A typical Nashville Predators’ game (low scoring) ended with 5:09 left in the second overtime when Matt Halishuk roofed the winner to give the Music City squad a 2-1 win Saturday night at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
The series is tied 1-1 and moves to Tennessee Tuesday night at 6 p.m. (PDT)). The Predators were full credit for this win (unlike Game 1 when they managed just 20 shots at Canucks’ netminder Roberto Luongo) in putting 46 pucks at the Vancouver net. The Canucks managed 33 at Pred netminder Pekka Rinne, who outplayed his counterpart by robbing Canuck players throughout the contest – including ones off Maxime Lapierre and Kevin Bieksa in overtime.
For the second straight game, the Canuck twins Henrik and Daniel Sedin did not register a point. Canuck coach Alain Vigneault said it wasn’t because of lack of effort. “They’re our top players and obviously we need them to perform like top players. I know they’re working real hard. Sometimes you’ve got to give the opposition some credit,” he said in his post-game press conference.
Canuck forward Alex Burrows scored the only goal for the Canucks – a short-handed effort in the second period on an assist from line-mate Ryan Kesler.