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Nashville Predators 4, Vancouver Canucks 5 (SO): Eddie Lack Shuts The Door

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The Predators lose an openly played game in Nashville tonight.

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

It was a raucous crowd (as if it would be any different) in Nashville tonight as the Predators took on the Vancouver Canucks. They Preds jumped out to an early lead in this one, but saw it vanish as Vancouver made a comeback. It was a back and forth game the entire time, but when it was all said and done,  Vancouver walked away with two points.

Cody Franson kicked off the scoring with a quick wrist shot from the blue line on the tail end of a power play. Taylor Beck got in on the action with a breakaway goal later on in the period. The Canucks got on the board in the second period with a goal from Linden Vey to cut the Preds' lead in half. Jannik Hansen tied the game up just minutes after Vey's goal. Viktor Stalberg broke the tie late in the second period. The lead didn't last for too long though as Alexandre Burrows scored shorthanded to get the game back even. Chris Higgins tallied another one for Vancouver to give the Canucks a one goal lead. Mike Fisher continued this carousel of a game with a power play goal.

Random Observations

  • This game had a sloppy start to it. There were three icings in the first two minutes of the game. By the looks of it, you would have thought that both these teams played a game last night, and not just the Canucks.
  • Speaking of which, Vancouver did an excellent job of keeping their guys as fresh as possible for this game tonight. They got into Nashville at 11:30 pm last night, and no one on their team played more than twenty one minutes in yesterday's game.
  • That was a heck of a quick release by Franson on his goal. Eddie Lack never really saw it until it was in the back of the net.
  • There was nothing fancy about Beck's goal. He just straight beat Lack on that one.
  • Do the Preds' players have a competition among themselves to see who can score a goal with an in between the legs shot? Forsberg tried it the other game, and Ribeiro tried it tonight. At this rate, someone is bound to score on one of those shot. It's the Law of Averages.
  • The Canucks scored two goals in two minutes in the second period. They past few games, the Preds have been getting into a habit of getting a nice lead in the first, and then proceeding to blow that lead. Hopefully this outcome will be like those of last week.
  • Preds - 0, Posts - 2
  • Vancouver got a little chippy after that Stalberg goal. They didn't even want the Preds to celebrate what so ever. It just shows you how desperate teams get in the last two weeks of the season. Every shift matters at this point.
  • Fisher has been a savior on the Predators' special teams since his return earlier this season. Not only can he kill off a penalty, but he can score with the man advantage as well.
  • If you ask 100 people to describe Vancouver in one word, I am almost certain that 90 of them would say dirty.

OTF's Super Duper Stars of the Game

  • Viktor Stalberg: He played relatively well, and he scored a goal in this one.
  • The Fans: Tonight's crowd was rowdy from the get go. They are already in playoff mode.
  • The Special Teams: There were a total of 3 power play goals and a shorthanded goal scored in this one.

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