Predators’ four-game win streak ends at Vancouver

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 12:55am
Staff reports

Jason Arnott had a game-high six shots on goal, but as a team the Nashville Predators were outshot by a wide margin in a 4-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday in Vancouver.

Nashville (22-12-3, 47 points) entered the night with four straight victories and a streak of seven consecutive contests with at least one point. Both ended in the final game before the Christmas break.

Vancouver (21-16-0, 42 points) registered 36 shots, 15 more than the Predators. Only four Nashville opponents have had more this season.

Goalie Dan Ellis faced that offensive onslaught as he made his third straight start. He made 32 saves but lost for the first time in four outings.

It was not until the second period that the Canucks scored with goals from Steve Bernier and Daniel Sedin, the latter on a power play. They put it out of reach with two goals in a span of 3:38 of the third.

Patric Hornqvist finally got the Predators on the board with 5:24 to play the final period. It was his 11th of the season, which tied him with Arnott for second on the team.

Arnott returned to the lineup after having missed the previous game with an upper body injury.

However, forward Jerred Smithson played only two shifts and a total of 1:29 before he left the contest in the first period. Defenseman Francis Bouillon was hurt in the second period and missed several shifts but returned to action in the third.

Nashville’s next contest is Saturday (7 p.m., Sommet Center) against Chicago. The Predators are two points behind the Blackhawks, who lead the Central Division.