Complete – March 24, 2016 – 8:00 PM ET – Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee – Attendance: 17,113 – Duration: 2 Hours, 35 Minutes
Linesman #65 Pierre Racicot
Linesman #71 Brad Kovachik
Referee #37 Kyle Rehman
Referee #20 Tim Peel
Skater Stats
LWDaniel Sedin110100017:54
LWSven Baertschi101000015:08
LWChris Higgins200000013:32
CHenrik Sedin201000019:51
CBo Horvat210000017:20
CBrendan Gaunce200000213:04
CJared McCann100000012:14
CMarkus Granlund00000000:00
RWEmerson Etem20000-1016:53
RWAlexandre Burrows10100-1016:29
RWJannik Hansen100000016:04
RWLinden Vey00000-1015:49
RWJake Virtanen300000011:32
RWDerek Dorsett00000000:00
RWRadim Vrbata00000000:00
RWAlexandre Grenier00000000:00
DDan Hamhuis200001225:46
DYannick Weber100001022:22
DBen Hutton10000-1022:15
DNikita Tryamkin10000-1019:44
DMatt Bartkowski10000-1019:37
DAlex Biega10000-1017:26
DChristopher Tanev00000000:00
DAndrey Pedan00000000:00
DLuca Sbisa00000000:00
Skater Stats
LWFilip Forsberg710000021:44
LWViktor Arvidsson500000015:11
LWColin Wilson001001015:01
LWEric Nystrom00000026:36
LWAustin Watson00000000:00
CMike Ribeiro000000021:02
CRyan Johansen200001020:44
CCalle Jarnkrok000000018:19
CMike Fisher100000015:59
CColton Sissons00000006:11
CPaul Gaustad00000000:00
RWJames Neal510001023:47
RWCraig Smith100000017:43
RWMiikka Salomaki00000007:01
RWGabriel Bourque00000000:00
DShea Weber40000-1230:05
DRoman Josi20000-1030:01
DRyan Ellis001002023:36
DMattias Ekholm401002023:19
DPetter Granberg000000010:21
DBarret Jackman10000009:37
DAnthony Bitetto00000000:00
Goalie Stats
GRyan Miller3223093.7565:00
GJacob Markstrom00000:00
Goalie Stats
GPekka Rinne2522392.0063:27
GCarter Hutton00000:00
Period 1
Goal scored by Bo Horvat
Assisted by: Sven Baertschi
Penalty on Eric Nystrom: 2 minutes for Roughing
Penalty on Shea Weber: 2 minutes for Hooking
Goal scored by Daniel Sedin (Power Play)
Period 2
Penalty on Dan Hamhuis: 2 minutes for Holding the stick
Period 3
Goal scored by James Neal
Assisted by: Colin Wilson
Goal scored by Filip Forsberg
Assisted by: Mattias Ekholm and Ryan Ellis
Period 4
Penalty on Brendan Gaunce: 2 minutes for Holding
Shootout attempt by Filip Forsberg saved by Ryan Miller.
Shootout attempt by Sven Baertschi saved by Pekka Rinne.
Shootout goal scored by Ryan Johansen on Ryan Miller.
Shootout goal scored by Jared McCann on Pekka Rinne.
Shootout attempt by James Neal saved by Ryan Miller.
Shootout attempt by Linden Vey saved by Pekka Rinne.
Shootout goal scored by Craig Smith on Ryan Miller.
Shootout attempt by Bo Horvat saved by Pekka Rinne.
Predators rally to top Canucks

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Just when it looked like Nashville was headed for a loss, the Predators found a way to win.

Rallying from a two-goal deficit in the third-period, the Predators beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 Thursday in a shootout.

Craig Smith scored the decisive goal in the fourth round of the shootout.

James Neal and Filip Forsberg scored for the Predators in the third period, with Forsberg tying the game at 13:08.

“I think we started off pretty bad in the first (period), but the second was better so we kind of had a little bit of momentum going into the third,” Forsberg said. “Obviously, from there we just created a lot of (chances). It was a really good effort by all of us.

Nashville (38-23-13), which holds the Western Conference’s first wild-card spot, moved within two points of Chicago, the Central Division’s third-place team. The Blackhawks were idle.

“That was a great play by Colin (Wilson) to get me the puck there in a good spot and I was able to find the low blocker shot and use a little bit of a screen,” Neal said. “So it was good to get that in. Willy did a great job with us and he’s skating well, and he made some great plays.”

Vancouver (27-33-13) ended its longest scoring drought in franchise history, but the Canucks lost their sixth straight game.

Bo Horvat and Daniel Sedin scored first-period goals for the Canucks, whose last win was over the Predators on March 12.

Horvat ended the drought at 234 minutes, 52 seconds when he poked home a rebound to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead at 6:52 of the opening period.

Nashville improved to 4-1 in shootouts.

“Yea, the shootouts are good,” Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. “Johansen is really good at it. You know, that trade gave us a real weapon in the shootout. He’s really patient as you saw tonight.”

Vancouver, which began the night 12th in the Western Conference, was shut out in its previous three games. The Canucks scored their first goal since the first period of a 3-1 loss to Colorado on March 16.

Canucks goalie Ryan Miller made 30 saves and took the loss. His career record fell to 4-0-1 in Nashville.

Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne (31-19-10) made 23 saves and earned the win. Rinne is 11-1-2 in his past 14 games.

“I don’t know what’s the reason, but we’ve been really strong in the third period as of late and that was a key for us again,” Rinne said. “A couple of big goals — Nealer and then Filip, Offensively, they’ve been carrying us and it’s a great sign.”

The Canucks increased their lead to 2-0 on Daniel Sedin’s power-play goal at 14:39 of the first period.

Henrik Sedin fed his twin brother with a pass from behind the net, and Daniel Sedin snapped a shot from the low slot that beat Rinne high blocker side.

Predators captain Shea Weber was in the penalty box for hooking.

Nashville’s penalty killers hadn’t allowed a goal in 27 consecutive penalties before Sedin’s 27th goal ended the streak.

The Predators hadn’t allowed a power-play goal the previous eight games.

Vancouver was in an 0-for-26 skid on the power play before Sedin’s goal. The Canucks hadn’t scored on the man advantage in their previous eight games.

“It’s never good to lose, but you’ve got to look at the way we played and I thought we played one of our best games of the year,” Henrik Sedin said. “Getting the D involved, them coming back, but they’ve got a great team over there. They’re Cup contenders and they’re going to make a push.”

Neal narrowed the gap to 2-1 by scoring from the low slot at 11:56 of the third period for his 29th goal of the season.

Forsberg tied it at 2 with a wraparound backhander for his 31st goal of the season, bringing a roar from the crowd.

Nashville extended its home point streak to nine games (6-0-3).

The Predators improved to 14-2-4 against Canadian teams after winning two of three against Vancouver. All seven Canadian teams are likely to miss the playoffs.

Canucks coach Willie Desjardins was pleased by his team’s effort.

“The biggest thing we look for is the effort and there have been a couple games that is hasn’t been right where we want it,” Desjardins said. “You look at (defenseman Nikita) Tryamkin, he was great tonight, played a lot of minutes. I thought Horvat played good tonight.”

NOTES: Nashville set a team record with its 31st sellout of the season as 17,113 filled the arena. … Canucks RW Jannik Hansen, who has scored 19 goals, returned to the lineup after missing the past 11 games with a rib injury. He joined the first line with LW Daniel Sedin and C Henrik Sedin. … Vancouver began a tough stretch against seven teams that appear to be playoff-bound. … Predators LW Filip Forsberg, 21, is the NHL’s youngest 30-goal scorer this season.

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