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Canucks 4, Predators 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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Canucks 4, Predators 1
Nashville Predators 1, Vancouver Canucks 4

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -Canucks forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin always seem to know where the other is on the ice. Nashville's defenders couldn't say the same.

The Sedin brothers each had a goal and two assists in the final 24 minutes on Tuesday night, breaking open a close game and leading the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators.

"The last couple of weeks we've felt good, we're moving the puck well and we know where each other are so it's fun," Henrik said after feeding his twin brother for a power-play goal that made it 2-0 with 3:37 left in the second period.

Henrik and Daniel combined to set up defenseman Sami Salo's goal seven minutes into the third period, and Henrik then jammed in Daniel's pass from behind the net to make it 4-0 less than three minutes later.

"Those two have some of the best chemistry in the league for a reason," said Nashville goalie Dan Ellis, who finished with 32 saves. "They share the same bloodlines, the same everything. They know exactly where each other are and we did give them a little bit of time and space, especially low. We didn't collapse enough on them and they were able to capitalize."

Steve Bernier opened the scoring 6:39 into the second period, and Roberto Luongo made 20 saves for the Canucks, who improved to 5-2-0 on a season-long eight-game homestand and moved into playoff position in the Western Conference.

"We had every guy step up tonight and that's what we need," said Henrik, who moved into a tie for second in NHL scoring with 47 points. "We played great defensively, didn't give up a whole lot, created scoring chances from every line - it was the most complete game we've played for a long time."

Patric Hornqvist spoiled Luongo's bid for his 50th career shutout with 5:24 left with a high backhand after being allowed to skate in alone on a 2-0 rush. But it wasn't nearly enough as the Predators had their four-game win streak snapped with their first loss in regulation in eight games (6-1-1).

Three Stars
Henrik Sedin

After a "one game slump", Coach Alain Vigneault said jokingly, Henrik had another stellar performance with a goal and two assists. He moves back into second place amongst NHL points leaders tied with Marian Gaborik.
1 Goal, 2 Assists, +2, 16:21 TOI

Daniel Sedin

The Canucks went 1-for-3 on the powerplay tonight thanks to the game winner by Daniel in the second period. He now has eight goals in the 15 games since returning from injury.
1 Goal, 2 Assists, +2, 17:41 TOI

Kyle Wellwood

Despite recent media criticism, Wellwood hasn't let it get to him as he was noticeably one of the most effective players on the ice, generating many chances and dominating in the circle.
1 Assist, +1, 15:14 TOI, 6-for-8 faceoffs (75%)

"There were too many areas where they had a higher compete level," coach Barry Trotz said. "More urgency. Harder on the puck. More determined."

Nashville came into the game averaging more than four goals a game in December after scoring 23 during the win streak, and looking to move into a tie with Chicago atop the Central Division. Instead the Predators spent most of the first two periods pinned in their own end by a Canucks team looking to bounce back from a 3-1 loss Sunday to St. Louis.

"They had a lot of desperation in their game," Trotz said. "And maybe we got a little bit fat here and didn't come out the way we wanted to."

Vancouver outshot Nashville 14-6 in the first period, yet couldn't solve Ellis, who was making his second straight start since replacing a struggling Pekka Rinne just five minutes into Friday's victory in Edmonton.

Ellis made a handful of great point-blank stops through the first period, but the Canucks seemed to find an extra gear after center Ryan Kesler fought bigger Nashville defenseman Shea Weber five minutes into the second period.

Bernier finally opened the scoring just over a minute later, pouncing on a loose puck in the slot, spinning quickly and firing his 10th goal under Ellis.

Vancouver was outshooting the Predators 16-8 since the fight when Daniel Sedin doubled the lead on a power play with 3:37 left in the period, taking a pass from Daniel in the slot and snapping it past Ellis' blocker.

"It's always a spark after something like that," Henrik said of the scrap.

Luongo wasn't busy, but made his best saves against Nashville's top line early, and appeared headed for his third shutout this season before a late breakdown.

"It's a little disappointing but at the end of the day we got the two points," Luongo said. "I thought we dominated pretty much the whole game."

Notes: Arnott was back after missing Saturday's win in Calgary with an upper-body injury, but Nashville lost C Jerred Smithson to an apparent hand injury after two shifts. ... Canucks D Alexander Edler returned from an upper-body injury suffered on a big hit from Weber in Nashville on Dec. 8. ... Canucks C Pavol Demitra returned from his native Slovakia, where he was seeing a specialist, but is still expected to miss another 3-4 weeks with a shoulder injury that required a second surgery in mid-October. ... Vancouver D Mathieu Schneider has left the team to attend to a personal matter.


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scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
06:39
VAN
Steve Bernier (10) ASST: Tanner Glass (4), Kyle Wellwood (6)
1 - 0 VAN
16:23
VAN
PPG - Daniel Sedin (8) ASST: Henrik Sedin (30), Kevin Bieksa (15)
2 - 0 VAN
3rd Period
06:53
VAN
Sami Salo (3) ASST: Henrik Sedin (31), Daniel Sedin (14)
3 - 0 VAN
09:31
VAN
Henrik Sedin (16) ASST: Daniel Sedin (15), Alexandre Burrows (14)
4 - 0 VAN
14:36
NSH
Patric Hornqvist (11) ASST: J-P Dumont (18), Marcel Goc (7)
4 - 1 VAN
penalty summary
1st Period
03:05
NSH
Ryan Suter  Holding the stick against  Jannik Hansen
10:01
VAN
Rick Rypien  Hi-sticking against  Patric Hornqvist
15:30
NSH
Dave Scatchard  Cross checking against  Christian Ehrhoff
2nd Period
03:08
VAN
Jannik Hansen  Tripping against  Ryan Jones
05:21
NSH
Shea Weber  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Kesler
05:21
VAN
Ryan Kesler  Fighting (maj) against  Shea Weber
14:35
NSH
Dave Scatchard  Interference on goalkeeper against  Roberto Luongo
3rd Period
NONE
goalie stats
Dan Ellis
Dan Ellis
8-6-1
SA: 36TOI: 60:00
Saves: 32EV: 20 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 12
SV%: .889SH: 1 - 1
Roberto Luongo
SA: 21TOI: 60:00
Saves: 20EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .952SH: 0 - 0