Final OT

Series (Game 3 of 4)

Nashville leads 3-1

Game 1: Wednesday, December 28th
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Game 2: Thursday, March 2nd
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Game 3: Thursday, March 9th
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Game 4: Tuesday, March 14th
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Predators 3

(37-19-7, 81 pts)

Canucks 2

(35-23-6, 76 pts)

10:00 PM ET, March 9, 2006

Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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NSH 0 0 2 13
VAN 0 1 1 02

A. Auld (Canucks - G): Saves: 34, Save Pct.: .919

S. Sullivan (Predators - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

D. Legwand (Predators - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Sullivan, Legwand rally Preds past Canucks in OT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- David Legwand didn't waste much time to make up for a missed opportunity.

Stopped on a two-on-one break late in regulation, Legwand scored six seconds into overtime, lifting the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night.

Legwand intercepted Nolan Baumgartner's errant pass just inside the Vancouver blue line and used Bryan Allen as a screen, snapping a shot past Alex Auld's blocker from just inside the faceoff circle.

"Baumgartner looked like it got stuck to his stick, like he double-hit it, and it came right to me," Legwand said. "I just knew to get it over Bryan Allen's knee pad there and see what could happen, and I don't think Alex Auld saw the shot."

Auld saw a lot of other pucks as the Predators outshot Vancouver 22-6 in the third period.

Steve Sullivan converted two of them, tying the game twice as Nashville recorded its fifth point in three games of a four-game trip.

"We started putting pucks on net, getting a lot of shots and switched the momentum around and went after them and we were able to get the win," Sullivan said after ending a personal nine-game goal-scoring drought.

The Canucks didn't help themselves by taking consecutive penalties early in the third period.

"We had complete control of the game until that point," center Brendan Morrison said. "We gave them a couple of power plays and they generated a lot of momentum off that. They got a few shots and they just kept coming."

Tomas Vokoun made 23 saves at the other end as the fourth-place Predators moved five points ahead of the Canucks in the Western Conference.

After trading for veteran defensemen Keith Carney, Eric Weinrich and Sean Brown earlier in the day, the Canucks got one of their own blue-liners back as Mattias Ohlund returned from a rib injury suffered at the Olympics and played a season-high 30:54.

However, with Vancouver's acquisitions not due to arrive until Saturday, Nashville took advantage of the Canucks' patchwork defense in the third period, forcing turnovers and penalties with speed and hard work.

"They've made some trades for some pretty solid veteran defensemen and tonight was probably the last night where they had such a young core on the blue line," Sullivan said. "We wanted to use our team speed and work ethic down low and try to work the cycle and get some pucks on net and try to outwork them down low."

After only managing 14 shots through 40 minutes, the plan paid off in the third period as Nashville had 22.

Anson Carter staked the Canucks to a 1-0 lead with his 25th goal of the season midway through the second, but Sullivan replied into an open net after some nice passing on the power play 8:40 into the third.

Henrik Sedin restored the lead on a nice deflection less than 2½ minutes later, but Sullivan added his 28th of the season at 14:27 by one-timing a slap shot over Auld's glove from the top of the left faceoff circle.

"We took the fight to them in the third," Predators coach Barry Trotz said.

Daniel Sedin had two assists and Auld finished with 33 saves for the Canucks, who have lost three of five since the Olympics. Auld's best save was the sprawling blocker stop off Legwand late in regulation, but Legwand got his revenge in overtime, scoring his third goal in two games.

It was just the sixth goal of the season for Legwand, who scored twice in Calgary on Tuesday and was playing his fifth game after missing 32 because of knee surgery.

"It's starting to come around now and feel better and stronger," he said.

Game notes


Carney, Weinrich, Brown and goalie Mika Noronen -- another acquisition before the trade deadline -- were all expected to be in Vancouver's lineup for Saturday's home game against Dallas. ... The Predators expect to have defenseman Brendan Witt, another trade deadline acquisition, in the lineup when they wrap up a four-game road trip Saturday in San Jose. ... Vancouver defenseman Ed Jovanovski has resumed skating on his own after undergoing abdominal surgery in Feb. 1 but isn't likely to return before the first week in April.

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