Nashville, Tennessee – That's what Anders Nilsson needs Thursday:
– Rarely used Vancouver Knox had to start sharply against Nakashu Nakashville Predators, who were willing to make corrections on being outplayed last week at Rogers Arena. They gave up the goals of the load – and a punishment goal by Elias Peterson – at a loss of 5-3.
– A supported backup rarely needs some support to run in search of his first win almost two months after returning to a 3-2 victory in Pittsburgh on October 16. In a three-winning span that started in Tampa Bay and continued to Florida, he made 33, 24 and 26 saves the Canucks scoring 10 goals.
Nilsson got enough of what he needed against predators.
He took six consecutive obstacles, in which he scored Knox but seven goals, into the surrounding Arena and strong Arena Arena where the Predators lost only five out of 17 games. He could not make an early essential saves the Canucks could not produce enough bonafide scoring odds to be held up to 12 shots through 40 minutes and 21 at the time of regulation.
Here's what we learned as Bo Horvat stuck in the rebound with the remaining 43 seconds to force overtime before Colton Sisons scored at 3:05 in the extra session as Kanax fell 4-3.
Nielson is down, but not completely outside
Two goals in the range of less than minutes within the first period not only put the Canucks in a hole, they put Nelson on his heels because he went down on his knees in the efforts of Ryan Hartman and Nick Bonino.
On the opening goal, Horvette was unable to get the deep disc and the Predators went to the fast-moving as Dan Hamhuis hit Hartman the culprit. He used Ben Hatton as a screen and put a grille between his legs and passed Nilsson's glove. Bonino's effort was another shot of the hand that defeated Nilsson to the far side glove.
To his credit, Nielson collected his game when the game could get out of hand quickly. And he stayed there until the end of the road.
With Alex Biega caught the ice, the Predators had a 3 on 1 break and this time Nilsson was able to get a glove on the hot hartman shot and then he stopped once by Craig Smith in the slot.
However, this was another goal on the side of the glove that made it 3-1 and pretty much put the game away. It was absolutely hard to blame Nilsson because Calle Jarnkrok got just enough of the blade on Kyle Turris shot and he floated over the shoulder side of the glove's cork.
Power outage, then Boeser hits
The numbers were poor into Thursday – 1 to 18 punk men advantage in the previous seven games – and there was nothing to imply that something was about to change with the power to play.
On their first advantage, Nikolai Goldobin got two shots away but missed the net and then Pekka Rin tripped and racked to create 5 on 3 for 47 seconds. Nothing came of it. Antoine Roussel took unnecessary punishment at the time, and in the second period with an opportunity to draw even, the two units could not raise a single shot. Four power to play and no shots.
And when it looks like a bagel night, Broes Boeser unloaded a third-point bomb at 15:55 to provide a late drama game.
Dekey Beags potting the first goal?
Who was Jie Beagle in the pool goal? Who was the center of the fourth line, which looked like a first line axis when he scored on a 2 by 1 cut with Marcus Grenlund? He took the cross ice feed and got Rin off his balance effort backhanded for his first goal in 10 games after returning from the broken forearm.
After an encouraging start in which the Canucks actually had two opportunities-and Leibu with an open net with Renn sprawled, and Brock Boiser out of the strange commotion Peterson had, it was hard to find something that resembled a real opportunity until late in the third period.
Busser hesitated with a chance inside the bell and seemed to do a play instead of shooting with a clear path. Then he hit Horev, who landed at his sweet spot, but he could not get a shot.
Travis Green did not wait as long as Columbus on Tuesday to mix his lines. In the second period he put Beagle between Libo and Jake Wirtanen, and Hurbat was between Goldovin and Bousser and Paterson between Russell and Wirtanen. Busser will finish with only two shots.
What's going on with Goodburnson?
Eric Gudbranson had a late scratch with upper body injury and he missed four of the last eight games.
He was replaced by Biga, who paired with Derrick Folio while Ben Hutton lined up with Troy Stecher.
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