NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Vancouver Canucks are making a habit
of late comebacks.
Brendan Morrison tied the score with 1:40 left in the third and
Lukas Krajicek's first goal of the season lifted the Canucks to a
4-3 victory in overtime over the Nashville Predators on Saturday
It was the Canucks' second come-from-behind victory in two
nights. On Friday, they rallied for a 3-2 win at St. Louis.
"Our guys are creating an identity for themselves," Vancouver
coach Alain Vigneault said. "They are sticking with the process.
They are not giving up. That's great for our team."
Krajicek took a shot from the left circle that went over the
glove and shoulder of Nashville goalie Tomas Vokoun 2:32 into the
"It was kind of weird shot," Vokoun said. "The puck kind of
dropped and it handcuffed me."
"We worked extremely hard against St. Louis and came back,"
Vigneault said. "We worked extremely hard against Nashville from
the opening buzzer even though we playing back-to-back games. We
thought we could tie the game, and we did. Then we found a way to
win in overtime."
Erat capitalized on a 2-on-1 break to put the Predators ahead
3-2 at the 6:40 mark of the second period.
However, Morrison tied the score at 18:20 of the third, taking
control of the puck in a crowd of players battling for the rebound
and putting the puck in the open net as Vokoun had positioned
himself at the front of the crease.
Vancouver took a 1-0 lead 1 minute into the game when Bulis
fired a shot from the middle of the left circle that went past
Hartnell tied the score at 5:55 with a shot that bounced off
Luongo and went into the net.
Vancouver wanted to get more traffic front of the net against
the Predators. Pyatt spent most of the game camped out in front of
Vokoun, and was able to find an opening at 16:13 of the first
"In the first period, we didn't have a lot of energy,"
Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "A lot of times, after a team
has taken a long road trip, your first game back home you usually
come out flat. I thought we played flat in the first period."
The Predators refocused in the second period, sending 19 shots
at Luongo. Dumont tied the score on a 2-on-1 break at 3:35.
"We played not to lose near the end of the game," Dumont said.
"Good teams find a way to win. We are going to have to find out
how to play with a lead."
Vokoun finished with 42 saves. Despite the large number of
shots, Trotz was slow to criticize his team's efforts on defense.
"The young guys are going to develop," he Trotz. "You have to
go through the first quarter of the season and let them develop a
little bit each game. We just need a lot more consistency on the
Rookie Alexander Radulov made his debut for Nashville,
alternating between lines and getting his first penalty at 11:06 of
the third period for tripping. ... Erat, who has points in four of
his last five games, took over the team scoring lead with four
goals and four assists. ... Vancouver's Sami Salo, picked up an
assist to add to his points total (three goals, four assists) as
the team's leading defensemen. ... With Steve Sullivan sidelined
for the second game in a row with back problems, Jason Arnott has
been serving as an assistant captain for Nashville.