The Preds started their Canada trip with a bang.
The Nashville Predators put together a dominant performance on Wednesday night as they began a three-game road trip with a 7-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
P.K. Subban lit the lamp twice for the Preds while five others found the back of the net as well. Craig Smith had a strong with one goal and two helpers as he and four other Predators finished the night with two or more points.
It didn’t take long for the Predators to get on the board as Subban flipped a puck off of the back of a Canucks defender which ultimately fooled Anders Nilsson 1:33 into the contest. The Preds would add to that lead and carry a 2-0 advantage into the first intermission with Viktor Arvidsson scoring a shorthanded tally after receiving a great feed from Ryan Johansen out in front.
The second period started off exactly like the first with Subban finding the back of the net, only this time his goal came from just inside center ice. It was certainly a goal you don’t see too often. The Canucks answered back less than two minutes later on the power play, but the Preds returned the favor with a goal on the man advantage of their own 59 seconds after. Filip Forsberg got a nice bounce as he lit the lamp for his 15th goal of the season.
Nashville held a 4-1 edge after 40 minutes of play while also leading in the shots on goal category, 31-19.
The Predators did not let their foot off of the gas at all after grabbing their sizable lead in the third period to say the very least. Craig Smith netted his 12th of the year just under 12 minutes into the period before Kevin Fiala and Calle Jarnkrok scored two goals in the span of 40 seconds to make it 7-1 Nashville.
Along with setting a new season-high in goals scored, the Preds also set a new shots on goal mark with 48 on the night.