Predators stumble in final period in loss to Canucks.
The Nashville Predators entered the third period on Thursday night leading the Vancouver Canucks by a count of 3-2, but ultimately fell 5-3 after a lackluster final 20 minutes of play.
Vancouver rookie Brock Boeser was the man of the night scoring twice, including what was the game winning goal in the third period, to give the Canucks the victory snapping Nashville’s six-game home winning streak.
The first period didn’t feature too much action. Neither team lit the lamp as the Predators out shot the Canucks 11-8, but the second period made up for the lack of goals.
Craig Smith got the scoring going with his ninth tally of the season 2:42 into the period which was the start of a goal-swapping span of 20 minutes. Boeser tied things right back up just 12 seconds later with a wicked shot out in front. Filip Forsberg scored less than two minutes later on the man advantage which set a new franchise record as it was the 12th straight home game the Preds have scored a power play goal.
The scoring finally cooled off until later in the frame until Loui Eriksson batted in a puck in front to knot things at 2-2 with 5:49 left in the period. Nick Bonino would close out the goal-filled period with 3:15 left in the frame with his fourth of the season making it 3-2. Bonino’s goal came from a cluster out in front of the net, but upon further review the goal stood.
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Boeser assisted on the game tying goal scored by Daniel Sedin on the power play just past the midway point of the final period before scoring the game winner with just under six minutes remaining in regulation. Eriksson found the empty net to make it a 5-3 affair with 57 ticks left.
With the loss, the Predators posted a record of 10-3-1 during the month of November.