Predators 2, Canucks 1
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Nashville forward Nick Spalding deflected home defenseman Seth Jones' shot on the power play at 12:38 of the third period to give the Predators a 2-1 comeback win over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night.
Spalding got credit for the winning goal after it was originally awarded to Jones.
Left winger Chris Higgins scored for the Canucks, who enjoyed a 34-26 edge in shots.
Center Craig Smith also tallied for Nashville.
The first period was scoreless and the Canucks led 1-0 after the second on Higgins' goal before the Predators launched a third-period rally.
The Canucks controlled play in the first period as they enjoyed six minutes of power-play time. Vancouver received a four-minute power play when center Matt Cullen received a double-minor for high-sticking. Then, just 15 seconds after he came out of the penalty box, Nashville center Paul Gaustad was sent off for cross-checking Vancouver center Ryan Kesler.
But, despite a number of near-misses, the Canucks could not beat Nashville goaltender Carter Hutton. Vancouver outshot Nashville 13-7 in the first 20 minutes.
Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo was also sharp in the first period as he stopped defenseman Shea Weber's hard slap shot from the point and denied left winger Eric Nystrom on a one-timer from the slot.
Smith created a 1-1 tie only 3:28 into the third period as he one-timed center Nick Spaling's pass from behind the net over Luongo.
After staying disciplined most of the game, the Canucks took a pair of hooking penalties to Kesler and left winger Alex Burrows 2:40 apart. The hosts killed the first power play, but while Burrows was still in the box, a Jones shot eluded Luongo, giving the Predators a 2-1 advantage.
The Canucks got a power play when advantage when Predators left winger Eric Nystrom was penalized for interference at 15:17 but were unable to capitalize.
The Predators (23-22-7) posted their second straight win while the Canucks (26-17-9) saw their win streak end at two games as they lost for the ninth time in the past 12 outings.
Hutton stopped 33 shots while Luongo recorded 24 saves.
The Canucks were blanked on five power plays, while the Predators converted one of four man-advantage opportunities.
NOTES: Canucks coach John Tortorella served the second of a six-game suspension for storming the Calgary Flames dressing room area after the first period Saturday. Assistant Mike Sullivan again assumed the head coaching duties. ... D Ryan Stanton returned to Vancouver's lineup after missing 15 games with a sprained ankle. C Mike Santorelli came back after missing two with an undisclosed injury. ... Predators assistant coach Lane Lambert missed the game because he returned to Nashville to be with his wife as she began chemotherapy treatments. Player personnel director Scott Nichol took his place for the first of four games. ... D Michael Del Zotto played his first game as a Predator after being acquired in a trade a day earlier from the New York Rangers for fellow D Kevin Klein. ... The Canucks sent C Jordan Schroeder to the Utica Comets of the AHL on a conditioning stint to recuperate from a fractured ankle. The Comets play two games in nearby Abbotsford, B.C., on Friday and Saturday, so Schroeder did not have far to travel. He is expected to be recalled early next week. ... Former Canucks G Kirk McLean was among the inductees into British Columbia Hockey Hall of Fame announced earlier Thursday.
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