Series (Game 4 of 4)

Vancouver leads 3-1

Game 1: Thursday, December 19th
Game 2: Tuesday, January 14th
Game 3: Tuesday, January 21st
Game 4: Thursday, March 20th

Predators 3

(27-30-5, 70 pts)

Canucks 7

(42-20-1, 97 pts)

10:00 PM ET, March 20, 2003

Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

1 2 3 T
NSH 0 1 23
VAN 4 3 07

B. Reid (Canucks - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

T. Letowski (Canucks - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

T. Klatt (Canucks - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Rookie Reid's two goals lead Canucks' rout

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Sami Salo scored a power-play goal and assisted on another in the Vancouver Canucks' 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators on Wednesday night.

Jason King, Trevor Linden and Brendan Morrison also scored for the Canucks, who improved to 7-0-2 in their last nine games.

Scott Hartnell, Adam Hall and Scott Walker had goals for the Predators.

Nashville outshot Vancouver 6-0 early and took a 1-0 lead at 7:45 of the first period when Hartnell snared a bad pass by the Canucks and put a one-timer past Johan Hedberg.

The Canucks tied it at 11:23 of the first period when Markus Naslund hit Sami Salo with perfect pass high in the slot, and Salo shot the puck over Tomas Vokoun.

Nashville scored again in the first period when Hall put a wrist shot just inside the right post at 18:04 on the power play.

The Canucks tied it for the second time at 7:24 of the second period on King's goal.

Linden put Vancouver ahead 3-2 in the third period with the Canucks' second 5-on-3 power-play goal at 1:49.

Vancouver got an insurance goal at 10:29 on Morrison's goal.

Walker got the Predators within a goal with 34 seconds left.

Game notes

The Canucks had scored the first goal in their first 12 games, falling short of the 18-game, first-goal streak set by Montreal in 1959. Nashville sent Wade Brookbank to Milwaukee of the AHL for conditioning Wednesday. Jim McKenzie, out since preseason with a knee injury, played his first game for Nashville. Vancouver's Bryan Allen sat out, the first of two after he was suspended without pay as the result of a slashing incident against Detroit on Nov. 3. King's six goals leads NHL rookies.

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