Predators 6, Canucks 5

Associated Press  |  Last updated December 02, 2011
Mike Fisher scored his second goal of the game with 1:16 left, and the Nashville Predators beat Vancouver 6-5 on Thursday night to snap Canucks backup goalie Cory Schneider's five-game winning streak. Fisher went to the net and backhanded a centering pass from Martin Erat over a sprawling Roberto Luongo, who replaced Schneider in the high-scoring game. David Legwand, Shea Weber, Jordin Tootoo and Colin Wilson also scored for the Predators. Cody Hodgson, Daniel Sedin, Aaron Volpatti, Alex Burrows and Jannick Hansen had goals for the Canucks (14-10-1). Schneider, who gets sporadic starts behind Luongo, was pulled following the first period after giving up three goals on five shots. Nashville's Pekka Rinne had it almost as rough, and was replaced by Anders Lindback after the Canucks took a 5-3 lead in the second period. Lindback made several key saves in the third period and stopped all 19 shots he faced. Schneider was in goal for a seventh straight game, a run that included back-to-back shutouts, as coach Alain Vigneault decided to ride the hot hand. Schneider had allowed only four goals during his winning streak. Luongo was cleared to play five games ago after recovering from an undisclosed upper body injury sustained on Nov. 13. The Predators (12-9-4), who had scored only five goals in four games, won for the second time in three games. Legwand and Fisher scored on Nashville's first two shots, and Weber made it 3-1 before the first period ended. Two of the goals came on the power play. Legwand scored his sixth of the season on the Predators' first power play, snapping Colin Wilson's pass behind Schneider. Fisher doubled the lead by lofting a backhander over Schneider's arm. Hodgson drew the Canucks to within a goal on a power play 1:42 later. He shoveled Chris Higgins' feed behind Rinne, who was lifted after one period in his previous appearance in Vancouver. Weber, robbed by Schneider's glove seconds before, scored on a top-corner shot from the circle. Rinne, a Vezina trophy finalist last season, looked shaky in a four-goal second period in which the Canucks outshot Nashville 20-9. He was pulled at 10:29 of the period. Daniel Sedin banked a puck in off the goalie, and Volpatti ended a 36-game drought with a shot through a crowd from the top of the slot 48 seconds later. Burrows scored his ninth goal when he converted Henrik Sedin's backhanded pass for Vancouver's first lead. Hansen made it 5-3 with a shot that found its way under Rinne's pads, but Tootoo and Wilson scored to tie it 5-5 tie after 40 minutes. NOTES: Canucks forward Mason Raymond missed a planned return to the lineup following a serious back injury in last season's Stanley Cup finals because of what a team official termed ''paperwork with the league.'' ... Vancouver D Sami Salo was out after sustaining a groin injury on Tuesday. Aaron Rome, back after missing four games with a hand injury, replaced him. ... Luongo got the start when these clubs met in Vancouver on Oct. 20 and made 25 saves in the Canucks' 5-1 win. ... The Predators finished a five-game road trip.
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