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Andrew Ebbett and Jannik Hansen each scored a goal and added two assists helping the Vancouver Canucks to a 7-4 defeat of the normally stingy Nashville Predators.
The Canucks scored early and often in the first period as Andrew Ebbett registered his first of the season, after Hansen’s speed and fore-check led to a turnover behind the net from Predator defenseman Scott Hannan. Ebbett’s goal was his first of the season after being re-called from the AHL’s Chicago Wolves earlier in the week. Alex Edler and Mason Raymond slap shots added to the Canucks lead, 3-1 after the first period.
Maxim Lapierre joined in on the scoring in the middle frame putting a breakaway goal thru the legs of Predators starting Goalie Pekka Rinne who was immediately pulled after allowing 4 goals on 12 shots and replaced by Chris Mason. Hansen would add his 7th of the season, giving him his first three-point night in the NHL while making it 5-2 before the end of the second period.
The Predators showed signs of life with two goals to open the third period from Mike Fisher and Gabriel Bourque, making it a one goal game. However the Canucks responded with Henrik Sedin converting on a sleek penalty shot before David Booth added his first of the year into an empty net.
Roberto Luongo stopped 29 of 33 Predators shots to earn his second straight victory while the Canucks managed 22 on the Nashville net. The Canucks next welcome the Detroit Red Wings to town on Saturday night for the second of a four game home stand