebound and putting the puck in the open net as Vokoun had positioned himself at the front of the crease.

Vancouver took a 1-0 lead 1 minute into the game when Bulis fired a shot from the middle of the left circle that went past Vokoun's stick.

Hartnell tied the score at 5:55 with a shot that bounced off Luongo and went into the net.

Vancouver wanted to get more traffic front of the net against the Predators. Pyatt spent most of the game camped out in front of Vokoun, and was able to find an opening at 16:13 of the first period.

"In the first period, we didn't have a lot of energy," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "A lot of times, after a team has taken a long road trip, your first game back home you usually come out flat. I thought we played flat in the first period."

The Predators refocused in the second period, sending 19 shots at Luongo. Dumont tied the score on a 2-on-1 break at 3:35.

"We played not to lose near the end of the game," Dumont said. "Good teams find a way to win. We are going to have to find out how to play with a lead."

Vokoun finished with 42 saves. Despite the large number of shots, Trotz was slow to criticize his team's efforts on defense.

"The young guys are going to develop," he Trotz. "You have to go through the first quarter of the season and let them develop a little bit each game. We just need a lot more consistency on the back end."

Notes: Rookie Alexander Radulov made his debut for Nashville, alternating between lines and getting his first penalty at 11:06 of the third period for tripping. ... Erat, who has points in four of his last five games, took over the team scoring lead with four goals and four assists. ... Vancouver's Sami Salo, picked up an assist to add to his points total (three goals, four assists) as the team's leading defensemen. ... With Steve Sullivan sidelined for the second game in a row with back problems, Jason Arnott has been serving as an assistant captain for Nashville.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:00
VAN
Jan Bulis (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Markus Naslund (4), Brendan Morrison (2)
1 - 0 VAN
05:55
NSH
Scott Hartnell (3) Tip-in - ASST: Shea Weber (4), Vernon Fiddler (1)
1 - 1 Tie
16:13
VAN
Taylor Pyatt (4) Snap shot - ASST: Daniel Sedin (6), Sami Salo (4)
2 - 1 VAN
2nd Period
03:35
NSH
J-P Dumont (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Mikko Lehtonen (1), Shea Weber (5)
2 - 2 Tie
06:40
NSH
Martin Erat (4) Slapshot - ASST: Paul Kariya (6), Kimmo Timonen (5)
3 - 2 NSH
3rd Period
18:20
VAN
Brendan Morrison (2) Slapshot - ASST: Jan Bulis (3), Mattias Ohlund (1)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
02:32
VAN
Lukas Krajicek (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Kesler (2), Matt Cooke (1)
4 - 3 VAN
penalty summary
1st Period
01:51
VAN
Henrik Sedin  Hooking
02:29
NSH
David Legwand  Hooking
06:10
VAN
Mattias Ohlund  Hooking
12:41
NSH
Mikko Lehtonen  Interference
19:04
NSH
Marek Zidlicky  Tripping
2nd Period
07:20
NSH
Scott Nichol  Interference
07:20
VAN
Brendan Morrison  Slashing against  Scott Nichol
09:12
VAN
Henrik Sedin  Holding against  Marek Zidlicky
10:26
VAN
Matt Cooke  Hooking against  Paul Kariya
15:34
NSH
Marek Zidlicky  Interference
3rd Period
00:03
NSH
Jordin Tootoo  Fighting (maj) against  Kevin Bieksa
00:03
VAN
Kevin Bieksa  Fighting (maj) against  Jordin Tootoo
00:11
VAN
Ryan Kesler  Holding against  Dan Hamhuis
08:59
VAN
Daniel Sedin  Holding against  J-P Dumont
11:06
NSH
Alexander Radulov  Tripping against  Sami Salo
16:10
NSH
Mikko Lehtonen  Delay of game
18:50
NSH
Jordin Tootoo  Hooking
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Roberto Luongo
SA: 40TOI: 62:32
Saves: 37EV: 24 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 12
SV%: .925SH: 1 - 1
Tomas Vokoun
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 46TOI: 62:12
Saves: 42EV: 34 - 38
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .913SH: 2 - 2