NHL Update: Vancouver Canucks defeat Nashville Predators, 2-1

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NHL Update: Vancouver Canucks thrash Nashville Predators, 2-1

Lee Sweatt scored in the middle period to help Vancouver Canucks for a 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators, at Rogers Arena on Wednesday night.

Alex Burrows tallied the other goal for Vancouver, which head into the All-Star break having won its previous two contests after losing four in a row. Canucks sit atop the Western Conference with 71 points and are knotted with Philadelphia Flyers for most points in the NHL.

Roberto Luongo was solid, turning aside 26 shots in the win.

Shea Weber provided the lone offense for Nashville, which has lost its previous two play-offs and has 60 points with a 27-17-6 mark for the fourth place in the Western Conference.

Pekka Rinne stopped 33 shots for Predators, who are six points back of Detroit Red Wings for the top spot in the Central Division.

"That's a really good team over there so I thought we played a good game," said Rinne. "We let the game get away from us there and it ended up costing us."

After the first two periods passed goalless, Nashville finally notched a 1-0 lead just 37 seconds into the third frame. Following some frantic action in Canucks zone, Weber took credit for the first goal as he smashed a rebound into the net for his ninth goal of the season.

"We just weren't skating in the first period and we took three penalties," said defenceman Keith Ballard "There was no flow there. They are a team that doesn't give up much, so you have to earn what you get. We worked hard the last two periods and the goals we got we earned them."

Vancouver, however, knotted the game at 1-1 midway through the second period. The play was set up by Dan Hamhuis, who threw a turnaround blazing shot from the left point on net and Burrows redirected it past Rinne.

Less than two minutes later, Vancouver accounted for the final scoring 2-1. It happened so when Daniel Sedin grabbed the puck in Predators zone and before crossing the blue line passed it to Sweatt, who banged a shot past goalie from the right circle for his first goal in his first NHL game.

"We were just trying to keep it simple out there," said Sweatt. "He fed me a great pass and I was just trying to make sure my shot went on net. It just happened to go in."

From there, Vancouver held on with Luongo saving six shots in the final session for the victory.


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