Predators rally for high-scoring victory at Vancouver

Friday, December 2, 2011 at 12:46am
Staff reports

The Nashville Predators scored on their first two shots and later rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Vancouver Canucks 6-5 Thursday at Vancouver.

Ten different players scored and both teams changed goalies as the Predators set a season-high for goals scored in the last of a five-game road trip. The only player with two goals was Nashville’s Mike Fisher, who got the game-winner with 1:16 remaining.

Vancouver was the first to change goalies as Roberto Luongo replaced starter Cory Schneider after the first period. Schneider allowed three goals on five shots and the Predators led 3-1 after 20 minutes.

Fisher’s first goal came at 8:16 of the first, 2:32 after David Legwand made it 1-0.

Anders Lindback replaced Pekka Rinne between the pipes for Nashville after Rinne allowed four goals in the first 10:29 of the second period. Lindback stopped all 19 shots he faced and earned the victory.

It was the second time in as many visits to Vancouver this season that Rinne started but failed to finish. He allowed four goals in one period back on Oct. 20. The Predators lost that one 5-1.

They trailed 5-3 at the point Rinne was pulled but got even before the second intermission on goals by Jordin Tootoo and Colin Wilson. The Canucks outshot the Predators 21-9 in the second period.

Wilson (one goal, two assists) and rookie Craig Smith (three assists) had three points each and four other Nashville players had two points each. Vancouver had three players with two points each.

The Predators play their first home game in nearly two weeks when they host the Buffalo Sabres 7 p.m. Saturday.

2 Comments on this post:

By: sharko20 on 12/2/11 at 7:57

That was a crazy game. Tower II was outstanding. Once again the ref standing right there misses the high stick on Weber. Guess that interference call on Kesler was the make up. Great win.

Thanks City Paper for not going the Facebook route!

By: MusicCity615 on 12/2/11 at 1:57

Go Predators!!!